Site Workshops

Participate in virtual tours and workshop activities for two important sites in Oakland.

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

This vision statement is evolving based on your input! We've received a number of comments on the initial statement published at the end of March and are starting to incorporate that input. The bolded sentences below reflect input that we have received so far.

Oakland is a great place to live, work, learn, and play, and a globally important center of innovation, healthcare, and education. Institutions, organizations, and businesses work with residents to overcome inequities based on discrimination to ensure Oakland is welcoming to everyone regardless of race, gender, age, ability, or 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 and this community. Buildings, open spaces, and infrastructure are carefully designed to create a place that is sustainable, healthy, attractive, and resilient. This is a community that takes pride in its history and rich cultural heritage, a pride that is evident in Oakland’s many cultural institutions, historic and new buildings of outstanding quality, and public art – and in the long history of this place as a home for new immigrants, working people, entrepreneurs, and students. The public and non-profit sectors work together to implement housing strategies that overcome long-standing issues of resident displacement due to the high demand for housing. These strategies provide the types of housing and levels of affordability needed to ensure opportunities to live close to work and school, while retaining existing residents, offering opportunities to age in place, and reducing displacement of Oakland's BIPOC community.

Want to dig in deeper? A new Vision Statement Workshop activity below allows you to dig into the intent of each part of the vision statement and provide more detailed input.

Vision Statement Workshop

Dig into the details of the draft Oakland Plan vision statement.