The Greater Hill District Master Plan

The Oakland Plan

The City of Pittsburgh is working with the Hill District community to update and adopt the Greater Hill District Master Plan.

Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Greater Hill District Master Plan will become City policy and guide public and private investments in the area. New land use regulations, transportation and infrastructure improvements, and public programs may be recommended in the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of Crawford-Roberts, Middle Hill, Terrace Village, Bedford Dwellings, Upper Hill, and the Lower Hill.


Planning Process

SUMMER 2020 -
STAGE 1 Organize
Prepare for the planning process.
WINTER 2021 -
STAGE 2 Visualize
Identify issues and opportunities not addressed by previous plans.
SUMMER 2021 -
FALL 2021
STAGE 3 Strategize
Develop project & programs.
WINTER 2021 -
STAGE 4 Formalize
Assemble, review, & adopt the plan.
STAGE 5 Realize
Implement the plan’s actions.

The first step in the process to update and adopt the Greater Hill District Master Plan is the formation of a Steering Committee that will spend its first few meetings developing a Public Engagement Plan for how representatives will share information with stakeholders, as well as how the rest of the community will be involved in the planning process. This process will update and enhance the Greater Hill District Master Plan (2011) and incorporate other community plans including the Greenprint (2009) and the Centre Avenue Redevelopment and Design Plan (2015).


The Neighborhood

As one of Pittsburgh’s earliest and largest neighborhoods, the Hill District continues to play an important role in the story of African-Americans in the United States. During the first half of the 20th century, the Hill District was the “crossroads of the world,” contributing music, literature, and arts that shaped American culture. During the latter half of the 20th century through today, the neighborhood and its leaders played important roles in the Civil Rights movement, as well as a nationwide push for community-led development. The Greater Hill District Master Plan articulates the importance of continuing to “Build Upon the African American Cultural Legacy”.

The Hill District Greenprint (2009) created a bold vision for a natural and healthy community, the Greater Hill District Master Plan (2011) established fundamental values and development principles that have been central to development activities and the neighborhood ecosystem. The Centre Avenue Redevelopment and Design Plan (2015)using a market study as its basis, created a detailed vision for how new development and amenities on Centre Avenue could serve a variety of community needs.

Multiple waves of development have built new office, commercial and community spaces along Centre Avenue, along with new housing throughout the neighborhood. Development activities in Downtown and Oakland have the potential to bring new opportunities and challenges to the Hill District the plan will seek to address.


Project Partners

Staff from the Department of City Planning manage the overall planning process and support planning partners who lead discussions by topic as shown below.

  • Steering Committee: co-chaired by Councilman Daniel Lavelle and Marimba Milliones, President and CEO of the Hill CDC
  • Community: Department of City Planning and Mayor's Office, Office of Equity
  • Development: Department of City Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Mobility: Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, Port Authority
  • Infrastructure: Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Department of City Planning

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