Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Department of City Planning has issued Requests for Proposals (RFP) for the initial two chapters of the City's first-ever Comprehensive Plan. The Citywide plan will provide a blueprint for government, businesses and neighborhood groups on how the City develops, uses and conserves its fiscal, social and natural resources.
In partnership with the Department of Citiparks, City Planning will hire a consultant team to conduct an Open Space, Parks and Recreation Plan that will identify opportunities for adding land to the City's parks, open spaces, trails and greenway network, and develop strategies and policies for re-using vacant lots. The second chapter will include a Cultural Heritage Plan that will compile existing lists of historic properties, identify important heritage districts and examine current policies related to heritage conservation and tourism. A Transportation Plan and a Public Art Plan are scheduled to be developed within the next three years.
"Already, we've been aggressively dealing with how we utilize our vacant land, turning more than 70 vacant lots into urban farms and gardens, and launching a plan to reconnect neighborhoods with rivers." Ravenstahl said. "We are going to build off of this momentum and develop the first parts of a blueprint that will allow us to better coordinate public and private efforts to enhance our neighborhoods, protect our natural resources and historic assets, and ultimately make Pittsburgh an even more livable City."
By creating a common vision of how the City should progress over the next few decades, the Comprehensive Plan will provide a framework that coordinates the multitude of neighborhood improvement projects in an equitable and sustainable manner.
The two planning efforts will begin this fall, and are expected to be completed by spring of 2011. Each plan will be guided by public input and a Management Committee consisting of relevant City personnel and representatives from community organizations.
Funding has been provided by City, State and Federal sources. Priorities for additional plans will be identified as the recommendations from the first chapters emerge.
The RFP is posted on the Department of City Planning's website, www.planpgh.com, the national and regional American Planning Association websites, and on the national American Society of Landscape Architects website. As a matter of public record, an announcement will be published in the Pittsburgh Courier and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Bids and Proposals" section. Notices were sent by email and by Postal Service to approximately 75 qualified consultant firms.
Proposals are due to City Planning by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2009. The Management Committee will review and score proposals beginning the first week of August, with plans to select a consultant in early September.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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