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PRIOR PRINTER'S NO. 1228
PRINTER'S NO. 1562
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1163
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY SALISBURY, MADDEN, BRENNAN, SANCHEZ, HILL-EVANS,
BOROWSKI, KINKEAD, GALLAGHER, ABNEY, MULLINS, McANDREW,
TAKAC, FLEMING, SAMUELSON, WAXMAN, PIELLI, PISCIOTTANO,
SMITH-WADE-EL, PARKER, DONAHUE, T. DAVIS, PROBST, KAZEEM,
KHAN AND MERSKI, MAY 18, 2023
AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED, JUNE 13, 2023
AN ACT
Amending Title 68 (Real and Personal Property) of the
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in land banks, providing
for municipal acquisition of real property.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:
ยง 2122. Municipal acquisition of real property.
(a) Authorization.--A municipality may authorize a land bank
to acquire and redevelop real property if all of the following
apply:
(1) The property is abandoned, vacant or blighted for
five consecutive years or has been declared a nuisance
property by the municipality for five consecutive years.
(1) THE PROPERTY:
(I) IS ABANDONED OR VACANT AND BLIGHTED, EXCEPT FOR
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UNIMPROVED LAND, FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE YEARS; OR
(II) IS ABANDONED OR VACANT AND HAS BEEN DECLARED A
NUISANCE PROPERTY BY THE MUNICIPALITY FOR FIVE
CONSECUTIVE YEARS.
(2) The property has a record of building code
violations or has been in SERIOUS violation of municipal
ordinances, including tax delinquency.
(3) The municipality has attempted at least three
notifications BY MAIL, INCLUDING THE FIRST NOTIFICATION BY
CERTIFIED MAIL, to the owner of the property to remediate the
building code violations or ordinance violations.
(b) Notification.--If the abandonment , OR vacancy or AND
blight of the property continues after the requirements of
subsection (a)(1), (2) and (3) have been established, the
municipality shall notify the owner of the property by certified
mail that the property is subject to be designated as available
for acquisition through a land bank due to abandonment , OR
vacancy or AND blight. Ninety days after the notification under
this subsection has been delivered and if the owner has not
requested an appeal hearing, the municipality may designate the
property as available for acquisition through a land bank.
Notification under this subsection shall include information on
the appeal process established under subsection (c).
(c) Appeal.--An owner of a property may appeal the
designation of the property as available for acquisition through
a land bank. A municipality shall provide a property owner a
hearing. A municipality may:
(1) Grant an appeal if the owner of a property provides
the municipality with a plan for the use or redevelopment of
the property 30 days prior to an appeal hearing. The plan for
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use or redevelopment shall include a timeline for
redevelopment, including scheduled dates when phases of the
redevelopment are planned to be completed, the proposed final
completion date, other information regarding the future plans
for the property and at least one of the following:
(i) actual or pending financing for redevelopment;
(ii) architectural drawings for redevelopment; or
(iii) a contract with a real estate developer,
contractor or other professional for use or redevelopment
of the property.
(2) If an appeal is granted and a redevelopment plan is
implemented, inspect a property at any time to ensure that
the redevelopment plan is being implemented. If an inspection
provides evidence that, without just cause, the redevelopment
plan is not being implemented or is failing to meet the
scheduled dates when phases of the redevelopment are planned
to be completed, the municipality may revoke the appeal and
designate the property as available for acquisition through a
land bank.
(3) If an owner provides evidence that an extension to a
redevelopment plan is warranted, grant extensions to the plan
in no more than six-month increments or designate the
property as available for acquisition through a land bank.
(d) Acquisition.--Following the designation of real property
as available for acquisition through a land bank, a land bank
may acquire the property under section 2109 (relating to
acquisition of property).
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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