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Planning Commission
Planning Commission

The City Planning Commission is a nine member panel appointed by the Mayor for six-year staggered terms. The Commission is charged with guiding land use and development in the City. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to City Council concerning the Zoning Ordinance and zoning maps, and reviews major development proposals and redevelopment plans.

To receive the Planning Commission agenda via email, please contact Dolores Hanna at or (412) 255-2473.

Planning Commission Meetings

City Planning Commission meetings are held bi-weekly on Tuesday afternoon and are open to the public. Meetings take place downtown on the 1st floor of the Civic Building at 200 Ross Street.  At approximately  1:00 p.m., the Commission hears project briefings off the official record.  Hearing and action begins no earlier than 2:00 p.m. Public comment—limited to 3 minutes per person, per project—is taken for projects on the agenda for hearing and action.  For more information, please click here to download a handout on the process.

In addition, on each meeting date, the following committee meetings may be held at the same location: Zoning/Plan of Lots and the Committee of the Whole. These meetings are open to the public. Please contact staff to see if such meetings are occurring as well as their time and location.

Projects Reviewed by Planning Commission

  • New Construction and Renovations within Five Districts:  Downtown, Downtown Riverfront, Planned Development, Baum-Centre Overlay, and Steep Slope Overlay
  • High Wall Signs
  • Zoning Map and Zoning Code Text Changes
  • Institutional Master Plans
  • Planned Development Districts
  • Lot Consolidations and Subdivisions
  • Conditional Uses
  • Historic nominations


  • Christine Mondor, Chairwoman
  • Barbara Valaw, Vice Chairwoman
  • Paul Gitnik, Secretary
  • Jennifer Askey
  • Fred Brown
  • Dina Blackwell
  • Lashawn Burton-Faulk
  • Sabina Deitrick 

Planning Commission Members were saddened to learn about the passing of Commissioner Lucy Spruill, who served from April 2014 through June 2015.  Commissioner Spruill was a tireless advocate for sound planning and projects that met the high standards of accessibility.  Her obituary is available here.

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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