Get Involved

Engagement Opportunities

The City’s neighborhood planning process includes many opportunities for active involvement:

  • Steering Committee: A group of 20-30 representatives of a broad range of interests in the community. This group guides the planning process, with members also expected to join Action Teams.
  • Action Teams: Topic-focused groups that spend a year developing projects and programs. These groups are open to all interested community members and stakeholders.
  • Community Events: Through the planning process, there will be multiple general and topic-based public events such as block parties, workshops and open houses that will allow more casual involvement.
  • Online Opportunities: For those unable to make in-person events, the materials will be posted online with ways to provide input.


Steering Committee Updates

October 30, 2019 — The Planning Process and Role of the Steering Committee

This meeting provided an introduction of committee members to the City Planning team, the other committee members, the neighborhood planning process, and the expected timeline of the committee’s work. Committee members shared their reasons for involvement, from highlighting the intergenerational collaboration and opportunities in the neighborhood to wanting, to be a part of the change of the greater community.  

The City recently published two documents that will influence the Oakland Plan process: the Public Engagement Guide, which is open for public comment through November 10, and the Neighborhood Plan Guide, which will be open for public comment from November 12 through December 12. Based on the guidance of these documents, the Oakland Plan will take a co-creation approach to planning that will flow from the Steering Committee to Action Teams to those implementing the plan. The first step in that will be to establish a Public Engagement Plan for the Oakland Plan through the remainder of 2019. In early 2020, the committee will create a shared vision for Oakland and set goals for action teams, who will begin work on policies, programs, partnerships and targets throughout 2020. All of that work will lead to the creation of a draft plan by the Steering Committee, in a process that will take approximately two years.

The final portion of the evening focused on the responsibilities of committee members, including reporting to and engaging with their constituencies, and how to engage with Steering Committee meetings to ensure that all voices are heard and valued.

The presentation to the Steering Committee provides more details on the duties of committee members and an overview of the Oakland Plan planning process. 


Previous Community Events and Workshops

Planning Education Series

To help communities fully engage in the upcoming planning process, the City of Pittsburgh, partner organizations and non-profits organized events to introduce the topics of the neighborhood planning process in a fun and informal environment. This allowed interested stakeholders to learn about topics before the planning work begins, so they can be better informed and more affective advocates for their communities.

Event Date Location Presenters Materials
Fifth/Forbes Urban Design Workshop Thursday, June 27, 2019 Soldiers and Sailors Hall and Museum Department of City Planning Event Report
Planning Education Series: Move Thursday, July 25, 2019 Residence Inn, 3341 Forbes Ave Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, BikePGH Presentation
Planning Education Series: Restore Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Schenley Visitors Center, 101 Panther Hollow Rd Pittsburgh Sewer and Water Authority, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Department of City Planning - Environmental Planning Presentation
Planning Education Series: Energize Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St Green Building Alliance, Department of City Planning - Sustainability & Resilience Presentation
Planning Education Series: Thrive Wednesday, August 21, 2019 218 Oakland Ave, 2nd Floor Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning - Divisions of Strategic Planning and Zoning & Development Review Presentation