BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Brad CromesTreasurer, Board Chair
  • Kathleen ClydeCommissioner, Vice-Chair
  • Bridget SuselCity of Kent, Board Treasurer
  • Sue FieldsBrimfield Township
  • Vicki A. Kline, CPACommissioner
County Auditor
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About the Portage County Land Bank

The Portage County Land Reutilization Corporation, or “land bank,” is a quasi-governmental nonprofit entity created by the Portage County Board of Commissioners in 2012 as a strategic response to the foreclosure crisis of 2008.  The land bank seeks to return blighted and vacant properties to productive use.

The land bank achieves this goal by strategically acquiring blighted properties and utilizing rehabilitation, resale, demolition, and other economic development tools to increase the value of those properties and those that surround them. Over time, the net effect of these efforts will be to improve quality of life for all residents of the county.

The majority of properties the Portage County Land Bank acquires are beyond repair and are scheduled for demolition. Demolition strategically done in communities will remove the blighting influence and help the remaining homes’ values increase and stabilize.

The land bank is funded by a variety of sources. Its primary funding comes from a set aside of penalty and interest revenue from delinquent real estate taxes (also known as “DTAC” funds).  Utilizing these funds allows the land bank to operate without cost to the county’s general revenue fund.  Other funding sources include grants, sale of acquired property, and donations.

The Portage County Land Bank facilitates the conversion of vacant, blighted, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties to productive use for the benefit of our community.

Mission

History

Legislation to create politically independent land banks formed out of a need to respond to the housing crisis of 2008. Legislators enabled Ohio Senate bill 353, during the 127th General Assembly which allowed Cuyahoga County Commissioners to create the first modern land bank. Legislation later included counties with lower populations, opening the opportunity to Portage County.

In 2012, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Moving Ohio Forward Program provided a way for communities to get much-needed funding. This program used funds Ohio received from a settlement with the nation’s mortgage servicers. The program’s purpose was to allow communities to mobilize, seek grant funding, and respond to the long-term effects of the foreclosure crisis of 2008.

In 2012 the Portage County Land Bank was created. The new land bank focused on administering the MOF grant funds, which mostly consisted of demolition projects. In 2014 the Moving Ohio Forward program concluded.

January 20, 2016 PBLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

February 24, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

March 23, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 6, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 27, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

May 23, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

July 13, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

August 24, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

September 28, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

October 19, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

November 2016 – No Meeting

December 07, 2016 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

January 25, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

February 22, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

March 22, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 26, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

May 24, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

June 28, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

July 27, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

August 24, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

September 28, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

October 16, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

November 13, 2017 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

December 2017 – No Meeting

January 2018 – No Meeting

February 12, 2018 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

March 12, 2018 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 9, 2018 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

July 9, 2018 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

October 10, 2018 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

January 14, 2019 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 8, 2019 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

July 29, 2019 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

October 21, 2019 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

December 9, 2019 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

January 15, 2020 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

April 15, 2020 – Meeting Canceled

July 15, 2020 PCLB Meeting Minutes (PDF)

July 15, 2020 PCLB Annual Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Financials

Policies

Annual Report