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

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

The first step is the formation of a 30-member Steering Committee that spends 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 planning process will incorporate input and ideas from prior plans including Oakland 2025 (2012), the Innovation Oakland Master Plan (2010), Institutional Master Plans, and other plans. 


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:



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