NSP Land Banking Toolkit

Land Banking tools are intended for grantees and their partners using land banking as a strategy to assemble, temporarily manage, and dispose of vacant land for the purpose of stabilizing neighborhoods and encouraging reuse of urban property.

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Program Setup

Toolkit resources categorized in the Program Setup phase are intended for use in the planning and program design phase of NSP projects. Resources include sample policies and procedures, program manuals, checklists, and sample agreements.

Overview of Land Banks

NSP Land Banking Toolkit: Overview of Land Bank Decisions and Tools

This component of the NSP Toolkits serves as an overview document for the Land Banking Toolkit

Date Published: December 2010

Landbanking Under NSP: Key Considerations for Disposition Video

This brief video explains why all five considerations are critical for successful disposition and connects grantees with additional resources

Date Published: March 2015

Community Outreach and Involvement

NSP Community Involvement Program Guidelines for Land Banks

Guidance document on conducting community outreach for land banks

Date Published: September 2010

Financing Land Banking Programs

NSP Sample Land Bank Funding Matrix

Matrix providing information on different types funding and collaboration strategies for land banks

Date Published: September 2010

NSP Sample Land Bank Operating Budget

Adaptable framework for use in designing an operating budget for a land bank

Date Published: September 2010

Partnering with Local Government

Sample MOU Between NSP Grantee and Land Bank Authority

Sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) between a city NSP grantee and land bank authority — to be used as a guide for creating a customized MOU meeting the unique needs of the project

Date Published: August 2010

Sample Policies and Procedures

Example of Governance Structures for Land Banks

Information on a sampling of land banking governance structures in use throughout the country

Date Published: September 2010

Sample Side Lot Disposition Policies and Procedures

Sample policies and procedures for side-lot disposition by land banks

Date Published: September 2010

Sample Job Description for Land Bank Program Director

Sample job description that should be adapted based on the unique characteristics and circumstances surrounding the land banking project

Date Published: August 2010

Sample NSP Land Bank Policies and Procedures

Set of sample policies and procedures that may be adapted in the implementation and administration of land banking programs

Date Published: August 2010

Soliciting and Selecting Contractors

NSP Sample RFP for Boarding Contractors

Adaptable framework for use in designing an RFP for soliciting boarding contractors for land banks

Date Published: September 2010

NSP Sample RFP for Maintenance Contractors

Adaptable framework for use in designing an RFP for soliciting maintenance contractors for land banks — can also be modified as an RFQ

Date Published: September 2010

Land Banking Process

Example of Acquisition and Disposition Process Map for Land Banking

Visual representations of the acquisition and disposition processes for properties for land banking

Date Published: September 2010

NSP Land Banking 101: What is a Land Bank?

General reference document providing information on how to design and operate a successful land bank — includes strategies for designing governance structures and identifying income sources

Date Published: September 2010

Acquisition of Properties

Toolkit resources categorized in the Acquisition of Properties phase are intended for use by grantees and their partners who are using NSP funds to acquire property. Resources deal with such issues as property research, URA compliance, tenant protection and relocation, environmental review and more.

Accepting Property Donations

NSP Sample Land Bank Property Donation Checklist

Sample due-diligence checklist for use prior to accepting a donated property for a land bank

Date Published: September 2010

General Guidance on Property Acquisition

NSP Property Acquisition Guide

Guide to complying with NSP requirements related to property acquisition

Date Published: September 2010

Sample NSP Property Acquisition File Checklist

Index of documents to be included in a paper file for a property being acquired under NSP

Date Published: September 2010

Sample Agreements for Land Banking

NSP Sample Land Banking Agreement

Date Published: September 2010

NSP Sample Land Banking Option Agreement

Date Published: September 2010

Property and Occupancy Management

Toolkit resources categorized in the Property and Occupancy Management phase are intended for use by grantees and their partners who are carrying out day-to-day operations of the buildings and units developed with NSP funds. Resources deal with such issues as maintenance programs, rental management, income qualification, and more.

Boarding and Securing Land Bank Properties

Sample Boarding Specifications for Land Banking

Sample specifications to use for boarding and securing land bank properties

Date Published: September 2010

Designing and Implementing a Clean and Green Program

NSP Sample Clean and Green Maintenance Program Agreement

Sample agreement between a land bank and community organization participating in a Clean & Green program that involves community groups in the maintenance of land-banked properties

Date Published: September 2010

Sample Clean and Green Maintenance Program Guidelines

Sample guidelines for a Clean & Green program that involves community groups in the maintenance of land-banked properties

Date Published: September 2010

Sample Agreements for Land Banking

NSP Sample Land Bank Maintenance Agreement

Sample agreement between a land bank and maintenance contractor — outlines roles and responsibilities of contractors assisting in maintenance of land-banked properties

Date Published: September 2010

Program Administration

Toolkit resources categorized in the Program Administration phase are intended for use by grantees and their partners who are managing the activities carried out under NSP. Resources deal with project and financial management issues, and include sample checklists and activity logs.

Tracking Project Data

NSP Property Development Activity Log

Spreadsheet for subrecipients and developers to track NSP project data for their own data management purposes and to transmit to the NSP grantee

Date Published: August 2010

NSP Site and Rehabilitation Approval Request Form

Spreadsheet for tracking crucial information on property acquisitions

Date Published: August 2010