The Oakland Plan

The Oakland Plan


The City of Pittsburgh is working with the Oakland community to create a 10-year plan with a shared vision for Oakland's future and the projects and programs necessary to make that vision a reality. 

Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Oakland 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 also be recommended by the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of North Oakland, Central Oakland, South Oakland, and West Oakland. 


Planning Process

FALL 2019-
STAGE 1 Organize
Prepare for the planning process.
SUMMER 2020 -
FALL 2020
STAGE 2 Visualize
Identify issues & opportunities, set a vision & goals.
WINTER 2021 -
STAGE 3 Strategize
Develop projects and programs.
FALL 2021 -
STAGE 4 Formalize
Assemble, review, & adopt the plan.
STAGE 5 Realize
Implement the plan’s actions.


The Steering Committee spent Fall 2019 and part of Winter 2020 working with staff to develop a Public Engagement Plan. During Winter 2020 and Spring 2020, Steering Committee meetings focused on establishing a firm baseline of knowledge about the topics of the planning process. This included the sharing of experiences and issues from the Steering Committee members themselves as well as guest speakers and staff presentations. All of these presentation materials can be found on the Steering Committee page. The next step is to engage the broader community through the City's online engagement portal - Engage PGH - to develop a shared vision statement for the future of Oakland and goals to guide the Action Teams as they focus on the topic areas of the plan: community, development, mobility, and infrastructure.

New: Read the Oakland Plan Existing Conditions Report! The report analyzes data about Oakland and will be combined with community engagement and research to inform the planning process.


The Neighborhood

Pittsburgh’s Oakland is composed of four city-designated neighborhoods: West Oakland, North Oakland, Central Oakland, and South Oakland. The district these four neighborhoods form possesses an unparalleled combination of academic, medical, and cultural institutions surrounded by a vibrant residential community. Oakland’s academic institutions are also major employers and generators of economic activity throughout Western Pennsylvania, including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Carlow University. Oakland has an extraordinary complement of cultural institutions, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, the main branch of the Carnegie Library, and the nearby Phipps Conservatory. Activity extends to the riverfront portions of Oakland, where the Pittsburgh Technology Center continues to grow and add office and R&D buildings as well as parking, hospitality, and other uses. Finally, The Port Authority of Allegheny County, in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, is currently in the design phase of a Bus Rapid Transit system that will better connect Downtown and Oakland with the East End and nearby neighborhoods. The project will introduce designated bus-only lanes that will reduce travel times and bring other streetscape improvements, including physically separated bike lanes, street trees, and stormwater infrastructure to the Fifth and Forbes Avenue corridor.


Project Staff and 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.

  • Community: Department of City Planning, Office of Equity
  • Development: Department of City Planning, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Mobility: Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Infrastructure: Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Department of City Planning Division of Sustainability and Resilience

Key Contacts: