Resources

LAND BANK + COMMUNITY LAND TRUST STRATEGY
The Case for a New York City Land Bank, February 2016
Explains how a land bank and a community land trust can be strategic partners to create a supply of permanently affordable housing.

 

 

TWO-TIER MODEL CHART
Explains the two-tier approach to CLT management that enables CLTs to scale up with central services that support grassroots CLT organizations.
Berkshire Community Land Trust founding documents for the two tier CLT model.

 

 

RESEARCH REPORT
Development Without Displacement: The case for community land trusts, May 2015 report from Tufts University

 

 

 

WORKFORCE HOUSING INFO-GRAPHIC
Info graphic explains features, benefits and impact of community land trust approach to affordable workforce housing.

 

 

 

WHOLE FARM PRESERVATION INFO-GRAPHIC
Info-graphic explains why farmland, and land for farmsteads, outbuildings and farmworker homes must be conserved together in an agriculture preservation scheme designed to foster food security.

 

 

PURCHASE & SALE PROCESS
Model Residential Lease Agreement (September 2015) – PDF file format
Model Residential Lease Agreement (September 2015) – Microsoft Word file format
Buyer Selection Process and Criteria (May 2015) developed by the Board to guide the sale of buildings on community-owned land: CLTSB-SelectionProcess+Criteria-V2
Home Buyer Application (May 2015) developed by the Board to guide potential buyers of buildings on community-owned land: CLTSB-BuyerApplication-V2

COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS
Schumacher Center for a New Economics  Directory of Community Land Trusts in the United States and elsewhere.

National Community Land Trust Network

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

History of the movement: Origins-Evolution-CLT-byJohnDavis

Spinning for the Commons, an essay by Susan Witt

This July 2014 report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy explains how different community land trusts engage their stakeholders: Resident and Community Engagement in Community Land Trusts by Emily Thaden and Jeffrey S. Lowe, © 2014 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  CLT-engagement-July2014-LIncLandInst

This July 2014 report from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy explains how different community land trusts operate: Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing by Robert Hickey,  Lisa Sturtevant,  and Emily Thaden © 2014 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  CLT-inclusion-July2014-LincLandInst

This April 2014 U.S. Housing & Urban Development report explains issues and policies for transit-oriented housing development: Creating Connected Communities: A Guidebook for Improving Transportation Connections for Low- and Moderate-Income Households in Small and Mid-Sized Cities  CLT-Creating_Cnnted_Coms-HUD

Book title Property and Values: Alternatives to Public and Private Ownership, Edited by Charles Geisler and Gail Daneker, Island Press (2000), Chapter 12 titled Vermont Housing and Conservation Board — A Conspiracy of Good Will among Land Trusts and Housing Trusts by James M. Libby Jr. and Darby Bradley CLT-VtHsng+ConsvBoard-PropValues-Ch12

ROBERT SWANN
Land: Challenge and Opportunity by Susan Witt and Robert Swann, 1988
Discusses various uses of a community land trust and how different community organizations can cooperate to effectively enable land and farmland preservation, initiate community land use planning and create affordable housing.
The Community Land Trust: A Guide to a New Model for Land Tenure in America  by Bob Swann
This book is the first documentation of the community land trust concept, originally published in 1972.
Introduction to the 1972 edition of The Community Land Trust Handbook by Robert Swann. Discusses the evolution and historical precedents for community land trusts.
Land Trusts as Part of a Threefold Economic Strategy for Regional Integration by Robert Swann. His threefold strategy includes land trusts, community development corporations and community money. Includes a discussion of key reasons why land trusts are advantageous in a strategy of regional decentralization.
Alternatives to Ownership: Land Trusts as Land Reform by Robert Swann. Short discussion of community land trusts as a way to create long-lasting land reform.
Land, Land Trusts and Employment by Robert Swann. He disputes Keynes’ approach to economic management, and offers the community land trust as a more effective vehicle for increasing employment in a region.

FARMS, FARM HOUSES & FARMLAND
Regional Responsibility for Farmland by Susan Witt, 1985
Clarifies the roles of the Land Trust in preserving farm land, and points to the potential for Community Land Trusts and Conservation Land Trusts to work together.
Group Effort Saves Nation’s First CSA Farm by Susan Witt, 1999
The Nature Conservancy, the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires, and two farmers form a partnership to save Indian Line Farm.
A New Lease on Farmland by Susan Witt, 1990
Paper on how conservation land trusts and community land trusts can cooperate to save working farmland for working farmers.

SUSTAINABLE BERKSHIRES
Sustainable Berkshires is an eight-part report produced by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and approved by the board of commissioners March 20, 2014. The report is a master plan for the future of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Page 45 of the Housing and Neighborhoods section recommends the community land trust model as a top strategy for addressing housing needs.

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