A Community Land Trust is a non-profit organization that obtains and manages land for the purpose of community benefits. A CLT model promotes community ownership and democratic control of land. Like other non-profits, it is governed by a board of directors but takes a unique 1/3 (Tripartite) governance model to ensure maximum community participation in decision-making. Through its unique land stewardship model, the CLT promotes community control over how land is used to meet local needs now and in the future.
The CLT model is increasing attention as an equitable development tool for
- Creating and preserving affordable housing
- Securing long-term land security for community gardens
- Leasing affordable spaces for community groups, local-serving businesses and social enterprises
- Building community planning capacity and leadership to shape neighbourhood development