Planning Commission votes to recommend downtown zoning text change to pave way for new residential

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted unanimously to remove some hindrances in the zoning code for downtown to help encourage residential development in the Golden Triangle.

The vote took the form of a recommendation to Pittsburgh City Council.

But the move is expected to remove smaller budget projects from review before the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, raising the budget value requiring a hearing from $50,000, an amount unchanged since at least the 1980s, to $250,000.

The text amendment changes also removes lot size requirements for residential downtown, in which developers were limited to a certain number apartments based on the square footage of the parcel, a limitation that has factored in a couple of recent downtown redevelopment plans.

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