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Pgh. Planning Commission public hearing will consider changes to Hillside Regulation


There will be a public hearing on new text amendments to the Zoning Code before the Planning Commission of the City of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the 1st floor hearing room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown. The amendments cover proposed changes to Hillside Regulation and Educational/Medical Institution.

The changes to the Hillside Zoning Regulation include the creation of a steep slope overlay zone as defined by an existing site slope of 25 percent or more, revisions in the H (Hillside) zoning district to eliminate setbacks and increase the required lot size, clarifications to the PO (Parks and Open space) zoning district, and specification of standards and the approval process for development in the steep slope areas.

The changes will also add text to Chapter 915 of the Zoning Code (Environmental Performance Standards) and provide a rating system for the evaluation of hillside development.

Proposed changes governing allowable uses in the Educational/Medical Institution District include conditional uses or special exceptions as administrator exceptions, with the addition of many new or revised standards for approval. The proposal also adds a requirement for Project Development Plan Approval by the commission in many instances, as well as a requirement the proposed use be in compliance with the approved institutional Master Plan.

Lastly, changes are proposed for the duration of an approved Master Plan and to the requirement for periodic updates, which would be eliminated.

Testimony will be limited to three minutes per individual, and five minutes for a spokesperson representing an organization and providing a “Letter of Authorization” from appropriate officers. Testimony should not be read bust summarized, with the prepared statement submitted to the commission for review.


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