Pittsburgh Master Plans & Design Guidelines
Looking for guidelines for your riverfront real estate project? Start by checking out our printable guides to riverfront development on the page that best describes your project:
- Start a Riverfront Project in Your Town (for those outside of Pittsburgh)
- Start a Riverfront Project in Pittsburgh
On these pages, you’ll find a helpful step-by-step guide of tips and recommendations for making your riverfront project great.
Once you’ve visited one of our “Start a Project” pages, take a look at the additional master plans and design guidelines below from the Riverlife archives.
Three Rivers Park Design Guidelines (2002)
Resource handbook for landowners and developers with expectations for development along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts and especially in and around Three Rivers Park.
Landscape Management Guidelines (2006)
Guidelines for the use, restoration and management of Pittsburgh’s riverbanks based on sustainable design strategies such as inclusion of native plants, water conservation, and stormwater management.
Three Rivers Park Public Art Strategy (2006)
Recommendations for public artwork throughout Three Rivers Park that embodies the identity and values of the riverfront, elevates the experience of the visitor, and bolsters Pittsburgh’s distinctive sense of place.
Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan (2010)
Joint plan by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, and Riverlife for the redevelopment of the banks of the Allegheny River and for the Strip District and Lawrenceville riverfront communities.
Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Plan (2013)
Federally-funded plan created by a public process for the redevelopment of a 6.5-mile corridor along the Allegheny River. Encompasses the neighborhoods of Downtown, Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park and Morningside.
Strip District Riverfront Park Vision Plan (2016)
Building on the larger Green Boulevard plan, this vision plan narrows in on riverfront access and open space between 11th Street and 31st Street along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh’s Strip District neighborhood
Guide to Riverfront Development (2014)
Riverlife’s guide to successful riverfront development includes recommendations about design, connections to the river, public art, environmental sustainability and more.
Studies and Reports
Three Rivers Park Economic Impact Analysis (2014)
Looking for solid evidence that quality riverfronts are a good investment for the local economy? The Three Rivers Park Economic Impact Analysis summarizes a meaningful link between investments in park infrastructure along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts and the ability to catalyze development and increase property value.