DLBA : The Next 5 Years

Next Five is the Detroit Land bank Authority's current strategic planning effort. We are engaging in a multi-month process to set goals, priorities, and specific actions for the next five years.






Share Your Input

Thank you to all who took the surveys this year!


Your input is incredibly valuable to Next Five. The questions in this second survey were designed to understand how DLBA can improve its service and engagement with your communities.

Please help us by sharing upcoming surveys with your family, friends, and neighbors throughout Detroit. We want to hear from all Detroiters about what revitalizing our city means to them!


Where you can find us

We will be attending at least 100 events during the next five process to learn more about what is important for you. Join us at one of our upcoming community events to learn more about the Detoit Land Bank Authority , ask questions, and share your feedback.



Want us to host an event in your community? Contact us here!

Next Five Timeline

Check out where we are in the Next Five process.


Frequently Asked Questions

In 2022, DLBA recognized the need for both immediate changes and long-term strategy. With the support of Center for Community Progress, we developed a strategic framework which identified immediate steps from improvement and areas to explore during a strategic planning process. We have been working diligently on implementing the framework recommendations and are using it as a foundation for Next Five.


A strategic plan is a tool to define and share an organization’s direction. It includes vision and mission statements, long-term goals, and the steps needed to achieve those goals. Strategic plans help organizations make informed decisions about policies, programming, and budgets. DLBA’s inventory is changing – both in terms of what we have (less structures, more lots) and what we’re receiving (less properties, less structures). We also know we need to be more transparent and accountable, and this plan will set goals and metrics for us to track and share over the next five years.


Everyone who is interested! A team of DLBA staff are leading this process, along with a consultant team comprised of Center for Community Progress and JFM Consulting The Detroit Land Bank Authority has pulled together an Advisory Panel of fifteen local and regional leaders and six internal working groups and will be conducting dozens of focus groups and interviews, in addition to the 100 community events previously mentioned..


Next Five Advisory Panel
Name Title Department/Organization
Alexa Busch Program Officer The Kresge Foundation
Chase Cantrell Executive Director Building Community Value
Margi Dewar Professor Emerita University of Michigan
Michael Freeman Executive Director Genesee County Land Bank
Karen Gage Design & Development Innovation Director City of Detroit, Planning & Development Dept.
Erinn Harris Deputy Director City of Detroit, Department of Neighborhoods
Sarah Hayosh Director of Land Use and Sustainability Detroit Future City
Keegan Mahoney Program Director City of Detroit, Housing & Revitalization Department
Dara O'Byrne Deputy Director City of Detroit, Planning & Development Dept.
Madhavi Reddy Director Community Development Advocates of Detroit
Tepfirah (Tee) Rushdan Director of Urban Agriculture City of Detroit
Sarida Scott Professor & Director University of Detroit Mercy
Jai Singletary Policy Analyst Office of Council President Pro Tempore
Mike Smith Senior Vice President,
Neighborhoods & Development Officer
Invest Detroit

The Detroit Land Bank Authority is the largest property owner in Detroit and has properties located throughout the city. The choices DLBA makes about how to sell and reuse those properties will impact your neighborhood.


A land bank is a public entity specially designed to return vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties to a productive use according to community goals. To learn more about land banks, visit Community Progress’s Land Bank Resource Center.