Oakland Plan Existing Conditions Report

The report analyzes data about Oakland and will be combined with community engagement and research to inform the planning process.

The first phase of engagement has concluded

The first set of engagement activities are now closed. Many of these comments were published immediately and can still be viewed. Staff are busily working to review and summarize all input received. Return back to this page over the next month to see summaries of the input received and and learn more about how staff and the Action Teams are taking your ideas forward.

The Action Teams will also start to host activities on each of the topic-based pages below. Check-back often or subscribe to make sure you don't miss anything.

Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Oakland 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 also be recommended by the plan. The plan area generally includes the neighborhoods of North Oakland, Central Oakland, South Oakland, and West Oakland.

Each planning process is tailored to the needs of the community and involves a wide variety of stakeholders, public agencies, and non-profit partners. This planning process will incorporate input and ideas from prior plans including Oakland 2025 (2012), the Innovation Oakland Master Plan (2010), Institutional Master Plans, and other plans. Learn more about past plans for Oakland's future.

The Oakland Plan follows the process established in the Neighborhood Plan Guide. Completed plans from the neighborhood planning program include the EcoInnovation District Plan, Manchester-Chateau Neighborhood Plan, Greater Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan, and Homewood Comprehensive Community Plan.

The Oakland Plan is about improving things for all parts of the Oakland community. Whether you live, work, study, or play in Oakland, we want to hear from you.

Your input is essential to the planning process. Staff and the Steering Committee will use your input to start developing parts of the Oakland Plan.

  • Input on this page will inform the creation of a shared vision statement about the future of Oakland. Think of this as setting the direction or "north star" for the rest of the planning process.
  • Input on the topic-based pages (i.e., Community, Development, Mobility, and Infrastructure) will be used to develop goals for the plan specific to those topics. This goal language will become part of the plan, but will also be used to guide the proposals developed in the Action Teams in the year ahead.

Learn more about opportunities to be involved in the section below.

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.

Opportunities to Engage

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. Learn more about the Steering Committee.
  • Action Teams: Topic-focused groups that spend a year developing projects and programs. These groups are open to all interested community members and stakeholders. Join an Action Team.
  • Community Events: Due to COVID-19, there will be few public in-person events for the foreseeable future. In place of these events, online engagement will occur using this website.
  • Online Engagement: Engage Pittsburgh is designed to work on mobile devices, can be read by screen readers and translating software, and allows people to engage when it's convenient for them. In the coming months, we will roll out additional features and technologies to overcome the digital divide.

Public Engagement Plan

Please explore the Public Engagement Plan for the Oakland Plan to learn more about how to participate in this process. This plan was co-created with the Steering Committee and is consistent with the City's Public Engagement Guide.

We are at a moment in history where the lenses of equity and sustainability are more important than ever. These are the major challenges of our time and the Oakland planning process will focus on them. If we are unable to address the challenges of structural racism, inequity, and climate change, our progress on other topics will be undone.

As you work your way through this site and the topics in the planning process, you will see these two concepts integrated throughout, from equitable economic development to urban sustainable design. This also includes work to develop new systems to assess the proposals in the plan and ensure every opportunity is taken to advance equity and sustainability.

“This neighborhood planning process is an example of people willing to learn about others’ experiences and goals, and bringing their own expertise and passion into the project. This is a chance to have a positive impact on each other and create change for the community’s future.” - Josiah Gilliam, My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator at the City of Pittsburgh

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.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a collaborative group comprised of representatives for the organizations, businesses, institutions, and residents of Oakland. 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 following organizations are contributing to the Oakland Plan process by helping to run the Steering Committee and Action Teams.