Rich Fitzgerald

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald welcomes you...

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

Allegheny Places, adopted in November 2008, is Allegheny County's award winning 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

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.


Planning Division and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) are exploring ways in which Allegheny Places can support the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny initiative, through updated land use policies and innovative strategies that municipalities can use to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food in their communities.

Interest in an "implementable" approach to comprehensive planning is on the rise – an encouraging trend. Implementable comprehensive plans evolve from a process of active community involvement designed to create tangible results. The community identifies its most key issues, and determines realistic and actionable ways to address them. Some communities started implementing their plan before it was even finished! For more information, look under Implementable Comprehensive Plans in the Toolbox.

Allegheny County has an active transportation plan. Completed in 2010, Active Allegheny provides a wealth of information for communities seeking to integrate non-vehicular modes, such as walking and biking, into the transportation system. The plan provides a blueprint for improved health and improved access to connect our communities, work sites, schools, attractions, and homes. Click on Quick Links below to see the plan. Call Ann Ogoreuc, Manager of Transportation Initiatives, at (412) 350-4549 if you have any questions.