In February 2009, the National Vacant Properties Campaign issued a policy assessment report titled, “Regenerating Youngstown and Mahoning County through Vacant Property Reclamation: Reforming Systems and Right-Sizing Markets,” which contained a regional assessment of vacant property policies and programs in the city of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Included in this policy report is the recommendation that a Regional Property Information System (RPIS) be designed and implemented in Mahoning County, to compile an accurate representation of property and neighborhood conditions.
According to the NVPC policy brief, the constantly evolving nature of communities makes it difficult for municipalities to have an accurate and comprehensive picture of property and neighborhood conditions. Understanding the vacant and abandoned property landscape is even more challenging. Tracking real property information is not glamorous, nor does it produce the physical results residents can see in their neighborhoods. However, this information is vital for making important decisions that do lead to tangible activities affecting community residents.
The measures Mahoning County and the city of Youngstown can put in place to periodically capture and record information for a RPIS will go a long way in addressing the challenges it experiences because of vacant and abandoned properties. The design of an RPIS for Mahoning County should facilitate a holistic method for managing vacant and abandoned properties. Access to reliable data and the tools necessary for analyzing that data may also aid in securing grants to provide additional support for addressing vacant and abandoned properties in these communities.
A RPIS contains a comprehensive collection real property data, much of which is available through local municipalities and county government. The availability of this data and the subsequent development of a localized RPIS will enable local community leaders to make informed decisions and develop solutions that will improve neighborhood conditions and quality of life in communities throughout Mahoning County.
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|Vacant Properties, 2016||Y|
|Vacant Properties, 2008||Y|
|Vacant Properties, 2010||Y|
|Vacant Properties, 2012||Y|
|Tax Delinquent Land||Y||Y|
|Vacant Industrial, Commercial, and Residential Land||Y||Y|