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. The City of Pittsburgh successfully passed its own  land bank ordinance which provided the legal framework for the official creation of the Pittsburgh Land Bank as a separate legal entity from the City. The Pittsburgh Land Bank is now fully operational and transacting land


  • 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 you and your community to take action.


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Contact PCRG:

For more information about the Pittsburgh Land Bank and PCRG’s role in implementing it, please contact Kathryn Schlesinger, Policy Coordinator, at kschlesinger@pcrg.org.

PCRG Resources

  • The Pittsburgh Land Bank held a total of five public meetings in March 2017 to gather feedback on the initial policies and procedures.  Learn more about these public meetings, and learn how to give feedback at PLB Board Meetings at this link.
  • These infographics explain the problems caused by vacant property and blight in Pittsburgh, and how a land bank can help solve those problems.
  • Read the letter PCRG sent to the Land Bank Board of Directors on October 21, 2016, signed by PCRG member organizations.
  • Read the Memo for PCRG Membership sent on November 17, 2016 regarding the Pittsburgh Land Bank Policies and Procedures Membership Discussions held by PCRG on October 12, 13, and 14, 2016.
  • Read more about the past successes PCRG members have had shaping the Pittsburgh Land Bank Ordinance.
  • This one page document provides an introduction to land banks and their implementation in Pittsburgh.
  • 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 Pennsylvania General Assembly legislation enabling land banks to be formed in the state of Pennsylvania is available from the General Assembly website.
  • General information about the Pittsburgh Land Bank is available on their Policies page.