Clayton County Land Bank sign

by Robin Kemp

The Clayton County Land Bank Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 at Arts Clayton, 136 Main St., Jonesboro. According to the board’s notice posted on its webpage, the public can access the meeting via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/94058195944.

The Land Bank is the agency that takes over abandoned or dilapidated properties and resells them to local governments or individuals to get those properties back on the tax rolls.

Old business on the agenda includes two proposals from DOT (the agenda doesn’t specify whether that’s CCDOT or GDOT). One has to do with a roundabout at Lake Jodeco Road. The other is listed as “SR 42 project.” SR 42 includes Moreland Avenue, which has been on the Aerotropolis Atlanta radar for improvements for some time now.

New business under consideration includes:

  • a report from legal counsel about properties the Land Bank currently holds, redemptions made on any of those properties, and revisions to the board’s bylaws and administrative policies and procedures. (In October 2020, The Clayton Crescent reported on changes to the board’s makeup, including each city sending its own representative.)
  • Dr. Rebekah Wright will present a report from the Land Bank’s Budget Committee.
  • The board will discuss the specifics of how it acquires properties, including:
    • how to identify “properties of interest” in non-judicial tax sales and how to communicate the bid to the levying officer
    • how to accept properties donated to the Land Bank
  • It will discuss how to maintain properties the Land Bank has in its portfolio, specifically:
    • How the properties will be kept up
    • How to handle code enforcement citations and citizen complaints
  • The board also will talk about property disposition when a prior bid was awarded but the property was not conveyed, how school district taxes come into play, and the process for reviewing additional applications.
  • Finally, the board is scheduled to consider a request from NBC I, LLC about a redemption calculation on seven parcels.

Here are the current properties the Land Bank is holding, according to its webpage, as of press time:

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