How does property get into the Wyandotte County Land Bank?

The Wyandotte County Land Bank acquires its property through tax foreclosure. The land bank also reserves the right to accept land through private donation that is deemed necessary or beneficial to Wyandotte County’s community building efforts.

What types of property are in the Wyandotte County Land Bank?

The Land Bank is divided into (3) types of parcels, which are determined by the Unified Government Planning and Zoning Department.

Non-Buildable Parcels:

Parcels where houses or other large buildings cannot be built, but garages, fencing, paving, or similar structures can be built.

Buildable Parcels:

Parcels of land without any free-standing structures before purchase where structures such as houses or other large buildings can be built.

Parcels with a Structure:

Parcels of land with structures already on them (including homes, garages, and businesses).

Who controls the property in the Land Bank, and what power do they have?

The Land Bank Manager operates the Land Bank and serves at the direction of the Land Bank Board of Trustees. Under state law (K.S.A. 19-26,109), the board assumes possession and control of any property it acquires and has the power to hold and administer such property.

In the administration of property, the board is required to do the following:

  • Manage, maintain and protect or temporarily use for a public purpose such property in the manner the board deems appropriate;
  • Compile and maintain a written inventory of all such property. The inventory shall be available for public inspection and distribution at all times;
  • Study, analyze and evaluate potential, present and future uses for such property which would provide for the effective reutilization of such property;
  • Plan for and use the board's best efforts to consummate the sale or other disposition of such property at such times and upon such terms and conditions deemed appropriate;
  • Establish and maintain records and accounts reflecting all transactions, expenditures and revenues relating to the bank's activities, including separate itemizations of all transactions, expenditures and revenues concerns each individual parcel of property acquired; and
  • Thirty days prior to the sale of any property owned by the bank, publish a notice in the official county newspaper announcing such sale.