Editable-Baltimore's Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste - Flipbook - Page 40
Priority Actions that foster
responsible community land
ownership and tighter enforcement
of dumping activity are required:
1. Create a “$1 vacant lot program”37 to award properties to nonprofits and community-based organizations with a stewardship and
development plan. Pair this effort with an “End Illegal Dumping Fund” of
$1 million annually to operationalize the maintenance of these lots empowering residents to reclaim these parcels and to put them into
productive use as land for affordable housing, gardens, farms, and play
spaces. The fund is to prioritize reallocation of resources to frontline
communities that have historically been dumped on, disinvested in,
and disproportionately impacted by destructive disposal activities (e.g.
landfills and incinerators).
2. Commit $20 million annually from municipal economic development
bonds or other revenue sources for jobs deconstructing nuisance and
vacant properties and reusing/recycling recovered building materials.
3. Require landlords to store possessions for evicted tenants. Prevent
illegal dumping of possessions at the curb or in nearby vacant lots by
reopening a City-run storage facility. The facility provides an
opportunity to store possessions without destroying them and
facilitates residents’ retrieval of their possessions.