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Regulation to Revitalization: The Role of Strategic Code Enforcement

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Baltimore, MD

When city officials hear “code enforcement,” a few images might be most likely to come to mind: inspectors with clipboards, stacks of 311 messages reporting overgrown lawns, or pages upon pages of local housing codes. On September 10, 2014, the Center for Community Progress will present Regulation to Revitalization: The Role of Strategic Code Enforcement, a daylong workshop that will challenge municipal leaders to think bigger about what code enforcement means – and what it can achieve.  

Over the course of this workshop, to be held at the Hilton Baltimore at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) 79th Annual Conference, participants will learn creative legal tools and strategies that make up an integrated approach to property regulation in support of community revitalization. Regulation to Revitalization: The Role of Strategic Code Enforcement is designed for any local government official – not just lawyers – whose work touches on the problems of non-compliant, substandard, and abandoned properties, particularly in cities facing large-scale blight.  

Expert faculty from around the country will lead sessions on topics including legal issues in strategic property regulation (such as targeted code enforcement), irresponsible landlord and speculative investor strategies, regulatory tactics for rental properties, receivership, and how code enforcement strategies are shaped by market conditions. Participants will leave with new ideas and new research to support their work to revitalize blighted properties.  

In addition, the day will conclude with a special problem-solving clinic for participants. Workshop faculty will answer questions submitted in advance by conference attendees. This is an opportunity for code officials and municipal lawyers to gain expert insight into broad issues affecting property regulation, such as targeted code enforcement, ‘carrots and sticks’ for rental property regulation, and market-based strategies that work. Community Progress encourages participants to submit questions which focus on broader policy and practice issues (due to the multijurisdictional nature of the workshop and limited time, experts will not be able to delve deeply into legal jurisdictional contexts). Questions for the clinic must be submitted to Karen Blake at by August 1, 2014 to be considered for inclusion.