The Oakland Plan

The Oakland Plan will create a 10-year plan with a shared visvion for Oakland's future and the projects and programs necessary to make that vision a reality. Once adopted by the Planning Commission, the Oakland Plan will become City policy and guide public and private investments in the area.

During the fall of 2021, input was sought from the broader Oakland community at eight in-person events with nearly 1,500 Oakland stakeholders in attendance. The online open house during the same period was visited by another 2,000 stakeholders who left nearly 500 comments. In October 2021, Action Teams reviewed this input and made their final recommendations to the Steering Committee which is now working with staff to integrate public comments and strategies into the draft Oakland Plan which will be released in early 2022. A set of recommended changes to the Zoning Code to implement elements of the plan will be released at the same time.

Updates, schedule, next steps, and other resources can be reviewed on the City of Pittsburgh EngagePGH website here.


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The City of Pittsburgh requires large institutions like the universities and hospitals that call Oakland home) to have an Institutional Master Plan (IMP) that details upcoming develompent projects for a span of 10-25 years. This helps the Department of City Planning and neighborhoods surrounding each institution better understand potential growht and impact.

Below are the some details on the most recent IMP drafts from some of our areas institutions.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh's Campus Master Plan is intended to be a flexible framework for future development. It also serves as a strategic roadmap for campus-wide renewal and growth while balancing visionary goals with what can be realistically achieved and implemented. The plan represents the culmination and refinement of planning concepts that have been vetted and assessed by a wide group of stakeholders.

Shaped by more than a year of listening and collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and local residents, the University of Pittsburgh's Campus Master Plan has been designed to strateegically align with University priorities. As a result, the plan illustrates how the institution's Pittsburgh campus can evolve over time in a way that supports academic excellence, the student experience, and connection to community.

Readers of the document will learn some of the key possibilities and considerations that the University expects to navigate as it plans for Pitt's future within Oakland both tomorrow and in the decades to come.

Download the 2019 Campus Master Plan for the Pittsburgh Campus here in Oakland or visit their Campus Master Plan website.

(View the 2010 version of the proposed plan here.)

Carnegie Mellon University

CMU's Institutional Master Plan (IMP) planning process began in February 2010 with the intent of adoption by City Council by 2012. From the start, the intention of the IMP was to biuld upon the strengths of the previous campus plan drafted in 2002 while directing campus growth into new properties to support the university's growth needs. The three phases planning process – Analysis, Problem Solving, and Proposals – largely took place between 2010 and 2011.

The Institutional Master Plan was approved by Pittsburgh City Council on April 25, 2012, and later amended and refined in 2015 for the development of a new Scaife Hall. These changes are reflected in the Amended Master Plan, which was approved by City Council on November 4, 2019.

Download the Institutional Master Plan (2012, Amended 2019) to learn about the clear action plan for the future development of the campus, both a guiding document for the implementation of the university's institutional vision, and a legal document conforming to the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code. For ore from CMU's campus design and facility management, visit their website.

(View the 2012 version of the plan before the 2019 amendment here.)

Carlow University

Carlow University has refined a Insitutional Master Plan last updated in Spemteber 2020 upon celebrating the university's 90th anniversary and building upon a heritage of innovative, transformative higher education. Carlow's planning celebrates the rich history of the University and guiding principles of mercy, hospitality, service, discovery, and sacredness of creation. It outlines their strategic architecture to accelerate growth, optimize learning, build financial health, and create collaborative environments to ultimately unleash imagination and transform lives in pursuit of a just and merciful world.

The latest Institutional Mastser Plan and Strategic Vision 2019-2025 can be downloaded from their website here.

And the earlier 2016 Institutional Master Plan can be downloaded here, designed to create a framework for the implementation of recommendations to guide new construction and renovation projects. The plan outlines institutional needs before presenting 10-year Development Plan, 25-year Development Plan, Transportation Management Plan, Environmental Protection Plan, Open Space and Pedestrian Circulation Plan, Neighborhood Protection Strategy, and more.

Chatham University

In order to sustain another 150 years of growth, innovation, and impact, Chatham has created a vision for their campus and built environment that will enhance the lives of community members. The Master Plan exists as an extension of their Strategic Plan, and the latest Master Plan Draft from August 2020 and Summary Presentation from September 2020 are linked from their website.

Developed over a two-year period with input from a variety of campus and external stakeholders, the new Master Plan serves as a foundation for the expansion and evolution of Chatham's Pittsburgh campus in the years to come. The campus plan aims to not only accommodate the Chatham community, but the Greater Pittsburgh community as a whole, taking into account resource priorities and academic goals.

Duquesne University

As an anchor institution in the Uptown neighborhood that borders Oakland, Duquesne University is committed to helping the community thrive by exploring opportunities to grow and improve their campus and surrounding areas and looking for projects that best meet the needs of their students and neighbors.

Poised for growth, Duquesne's 2018-2028 Insitutional Master Plan includes proposed development of academic and athletic areas as well as green space. The University and the public are invited to learn more about the 2018 IMP and share feedback at informational meetings that are detailed on their website along with renderings of proposed projects.

Point Park University

Point Park University provides innovative undergraduate and graduate education in a dynamic urban setting. Dedicated to academic excellence and community engagement, PPU prepares students of diverse backgrounds with the knowledge, skill, and experience to lead meaningful lives as informed citizens and successful professionals.

Point Park's Strategic Initiatives and Goals are central to their vibrant future as a contemporary, urban university. Details about their goals for academic excellence, quality student experience, managed resources, and community engagement can be found on their website here.

UPMC Oakland Campus

The UPMC Oakland campus, comprised of UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, as well as many outpatient and office buildings, is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to community residents. Building on that commitment, UPMC proposes a number of expansions and projects that will allow for a higher level of patient care and convenience.

The UPMC Oakland Campus Master Plan, which is required by the City of Pittsburgh, incorporates many projects, including the removal of the old Children's Hospital building, a new Inpatient Tower constructed on the site where the old Children's Hospital currently stands and part of what is now green space near Fifth Avenue, the construction of additional parking above the current Montefiore parking garage, the expansion of patient care units at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and the addition of a bus terminal in front of the new inpatient tower. Though these projects are proposped, no plans have been finalized. (View the Appendix which accompanies the Master Plan here.)

For more information, links to additional resources related to the master plan, and renderings of some proposed projects, visit the UPMC Oakland campus plan website.