JUNE 1st - JUNE 4th
COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION: A HYPERLOCAL APPROACH

Session 3 – Unlocking Vacant Lots and Forgotten Liens to Accomplish Strategic Goals

Vacant land, abandoned buildings and blighted areas are problems that plague every community. In this session, you’ll learn how you can start turning those problems into real opportunities using strategies that cities across the state are using. This panel discussion will feature real-life examples and success stories from experts in code enforcement and neighborhood affairs. You’ll leave with tools you can put to work immediately!

Turn This
Into This

700 Phoenix Avenue – Now for Sale $249,900

Before Photo: After City Cleaned up yard and Junk. House boarded up.

After Photo: Court/Foreclosure Sale. Remodeled and now for Sale.

Before Photo: Rear yard, after City cleanup and Securing Structure

After Photo: Rear yard with new
fencing etc.

CODE ENFORCEMENT IS YOUR MOST (OVERLOOKED) VALUABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT,

AND

MANAGEMENT TOOL!

JUST HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM/OPPORTUNITY?

James Corbett
Neighborhood Affairs Administrator
City of St Petersburg

St. Petersburg improves its housing stock by transforming vacant lots into affordable housing

Voluntary Compliance And Thoughtful Resolutions That Benefit The Community

Codes Compliance Assistance Department

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Our Goal

Tracey Schofield
Community Standards Division
City of Largo

Community Standards

Foreclosure program paying off in Largo's battle against blight

Effective Management is The Key to Community Success

Code Enforcement is a Powerful Economic Development and Community Engagement Tool But Elected Officials Need to Take a More Proactive Role in Using This Tool

  • What is the total dollar amount of liens owed to the city?
  • How many vacant lots and abandoned buildings exist in our city? (cross referenced with liens on them)
  • How many open code cases do we have that have daily running fines and are not in compliance?
  • How many open code cases do we have that are in compliance, but still have fines due?
  • Do we have a process in place to address code cases that are either in compliance of not and still have fines due?
  • Have we recorded a lien with the County Clerks Office for all cases that are still outstanding?
  • Do we have a process in place, if we need to foreclose on a property? If not, why?
  • Do we have a fine reduction process? If not, why not?

Other things to consider:

Effective July 1, 2021 Code Case Reporting has Declined DRAMATICALLY.
(This means your code employees have a lot more time to devote to practical resolutions.)

Your Key Takeaway: Get to Know and Understand YOUR Department
The Ultimate Goal: A More Consistent And Effective System In Place Statewide

MATT WEIDNER

Matthew Weidner
CLOSING ARGUMENT

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT MATT WEIDNER
727-954-8752