What is the Community Visioning Study?

The Community Visioning Study for East Hills is starting August 2020!

Local consultants from E. Holdings, Inc. will provide services to develop a community vision plan for the East Hills community. E. Holdings will document existing conditions and community goals, advise on potential strategies to meet each goal, navigate technical aspects of the process, and develop effective community participation strategies. This work will also include developing a clear strategy to empower diverse and representative community leadership, and craft a final visioning study that helps build equitable capacity for both neighborhoods, and which can support the framework for future neighborhood plans. Some of their tasks are:

The neighborhoods for these efforts are conceived as the East Hills neighborhood, as defined by the City of Pittsburgh. E. Holdings, Inc. will work with the City to review the neighborhood boundaries and finalize the project areas, taking common interests and connections to adjoining neighborhoods into account.

Throughout the process, the Steering Committee will be responsible for encouraging community participation, leading meetings, promoting the visioning process, and guiding implementation and follow-up actions. The committee will include residents, business owners, public agencies, government officials, and representatives from community groups/community leaders. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, email Christopher Corbett.

E. Holdings, Inc. will work with the community to inventory existing cultural aesthetics and social resources such as parks, public transportation facilities, important community touchstones (historic and/or cultural), and natural areas. In addition to physical and cultural assets, the inventory will also include a list of community organizations, their activities, and a summary of initial critical issues and opportunities. In order to hear from all segments of each community, the following inventory methods will be used: community workshops or charrettes; surveys and interviews; site walks/drives; project information points and/or feedback stations; SMS text questions; and, online surveys. Once created, the inventory will serve as the basis for community visioning and priority-setting, and help each community identify common issues - i.e. displacement, gentrification, blight, etc.

Once the initial inventory and stakeholder perspectives are gathered, E. Holdings, Inc. will summarize the information into a series of draft probable scenarios driven by overarching community goals for each neighborhood. These probable scenarios will be used to help direct additional conversations and input from each community, building on the scenario goals with concrete vision statements, action items, and implementation plans that outline how a general can be achieved through actions.

After the inventory is completed and the probable scenarios are developed, the next step in the visioning study process will be a series of community wide scenario-development workshops. During the workshops, our team will provide community members with the tools they need to work together to review and discuss the goals and challenges of each probable scenario (enhancing and adjusting as needed), and brainstorm ideas for the resources, people, funding, and steps involved in bringing the scenario into fruition. The culmination of each workshop will be a series of vision statements and draft actions/resources needed to achieve each vision.

After the workshops are completed, the draft vision statements and action/resources identified during the workshops will be refined by the E. Holdings, Inc. team, as needed. In keeping with the final deliverable format, the enhanced vision statements will be applied to each neighborhood sub-district, so a complete picture of how the vision statement goals will be implemented is created.

The Steering Committee will create a detailed study of actions performed by government officials, community groups, nonprofits, business associations, and other key entities. This Action Plan shall include final versions of all prior tasks, outline next steps for action and implementation with specific implementation agencies listed for follow-up. It shall also outline what work can be done with existing capacity and a program for equitable capacity to move that Vision to support the framework for a future Neighborhood Plan in combination with the City and other stakeholders.