The City of Pittsburgh is working with the Hill District community to update and adopt the Greater Hill District Master Plan from 2011 and help make the vision in that plan a reality.

Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Greater Hill District Master 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 be recommended in the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of Crawford-Roberts, Middle Hill, Terrace Village, Bedford Dwellings, Upper Hill, and the Lower Hill. You can learn more about the planning process here.

The process to update and adopt the Greater Hill District Master Plan will continue the inclusive and collaborative undertaking for improving and continuing to “Build Upon the African American Cultural Legacy”. Whether you are a resident, work in the Hill District, or are another kind of stakeholder, we want to hear from you.

This neighborhood planning process will update and enhance the Greater Hill District Master Plan (2011) and incorporate other community plans including the Greenprint (2009) and the Centre Avenue Redevelopment and Design Plan (2015).

Pittsburgh can meet its goals to achieve a more sustainable and equitable future through the collective action of our neighborhoods. Community input informed the creation of citywide goals that are now being translated into action through a new generation of neighborhood plans.

Pittsburgh’s neighborhood plans focus on four topics areas:

  • Community: Meeting the needs of residents, employees, students, and stakeholders.
  • Development: Maximizing the benefits of new development for the community.
  • Mobility: Making it easier, safer, and healthier for people to get around.
  • Infrastructure: Nourishing neighborhoods through new energy, stormwater, and open space systems.


  • Building upon the African American cultural legacy;
  • Creating family-friendly housing without displacement;
  • Fostering economic empowerment and commercial development;
  • Making the Hill District a green and well-designed community; and
  • Mobility, Transportation, and Parking.

Development Guidance:

  • Development Strategies (Appendix A)
    • Address/Right Historical Wrongs
    • Promote Economic Justice
    • Reflect Neighborhood Driven Civic Design
    • Promote a Green and Healthy Environment
    • Utilize Neighborhood Strengths and Assets
  • Non-Displacement Strategies (Appendix B)
  • Strategies for Reclaiming the Lower Hill (Appendix C)

Additional Studies identified:

  • Community Arts Plan
  • Education/Lifelong Learning Plan
  • Historic Preservation
  • Neighborhood Safety and Crime Reduction
  • Zoning Review
  • Transportation and Access Study

View the full Greater Hill District Master Plan here.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a collaborative group comprised of representatives for the organizations, businesses, institutions, and residents of the Hill District. The Committee works with public agency staff to develop the Public Engagement Plan, review the work of the Action Teams, help to develop the resulting plan and support the plan's adoption. Organizations will also be asked to commit to working on the plan's implementation. Committee members are expected to participate fully in the planning process, represent their organization and themselves, and report back to the community.


The Greater Hill District Master Plan Steering Committee co-chairs are Hill CDC President and CEO Marimba Milliones & Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle.


The following organizations are contributing to the Oakland Plan process by helping to run the Steering Committee and Action Teams.

In order to maintain equitable public input and keep everyone safe and healthy, the City of Pittsburgh is utilizing online engagement tools. Materials will be posted for longer periods of time on websites that are mobile friendly, and all virtual engagements will be recorded and posted for later viewing. As we continue to roll out improvements that address issues around the digital divide.

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