Review New Materials and Provide Input

Welcome to the Oakland Plan's EngagePGH page. Based on considerable input from last summer's open house, staff worked with the Steering Committee to draft the plan's vision statement and goals. They are not final and we need your input to improve them. Review the vision statement below and go to the topic pages (Community, Development, Mobility, and Infrastructure) to review the goals.

Your input is essential to the planning process. Staff, the Steering Committee, and Action Teams will use your input to develop parts of the Oakland Plan.

Action Teams are working to identify issues, opportunities, and strategies for each of the topics on this page. These strategies include future projects, programs, partnerships, and policies that will be part of the final plan.

Over the spring and summer of 2021, the Action Teams will be hosting a number of engagement activities as they develop the strategies for the plan.

Please create an EngagePGH account by clicking the "Login/Join" button in the top right corner of this page, and then click "Follow" to receive updates about these activities and the planning process in general.

Learn more about the project and our approach to public engagement.

For information about what a neighborhood plan is, how input will be collected and used, and how important topics like COVID-19 are being considered, visit the “About the Plan” page. To read about the plan’s approach to equity, visit the "Equity in the Oakland Plan" page.

Review the Draft Vision Statement

From mid-August to mid-October of 2020, the Oakland Plan online open house attracted ~2,500 visitors who made ~800 comments. One of the more popular questions asked "What's your vision?" and almost 80 people provided their hopes for the future of Oakland. Staff worked with the Steering Committee to review these ideas and develop the draft vision statement below. View the original comments in the archive.

Staff and the Steering Committee also used comments from the online open house to draft goal statements that can be found on the Development, Community, Mobility, and Infrastructure pages.


What is a Vision Statement?

What is a Vision Statement?

  • Provides a shared description of what the neighborhood will be like in 10 years if the plan is successful.
  • Shows the community’s aspirations for the future of the neighborhood by describing desired activities or changes.
  • Identifies existing characteristics or conditions that the community wants to preserve.
  • Some are a single sentence, while others are more expansive and may be one or more paragraphs.

Who Are They For?

Who Are They For?

There are two main audiences for vision statements:

  • The community that creates it and uses it to organize their work around a common agenda for the future; and
  • Those outside the community who may choose to move to there, invest in the area, or start a business there based on the values presented in the vision.

Parts of a Plan

Parts of a Plan

Parts of a plan

Plans have one vision statement, multiple goals per topic area, and many policies, projects, programs, and partnerships. Only the vision statement, goals, and policies are formally adopted by the Planning Commission. The projects, programs, and partnerships are reviewed but not adopted to allow for more flexibility.


Draft Oakland Plan Vision Statement

Oakland is a great place to live, work, learn, and play, and a globally important center of innovation, healthcare, and education that will continue to positively impact the world. Residents work together with institutions, organizations, and businesses to overcome inequities based on race, gender, age, ability, and identity. Students are viewed as neighbors, partners in progress, and future long-term residents. Oakland welcomes and embraces the contributions of its immigrant and newcomer community, supporting them as they build their lives in this country. Buildings, open spaces, and infrastructure are carefully designed to create a place that is sustainable, healthy, and resilient. This is a community that takes pride in its history and the rich heritage that comes with being from Oakland. This pride is expressed in Oakland’s many cultural institutions, historic and new buildings of outstanding quality, public art, and seasonal activities that bring everyone together.