Rich Fitzgerald

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald welcomes you...

to the website of Allegheny Places, the official Allegheny County comprehensive plan.

Allegheny Places, adopted in November 2008, is Allegheny County’s award winning comprehensive land use plan.

What is a County Comprehensive Plan? Counties are required by state law to adopt a land use and growth management plan which establishes broad goals and criteria to guide municipalities in the preparation of their plans.

Allegheny Places meets the requirements of state law - but is so much more! Allegheny Places is a unique blueprint for a sustainable future envisioned by the citizens of the County, where:

  • Equity and diversity is an integral part of land use policy and decision-making
  • Stable, well-paying jobs are available in a diversified economy
  • A consistent, coordinated development process fosters sound growth and development
  • Greater sharing of services and facilities ensures citizens a cost-effective, high quality of life
  • Quality housing meets a diversity of needs and is readily available
  • New transit-oriented development and walkable mixed-use development provide energy-efficient options for living and working
  • Revitalized neighborhoods and communities celebrate Allegheny County’s unique culture and history
  • An efficient multi-modal transportation system connects people and places
  • Greenways protect vital natural features and enhance Allegheny County’s scenic beauty

On this website you will find detailed information about Allegheny Places. Municipalities and others are invited to explore the website's resources which include:

  • The comprehensive plan and plan maps in an easy-to-download format
  • An interactive Map Viewer that provides a close-up look at the Plan’s GIS map data
  • Checklists for evaluating local comprehensive plans, land use ordinances, grant applications and development projects for consistency with Allegheny Places
  • Model ordinances
  • Links to other websites with useful tools and information
  • A showcase of local innovative ideas and projects
  • An eLibrary of plans, reports and studies related to Allegheny Places elements

ACED’s Planning Division would be happy to meet with your municipality or organization to talk about Allegheny Places. Just give us a call at 412-350-1030.


The Southwest Chapter of the American Planning Association, PA Chapter is hosting the 2015 State Conference October 18th-20th at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. We are very excited to announce confirmation of our keynote speaker, internationally renowned urban planner Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities, and James Brasuell, Editor of Planetizen as our Pitkin Luncheon speaker. Online registration will be available in July.

Allegheny County has an active transportation plan. Completed in 2010, Active Allegheny provides a wealth of information for communities seeking to integrate non-vehicular modes, such as walking and biking, into the transportation system. The plan provides a blueprint for improved health and improved access to connect our communities, work sites, schools, attractions, and homes. Click on Quick Links below to see the plan. Call Ann Ogoreuc, Manager of Transportation Initiatives, at (412) 350-4549 if you have any questions.

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