City Council Approves RIV District

We are pleased to announce that on July 31st, the City Council approved the RIV with a few amendments:

  • Throughout the RIV, base height was changed from 55 to 60 feet (except in areas with a maximum height of 45 feet).
  • Areas that had previously had a maximum height of 85 feet now have a maximum height of 90 feet. Height maps have been updated to reflect this change.
  • In a southeastern part of the Chateau neighborhood, maximum height is 250 feet.
  • Temporary Surface Parking standards were established (Section 905.04.I.2).
  • The width of the public access easement required for performance points was reduced from 30 to 20 feet. (Section 915.07, Riverfront Public Access Easements, Trails & Amenities).

Documents Available:







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Riverfront Zoning Public Hearing Scheduled

On March 6, 2018 the City’s Planning Commission voted to recommend the proposed RIV district to the City Council.

City Council is interested in obtaining the testimony of residents and stakeholders about the proposed zoning. A public hearing to consider the RIV is scheduled before City Council on:


Tuesday, June 5th at 2:00 PM
City County Building, Fifth Floor
414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Downtown)


To speak or present information to City council at the public hearing, you must call the City Clerk’s Office at 412.255.2138 prior to the hearing date in order to have your name placed on the speaker’s list. Testimony is limited to three minutes. If you do not register in advance, you may have the opportunity to address Council after the list of registered speakers has been exhausted, and you will be given one minute of testimony.

To request interpreters for the hearing impaired, please contact Richard Meritzer at 412.255.2102 no later than Tuesday, May 29th.… Read More Riverfront Zoning Public Hearing Scheduled

Updated RIV Documents Available!

We will have a public hearing date soon, but in the meantime we wanted to make the following documents available:

Please stay tuned for a public hearing date; we’ll update the website as soon as we have one.… Read More Updated RIV Documents Available!

The RIV is on its way to City Council!

We are pleased to announce that last Tuesday (3/6), the City’s Planning Commission sent the RIV on to City Council with a recommendation of approval. The Commission’s approval addressed the following elements, found in Item #13 on the attached Planning Commission report (click to view/download):

  • A map adjustment
  • Building length for stadiums
  • Contextual setback in the Riparian Buffer
  • Standards for tower-on-base buildings
  • Addition of Transit-Oriented Bonuses
  • Additions to definitions (for Transit-Oriented bonus points)
  • Allowance for alternative build-to zones in the North Shore

The Department of City Planning will be making the suggested incorporations and edits and introducing the legislation to City Council in the next month. The City Council process will involve another public hearing, that will be preceded by written notice to owners of properties within the RIV District and within 150 feet of the boundary of the RIV District, and zone change notice postings throughout.

Additional Documents:

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RIV District Planning Commission Hearing Draft

Updated Draft Now Available! You have been commenting since the first draft of Riverfront Zoning was released last month, and we have been listening. An updated Draft is now available. This is the copy we will be taking to Planning Commission Hearing next Tuesday February, 20th. Documents Available: The updated Riverfront Zoning Proposal. (2MB) Summary… Read More RIV District Planning Commission Hearing Draft

Planning Commission Hearing & Updated Draft Materials

On February 6th, City Planning staff briefed the Planning Commission about proposed Riverfront Zoning. You can find the documents and presentation here. Our next stop is Planning Commission Hearing on Tuesday, February 20th, starting at 2:00 pm and located at 200 Ross Street, 1st Floor. You can visit this website for details about the Planning Commission process.
Need an interpreter? Contact Richard Meritzer at or 412.255.2102 no later than Wednesday, February 14.
Want to comment but can’t make the Hearing? Written testimony may be sent in advance. Email to, or mail to / drop off at 200 Ross Street, Suite 309, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
We are still accepting feedback, so please do not hesitate to contact Andrea Lavin Kossis with any questions or comments – 412.255.2223 or
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RIV District Public Comment Draft

An updated Public Review Draft of the riverfront zoning is now available. You can download a copy by clicking here (updated 2/6/2018). The Draft Use Table is available to download by clicking here (updated 2/13/2018).

Drafts of the RIV Subdistrict and Height maps are also available for public review, and can be downloaded at the links below:

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RIV District Public Review Draft Now Available!

The Public Review Draft of the RIV District is now available! You can download a copy of the draft by clicking here.

Drafts of the RIV Subdistrict and Height maps are also available for public review, and can be downloaded at the links below:

The Draft Use Table for the RIV District is also available for review by clicking here. (Added 12/12/2017)

Please join us at the upcoming Public Open Houses to learn more and discuss the RIV District Draft! To learn more or register, please click here!Read More RIV District Public Review Draft Now Available!