Registered Community Organizations
The Pittsburgh Administrative Code includes provisions for ensuring that neighbors of proposed developments are notified and have an opportunity to provide input regarding zoning decisions that may impact them. This is accomplished through a standardized system of direct notification and through public meetings that are held in communities and convened by Registered Community Organizations (RCOs).
RCOs are provided notice by the Department of City Planning whenever a public hearing for projects meeting a specific development threshold is formally proposed, within their geographic boundaries. Where there is one affected RCO for a property, this organization coordinates with the applicant to convene the public meeting that applicants are required to attend and present their proposal at least 30 days prior to the public hearing. Where there is more than one RCO in an area, the Department of City Planning will coordinate the meeting in cooperation with all affected RCOs to convene the public meeting that applicants are required to attend and present their proposal at least 30 days prior to the public hearing.
Individual community members and/or organizations are entitled to testify and/or to send letters to the Boards and Commissions regardless of RCO status.
Additionally, the Pittsburgh Administrative Code includes provisions for ensuring that residents and stakeholders have a partnership in the creation of neighborhood plans that will be formally adopted by the City. The Department of City Planning is currently developing a Neighborhood Plan Guide to provide a framework and process that both the City and RCOs will use to develop neighborhood plans. This guide is expected to be completed in March 2018.
The Registered Community Organization (RCO) registration period is now open. Registration is free. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Please download an application HERE.
The City of Pittsburgh is sponsoring free training for CDC's that are interested in applying for Registered Community Organization status with options for classroom training or through one-on-one sessions, available for registration HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Joy Everett at: