An important part of OPDC’s work is advocating for good design. We want to ensure that all development—big or small—is good for Oakland. That means it should be compatible with zoning and The Oakland 2025 Master Plan, adhere to the zoning code’s residential compatibility standards, and include a transparent community process. When a developer approaches us with plans for a new project, we pass it on to the community. We share the information with local resident groups, facilitate public meetings, and solicit community feedback. We know that the City’s design review process can be confusing, so we inform residents about each step of the process.
Because there are so many projects happening at one time, we track all current projects in this chart. We will update this chart every two weeks so you can stay on top of all the development going on in Oakland. We also list upcoming public meetings on our calendar.
Do you have concerns about an upcoming development? Are you looking for additional information about a specific project? Feel free to email our Community Planning and Outreach Coordinator, Jarrett Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
information for developers and investors
Below is a short list of tips and resources to help you prepare your development application.
Come to us early in the process - don’t wait until the week you are scheduled to present plans at a city board or commission meeting. City officials will ask if you’ve met with community members as part of the due diligence process, so this is in your best interest.
Parking and overcrowding are two of Oakland’s biggest challenges. Oakland residents are vigilant and organized in monitoring and reporting any violations of parking and occupancy codes. Check this map to see if your project falls inside a City of Pittsburgh Residential Permit Parking district. If it does, residents will want to hear plans for additional parking included in the development so as not to further burden the neighborhood. If your project is residential, residents will have questions about the number of bedrooms planned per unit. Units with more than three bedrooms will provoke more questions and concerns from residents, since the City of Pittsburgh code prohibits more than three unrelated people living in one dwelling unit.
Contact the City of Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood Planner for Oakland about your project before you get started. Find the neighborhood planner’s contact info here.
Learn about the City of Pittsburgh’s design review process.
Ensure you have secured all necessary building permits from the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections before beginning work. Learn more about their requirements here.