City Seeking Input on recently unveiled Draft Plan
After months of community meetings and input, on Monday, Sept. 16, the Department of City Planning unveiled the draft neighborhood plan for Greater Hazelwood at an Open House event. But there’s still work to do, according to community leaders.
The plan is organized around the topics of community, development, mobility and infrastructure. The community’s priorities are outlined and strategies for implementation are identified throughout the plan, with an overall objective of development without displacement.
One section of the plan looks to improve the walkability and bikeability of the neighborhood and improve the network to make sure that non-motorized transportation is reliable, safe, and affordable. For instance, Hazelwood is home to a section of the Duck Hollow Trail, although it’s completely disconnected from the neighborhood due to the train tracks. Hazelwood is also really close to Schenley Park and the Great Allegheny Passage, yet lack convenient or safe connections to these destinations. There are also major sidewalk issues, or a lack thereof, especially on Second Ave. With that said, there are existing amenities to build off of, such as the Blair River Road bike lanes in Hazelwood Green and a walkable business district.
How to comment
The plan is available for viewing on the Department of City Planning website.
An open period for public comment began on Friday, Aug. 30, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 4. Comments can be made online using this survey.
The Greater Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and there will be opportunity for public comment at this as well.
For more information or questions, contact:
Ose Akinlotan, Project Manager, Neighborhood Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Dash, Acting Director, Department of City Planning, email@example.com