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Zoning and Development Committee

The Zoning and Development Committee of the Friendship Community Group engages developers, landlords and public officials who affect the urban planning process to ensure equitable quality of life for all residents in Friendship, our home. 




  • Engage developers during the early stages through agreements that address the community’s concerns and needs. 

  • Monitor developments during planning through construction phases to ensure compliance with agreements. 

  • Support neighbors impacted by development particularly where business borders on residential areas. 

  • Foster landlord accountability and promote responsible building maintenance. 

  • Work with City agencies on identifying and enforcing existing land use and property-related ordinances. 

  • Invite City departments and agencies to speak at ZDC meetings to promote awareness and understanding of land use regulations.  

  • Develop an understanding of neighborhood zoning designations and City enforcement practices to develop approaches to effectively ensure compliance occurs. 

  • Investigate partnerships with other non-profit organizations to preserve existing affordable housing where feasible. 

  • Support and participate in comprehensive planning that affects Friendship and preserves the neighborhood’s historic character.


Out of Committee scope – traffic safety, parking enforcement, Baum Grove issues and public safety / police concerns


Public Zoning and Development Committee meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the odd months (Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sept/Nov) at 6:30 pm. Please contact if you have any questions about the meetings.


Meeting minutes are available at

September 2023 Zoning and Development Meeting

Tuesday September 5th at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Avenue


This meeting of the Zoning and Development Committee will feature a presentation from and discussion with Pittsburgh Glass Center Executive Director Heather McElwee and Sr. Project Engineer Dominick Davido. Please join us to hear about updates to the Pittsburgh Glass Center expansion project.



Need Help?


If you need help with a housing or development issue in Friendship or have concerns about a development in the neighborhood, contact the ZDC chairs by email at


Committee Chairs 

The 2023 chair for the Zoning and Development Committee is Emily George. To contact the committee chairs, please email

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