FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 10, 2022
Mayor Ed Gainey Requests 30-Day Continuance on Oakland Crossings Proposed Zoning Ordinance
Mayor Gainey asks for pause in process to allow the Department of City Planning to work with development team to address community concerns about zoning language and to prioritize equitable development and affordable housing in the Oakland Crossings proposed zoning ordinance.
PITTSBURGH — In consultation with the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning Staff and the requesting development team, today Mayor Ed Gainey requested a 30-day continuance on the Oakland Crossings proposed zoning ordinance. Former Mayor Bill Peduto introduced the zoning text amendment personally, making the Office of the Mayor the applicant, and thus the party responsible for requesting a continuance. When Gainey assumed office on 1/3/2022, he also assumed the role of applicant in this case. In order to provide clarity on the technical language and ensure equitable development is prioritized by the City of Pittsburgh zoning code, more time is necessary to update the proposed legislative text. Over the next 30 days the Gainey Administration will engage with community and student groups, housing justice advocates, and the developer to devise a path forward.
Mayor Gainey released the following statement:
“I have formally requested this continuance to allow the Department of City Planning to review and make recommendations on the existing OPR-E legislative text. I look forward to discussions on this development and those across Pittsburgh and how they can promote equity and affordable housing. My administration will be engaging community and student groups, housing justice advocates, and the developer as we continue this work. I want to thank the developer and Councilman Kraus for their willingness to collaborate with the Department of City Planning even if it means extending the project’s timeline. I am hopeful we will find a solution that prioritizes equitable development, aligns with the priorities raised by residents in the Oakland Plan process, and delivers on much needed affordable housing prospects for the people of Pittsburgh.”