3/18/11 OHIO VACANT PROPERTIES FORUM: CURRENT CHALLENGES, CRAFTING CHANGES A statewide forum sponsored by: Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission National Vacant Properties Campaign October 24 & 25, 2005 Location: Hyatt on Capitol Square; 75 E. State Street; Columbus, Ohio 43215 OCTOBER 24 8:30 Registration/continental breakfast 9:00 Welcome and Introduction Don Chen, Smart Growth America The Hon. Michael B. Coleman, Mayor of Columbus (invited) 9:15 Opening Keynote The Hon. Mike Turner, U.S. Representative, Ohio’s 3rd District 9:45 Opening Plenary - The Vacant Property Challenge in Ohio: The Cycle of Abandonment Moderator: Lavea Brachman, Delta Institute Panel: Doug Harsany, Ohio Department of Development Joe Schilling, Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech Georgine Welo, Mayor of South Euclid john powell , Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University 11:00 Break 11:15 Morning Plenary - The Ohio Story: Legal, Demographic, and Market Trends Moderator: Ruth Clevenger, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Panel: Kermit Lind, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Community Advocacy Clinic Jason Reece, Kirwan Institute Tom Bier, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University Gene Krebs, Greater Ohio (invited) 12:15 Luncheon Keynote “Regional Equity and Redevelopment” Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School 1:30 Breakout Session I - Challenges and Opportunities Causes of Abandonment Learning from commonalities and differences from regions across the state. Facilitated by Frank Ford, Neighborhood Progress, Inc., and Mary Rogers, Ohio CDC Association (invited) Foreclosures and the Problem of Clearing Titles Discussing the sharp increase in foreclosures across the state, and how foreclosures fuel abandonment. Facilitated by Richard Cordray, Franklin County Treasurer; Jim McCarthy, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center (invited); Richard Pfeiffer, City of Columbus 3/18/11 Wanted: Statewide Approaches to Vacant Property Assisting local and regional solutions with a statewide perspective. Facilitated by Ken LeBlanc, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Brownfields – Clean-up, Liability and Re-use Considering the tough challenges posed by vacant and abandoned industrial and commercial properties. Facilitated by Lavea Brachman, Delta Institute, and John Magill, Ohio Department of Development. 3:00 Break 3:15 Afternoon Plenary – Tapping into Available Resources Moderator: Lawrence Anderson, Vice President and Southeast Regional Director, The Enterprise Foundation Panel: Royce Yeater, National Trust for Historic Preservation Jennifer Leonard, National Vacant Properties Campaign Carlton Eley, US EPA Chris Warren, ShoreBank Enterprise Cleveland 4:30 Adjournment 5:00 Evening Reception OCTOBER 25 8:00 Breakfast with Members of the General Assembly: Hot Topics in Land Use, Planning and Redevelopment (tentative) 9:00 Breakfast plenary – National Models Part I: Remedies and Opportunities Information systems, land banks, municipal systems Moderator: Frank Alexander, Emory University School of Law (invited) Panel: John Kromer, Fels Institute Dan Kildee, Genesee County, Michigan Treasurer Anika Goss-Foster, Detroit LISC 10:15 Break 10:30 Breakout Session II - Best Practices Avoiding Foreclosure Preventing foreclosure and exploring loss mitigation tools. Facilitated by Fannie Mae. Preservation and Development Preserving historic properties through strategic reuse and rehabilitation. Facilitated by Kevin Kuchenbecker, Heritage Ohio; Sue Douglass, Blaine Bridge Community Preservation Project, Inc.; Lorna Swisher, Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.; Terry L. Haworth, Darke County Commissioner Reuse of Residential Property Financing and planning residential redevelopment for positive neighborhood change. Facilitated by Doug Harsany, Ohio Department of Development County Treasurer Innovations Highlighting new tools to expedite foreclosures- tax lien sales and boards of revisions. Facilitated by John Reardon, Mahoning County Treasurer and James Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer 3/18/11 Prosecutors, Housing Court Judges, and Community Development Corporations Examining indispensable partnerships in combating vacant properties. Facilitated by Ray Pianka, Cleveland Housing Court judge, Richard Pfeiffer, City Attorney, Columbus, and Jan Kappenhagen, Cudell Improvement/Midwest Housing Partnership. 11:45 Luncheon Panel – National Models Part II: State Policy and Legislative Reform Reforms and movements in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Moderator: Frank Alexander, Emory University School of Law (invited) Panel: Alan Mallach, National Housing Institute Elizabeth Hersh, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 1:15 Breakout Session III: Building an Agenda for Ohio Information Systems and Assessment: Costs of Abandonment vs. the Benefits of Vacant Property Reform What are the core ingredients to a comprehensive property information system; what are the policy barriers to designing and developing such systems; what type of information do we need in order to make the case for vacant property reform? Prevention and Rehabilitation Strategies Code enforcement, landlord counseling, home owner repair programs, vacant property registration ordinances, receivership and more. Acquisition and Management of Vacant Properties and Abandoned Buildings Strengthening public sector tools and building community and economic development capacity. Sustainable Reuse and Land Use Planning Exploring alternative reuse options, such as greenways, affordable housing and how planning and zoning code reform affects abandoned and vacant properties. Breakout facilitators will include Frank Alexander, Frank Ford, Dan Kildee, John Kromer, Alan Mallach, Mary Helen Petrus (CNDC), and Joe Schilling 3:00 Concluding Session & Call to Action Moderator: Frank Alexander (invited) Reports from breakout sessions; forming an action plan. 4:00 Adjournment 3/18/11 This forum is being held to: Highlight the widespread issue of vacant properties in Ohio, a problem that affects not only our large urban centers, but rural and suburban areas as well; Show linkages between vacant property revitalization and efforts in Ohio aimed at economic development, smart growth, regional equity, community building, and other similar programs; Learn about common tools and best practices for preventing and addressing the vacant property problem; Identify statutory reform measures and initiatives that would improve the prospects of vacant property redevelopment in Ohio; Build an agenda for Ohio. Key Forum Questions: How prevalent are vacant properties in Ohio and what communities are affected? What are the barriers to making vacant properties productive once again? What are common tools and best practices used to reduce and prevent the problem – in Ohio and throughout nation? What practices and tools exist under current Ohio statutes for local authorities to use in returning vacant properties to productive use? What reforms would help expedite and facilitate vacant property reuse? How can public entities and the private sector interests collaborate to improve vacant property redevelopment? How do we build on the connections made at the forum to make a difference in Ohio?
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