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Master Planning

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Preservation of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Master Plan, available online now. 


The Pittsburgh Master Plan
The Preservation of Pittsburgh was initiated in response to the current condition in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, bringing together SNDSI and the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, Inc. (PCIA).  These partners are committed to a comprehensive revitalization effort that preserves the neighborhood’s heritage and identity, while adopting 21st century strategies for economic growth, energy conservation, and neighborhood sustainability.

A detailed master plan for the neighborhood is necessary to translate the partners' broader vision into a comprehensive framework. As the project proceeds into implementation, this master plan will guide the design of public and private spaces, the appropriate housing mix and the optimization of “green” attributes throughout Pittsburgh. The master plan will direct SNDSI’s efforts in turning vacant, abandoned properties into sustainable and affordable housing for working families and children to be complemented by market-rate housing that diversifies the community. In this manner, the master plan will steer future growth, development, and investment. 

Community outreach and education will be an important aspect of the master planning process.  Pittsburgh is a low-income, African-American neighborhood and its revitalization will be conducted without displacing current residents, which means the present population must be an engaged and active force in crafting and implementing elements of the master plan. A strategy for effectively communicating to neighborhood residents, the master plan’s fundamental philosophy, operating principles, technical aspects, and expected benefits is central to the planning approach.  Careful attention is being given to provisions that ensure community engagement and input at every stage of the planning process. A goal of the master planning process is to foster community transformation where residents become key stakeholders in advancing a climate of safety, confidence, vitality and neighborly relationships. 

The master plan will take into consideration a number of important studies and plans that have been completed during the last 10 years to chart a course for the future of this area.  (These studies and plans are posted in the SNDSI Library.) The final product will reflect this prior work, as appropriate, and consolidate recommendations for best practices, strategies, and guidelines for the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the Pittsburgh neighborhood. 

The Pittsburgh Master Plan
The Preservation of Pittsburgh was initiated in response to the current condition in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, bringing together SNDSI and the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, Inc. (PCIA).  These partners are committed to a comprehensive revitalization effort that preserves the neighborhood’s heritage and identity, while adopting 21st century strategies for economic growth, energy conservation, and neighborhood sustainability.

A detailed master plan for the neighborhood is necessary to translate the partners' broader vision into a comprehensive framework. As the project proceeds into implementation, this master plan will guide the design of public and private spaces, the appropriate housing mix and the optimization of “green” attributes throughout Pittsburgh. The master plan will direct SNDSI’s efforts in turning vacant, abandoned properties into sustainable and affordable housing for working families and children to be complemented by market-rate housing that diversifies the community. In this manner, the master plan will steer future growth, development, and investment. 

Community outreach and education will be an important aspect of the master planning process.  Pittsburgh is a low-income, African-American neighborhood and its revitalization will be conducted without displacing current residents, which means the present population must be an engaged and active force in crafting and implementing elements of the master plan. A strategy for effectively communicating to neighborhood residents, the master plan’s fundamental philosophy, operating principles, technical aspects, and expected benefits is central to the planning approach.  Careful attention is being given to provisions that ensure community engagement and input at every stage of the planning process. A goal of the master planning process is to foster community transformation where residents become key stakeholders in advancing a climate of safety, confidence, vitality and neighborly relationships. 

The master plan will take into consideration a number of important studies and plans that have been completed during the last 10 years to chart a course for the future of this area.  (These studies and plans are posted in the SNDSI Library.) The final product will reflect this prior work, as appropriate, and consolidate recommendations for best practices, strategies, and guidelines for the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the Pittsburgh neighborhood. 

The Pittsburgh Master Plan
The Preservation of Pittsburgh was initiated in response to the current condition in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, bringing together SNDSI and the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, Inc. (PCIA).  These partners are committed to a comprehensive revitalization effort that preserves the neighborhood’s heritage and identity, while adopting 21st century strategies for economic growth, energy conservation, and neighborhood sustainability.

A detailed master plan for the neighborhood is necessary to translate the partners' broader vision into a comprehensive framework. As the project proceeds into implementation, this master plan will guide the design of public and private spaces, the appropriate housing mix and the optimization of “green” attributes throughout Pittsburgh. The master plan will direct SNDSI’s efforts in turning vacant, abandoned properties into sustainable and affordable housing for working families and children to be complemented by market-rate housing that diversifies the community. In this manner, the master plan will steer future growth, development, and investment. 

Community outreach and education will be an important aspect of the master planning process.  Pittsburgh is a low-income, African-American neighborhood and its revitalization will be conducted without displacing current residents, which means the present population must be an engaged and active force in crafting and implementing elements of the master plan. A strategy for effectively communicating to neighborhood residents, the master plan’s fundamental philosophy, operating principles, technical aspects, and expected benefits is central to the planning approach.  Careful attention is being given to provisions that ensure community engagement and input at every stage of the planning process. A goal of the master planning process is to foster community transformation where residents become key stakeholders in advancing a climate of safety, confidence, vitality and neighborly relationships. 

The master plan will take into consideration a number of important studies and plans that have been completed during the last 10 years to chart a course for the future of this area.  (These studies and plans are posted in the SNDSI Library.) The final product will reflect this prior work, as appropriate, and consolidate recommendations for best practices, strategies, and guidelines for the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the PiPrePrePrePreservation of Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Master Plan


The Preservation of Pittsburgh joins SNDSI and the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association (PCIA) in a comprehensive revitalization effort to preserve the neighborhood’s heritage and identity, while adopting 21st century strategies for economic growth, energy conservation, and neighborhood sustainability.

A detailed master plan for the neighborhood is necessary to translate the partners' broader vision into a comprehensive framework. This master plan will guide the design of public and private spaces, the appropriate housing mix and the optimization of "green" attributes throughout Pittsburgh and will steer future growth, development, and investment. 

The master planning process began in the summer of 2011 with a series of pre-planning community engagement activities. A Master Planning Community Kick-Off was held in November 2011 with approximately 50 residents being joined by other stakeholders. 

A Master Planning Charrette, comprised of a series of planning events, was held over the course of five days in December 2011. During the Charrette, the master planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners worked closely with residents and stakeholders to assemble concrete ideas and suggestions and will use that information to craft a detailed master plan. 

In late February 2012, Dover Kohl submitted a draft Preservation of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Master Plan. That Plan is currently being reviewed by residents and stakeholders who are invited to contribute their feedback to ensure that the plan reflects their vision and needs. 

Click here to download the DRAFT Master Plan and to learn more about how you can share your feedback. 



Planning with Neighborhood Residents

 

SNDSI and PCIA are committed to engaging residents in the development of a plan for Pittsburgh's future and are using a strategy for robust community involvement -- one that achieves active participation of ordinary neighborhood residents in every stage of the planning process.


Since the summer of 2011, SNDSI has been working in partnership with the Pittsburgh Resident Leadership Team to increase resident awareness of the master planning process and encourage residents to become active participants in it. A goal of the master planning process is to foster community transformation where residents become key stakeholders in advancing a climate of safety, confidence, vitality, and neighborly relationships. 



Building on the Foundation of Previous Plans

 

Residents have contributed to a number of important studies and plans for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas during the past 10 years. The new master plan being created as a part of POP will reflect that prior work, as appropriate, and consolidate recommendations for best practices, strategies, and guidelines for the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the Pittsburgh neighborhood.  

The image in the banner above was drawn by a student at Gideon's Elementary School when, as a part of the Master Planning process, planners went into the school to talk with students about what changes they would like to see in their neighborhood and what routes they take to school.