DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING

Commissions, Boards, and Panels Homepage

The Department of City Planning (DCP) hosts a number of commissions, boards, and panels which review various elements of development, design, public art, and zoning.

 

Meeting Information

 

Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP)

The Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP) is comprised of members with expertise in the physical development of the City. The panel's mission is to promote quality of life in the City of Pittsburgh. CDAP achieves its mission through professional, voluntary design assistance to maximize the economic, civic, contextual, and aesthetic value of new development projects impacting the public realm. To fulfill this mission, CDAP advises the Department of City Planning by reviewing and providing design guidance on selected, higher profile projects throughout the City. 

  • More Information -  Includes review requirements, how to submit comments, and current Panel members.
  • CDAP meets every other Tuesday, alternating with Planning Commission

 

Development Activities Meetings (DAM)

Development Activities Meetings (DAM) provide citizens, property owners, business owners, and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about proposals that affect them and resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process.

  • More Information -  Includes Virtual Development Activities Meeting (DAM) Instructions, guidelines, and a list of Registered Community Orginizations (RCOs)
  • Upcoming Meetings - To see upcoming meetings and materials search "DAM".

 

Historic Review Commission (HRC)

The Historic Review Commission provides guidance to those seeking to conduct exterior work on historic buildings and within historic districts in the city.  The Historic Review Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor. The membership of the commission must include an architect, a preservationist, a realtor, a building inspector, and a planner.

  • More Information -  Includes Hybrid Historic Review Commission (HRC) Instructions, agendas and meeting material, how to submit comments, and more.
  • Video Archive - Past meeting recordings on our Youtube Channel.
  • The Historic Review Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

Naming Commission

The Commission on Naming Public Properties created guidelines and specifications for naming or changing the name of a public property or facility. 

  • More Information -  Includes Virtual Naming Commission Instructions, how to submit comments, and current commissioners.
  • Video Archive - Past meeting recordings on our Youtube Channel.
  • The Naming Commission meets quarterly.

 

Planning Commission (PC)

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.

  • More Information -  Includes Hybrid Planning Commission Instructions, agendas and meeting material, how to submit comments, and more.
  • Video Archive - Past meeting recordings on our Youtube Channel.
  • Planning Commission meets every other Tuesday, with an August recess.

 

Public Art & Civic Design Commission (PACD)

The Public Art & Civic Design Commission works to improve the aesthetic quality of the City's public spaces. The Commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the Mayor, with each member representing a discipline in the arts or design field. 

  • More Information - Includes Hybrid PACD Commission Instructions, agendas and meeting material, how to submit comments, and more.
  • Video Archive - Past meeting recordings on our Youtube Channel.
  • The PACD Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

 

Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is an adjudicative body that reviews land use proposals in accordance with the requirements of the Zoning Code. The Board reviews such matters in public evidentiary hearings at which the applicant and impacted neighbors may submit evidence or testimony in support of or in opposition to the request.

  • More Information -  Includes Hybrid Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) Instructions, agendas and meeting material, how to submit comments, and more.
  • Video Archive - Past meeting recordings on our Youtube Channel.
  • The ZBA meets on the first three Thursdays of each month.

 

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions about our boards and commissions, or anything to do with the Department of City Planning’s Zoning and Development Review processes, please contact us:

Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP) Email: pacd@pittsburghpa.gov

Histroic Review Commission (HRC) Email: historicreview@pittsburghpa.gov

Planning Commission Email: planningcommission@pittsburghpa.gov

Public Art & Civic Design Commission (PACD) Email: pacd@pittsburghpa.gov

Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) Email:  zoningboard@pittsburghpa.gov