Fundamental to OPDC’s work is communication to the public about development proposals and hosting public meetings to discuss them.  We are now taking on additional responsibilities to serve Oakland residents and stakeholders as a Registered Community Organization (RCO) with the Department of City Planning.  The RCO designation formally requires community engagement as part of the city’s development approval process.  According to the RCO legislation, our responsibilities as an RCO include: establishing orderly means for public input, reporting to the city about the process, and fostering communication between the community and city departments.  To go even further, OPDC will use this page of our website to provide information about projects and solicit feedback.  We want to hear from you.  Also, please reference The Oakland 2025 Master Plan.  

Because there are so many projects happening at one time, we track all current projects below. We update entries as we have new information, or at least every two weeks. We also list upcoming public meetings on our calendar.

Click here to provide feedback for our most recent design development review meeting.

Review the discussion minutes regarding community benefits agreements from the April 23, 2019 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting.


Design Development Review

Green Spaces Projects

Transit and Infrastructure Projects

Institutional Master Plans

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 jcrowell@opdc.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.