Preliminary Analysis of Land Banking and other tools for Spokane Washington

Analysis of Land Banking and other tools for Spokane, Washington to Address Vacant and Abandoned Properties and Create a Pipeline for Affordable Housing


In January 2021, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) was engaged by Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) on behalf of the Invest Health Spokane team to explore whether a land bank is the right tool to address the inventory of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties and create a pipeline of affordable housing in Spokane. 

This is a two-part report that includes an educational section on land banks and their role in affordable housing (with a special note on community land trusts), and a technical section on the City’s legal systems and programmatic tools to address VAD properties. A key conclusion of the report is that the City of Spokane is encouraged to first explore reforms to their code enforcement systems. Through increased collaboration and coordination among local code enforcement and delinquent property tax enforcement, the City could unlock additional funding and a pipeline of VAD property that could go to a potential land bank or other new, responsible party for affordable housing. Prioritizing these reforms could set the foundation for future discussions regarding a land bank.

Spokane, Washington: Preliminary Analysis of Land Banking and other tools to Address Vacant and Abandoned Properties and Create a Pipeline for Affordable Housing is a resource developed by the Center for Community Progress. Do not upload the PDF of the publication itself to any other public website or forum without written permission of Center for Community Progress. For additional information or to request such permission, contact info@communityprogress.org.

Published: January 2021

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