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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 land development within the City. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to City Council concerning the Zoning Ordinance and zoning maps, and then reviews major development and redevelopment proposals.

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 that are off the official record.  Hearing and action begins no earlier than 2:00 p.m. Public comment is limited to 3 minutes per person, per project, and 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 of the Planning Commision, the following committee meetings may also 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
    • 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 landmark nominations


  • Christine Mondor, Chairwoman
  • Lashawn Burton-Faulk, Vice Chairwoman
  • Paul Gitnik, Secretary
  • Jennifer Askey
  • Fred Brown
  • Dina Blackwell
  • Lashawn Burton-Faulk
  • Sabina Deitrick 
  • Julie Butcher Pezzino
  • Jean Holland Dick

The 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 for 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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