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Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM

Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager
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Phoebe Walker

Director of Community Services

Vacant and abandoned buildings can be a financial drain on towns, can pose health and safety issues for residents and first responders, and can decrease the value of nearby properties.

FRCOG Planning staff, partnering with our Cooperative Public Health Service, developed a Toolkit to help towns address vacant and abandoned buildings, focused on housing. The toolkit includes: 1) How to form a task force and who should serve on it, 2) How to inventory vacant and abandoned properties and set priorities for resolving issues and 3) how to follow various paths a town can pursue to clean up these properties.

Vacant and Abandoned Buildings: Toolkit for Town Officials (PDF, 5.81 MB)

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