Rich Fitzgerald

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald welcomes you...

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

Allegheny Places, adopted November 5, 2008, is Allegheny County’s first 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.

Latest News & Events

Let us know about plans and projects you are working on that implement a goal or objective of AlleghenyPlaces! Click here for more information.

July 2013

A DRAFT of the proposed update to the Allegheny Places Transportation Plan is now available on the Projects page. Click here for more information.

July 2013

Allegheny Places Municipal Planning Grant Program – Grants are available to municipalities to update comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, or subdivision and land development ordinances that are consistent with the County's Comp Plan, Allegheny Places. For more info, click here.

June 2013

Pittsburgh visits Cleveland's rapid bus system – read more (BRT project).

2013 Allegheny
County Council:

Dr. Charles Martoni

Vice President

Nicholas Futules

Advisor to Allegheny Places

William Russell Robinson

Jim Burn, Jr.
Barbara Daly Danko
John DeFazio
Matt Drozd
James Ellenbogen
Michael J. Finnerty
Vincent Gastgeb
Krista Harris
Amanda Green Hawkins
Heather Heidelbaugh
Robert J. Macey
John F. Palmiere
Jan Rea

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