Welcome to PCRG’s land bank advocacy page. We hope you can use these materials to promote the land bank and combat blight in your community.

Land Bank Overview

PCRG and its members have been at the forefront of the land banking movement in Pittsburgh. Following the passage of the statewide legislation in 2012, the City of Pittsburgh, community organizations, community development corporations and land bank advocates worked to create the City’s Land Bank Ordinance. As of April 2016, the City of Pittsburgh successfully adopted the Land Bank Ordinance, which provides the legal framework for the official creation of the Pittsburgh Land Bank as a separate legal entity from the City.


The mission of the Pittsburgh Land Bank is “to return unproductive Real Property to beneficial reuse through an equitable, transparent, public process, thereby revitalizing neighborhoods in line with community goals and needs…. The Land Bank shall strive to support socially and economically diverse communities and strengthen the City’s tax base.” Read more about the Pittsburgh Land Bank on their website.


Given the history of uneven development in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, equity in access and use is paramount. To that end, we welcome you to use the materials below to educate, inform, and inspire your members and communities to action.


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Contact PCRG:

For more information about the Pittsburgh Land Bank and PCRG’s role in implementing it, please contact Alyssa Lyon, Manager of Membership and Engagement, at alyon@pcrg.org or Sarah Slater, Program Coordinator-Land Use, at sslater@pcrg.org.

PCRG Resources

Fall/Winter 2016 & 2017 Resources:


Land Bank Resource Archive:

  • Developed in 2014, during the passage of the Pittsburgh Land Bank Ordinance, this document summarizes PCRG member core principals for the Pittsburgh Land Bank.
  • This presentation was created by PCRG and Councilwoman Gross’s office in 2014 to explain how a land bank would be implemented in Pittsburgh.

External Resources

  • The Center for Community Progress has excellent educational materials about land banking. Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Communities is available at their website. They also have an excellent Frequently Asked Questions page addressing common questions asked about land banking.
  • The text of the Pittsburgh Land Bank Ordinance is available from the City of Pittsburgh website.
  • The text of the Pennsylvania General Assembly legislation enabling land banks to be formed in the state of Pennsylvania is available from the General Assembly website.
  • The Land Bank Bylaws are available from the City of Pittsburgh website.