A public hearing has been scheduled at City Council on the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District for Lawrenceville on July 16th at 1:30 p.m. at Council Chambers in the City-County Building (414 Grant Street, 5th Floor). To register for 3 minutes to speak, fill out the form here by 10:30 a.m. on 7/16, or call the City Clerk office at 412-255-2138. Residents who don’t register in advance may still come to the public hearing and speak for 1 minute.
This is expected to be the last public hearing before City Council votes on the legislation, which was introduced in February by Councilwoman Gross and unanimously recommended by the Planning Commission in April. The legislation requires residential development projects in Lawrenceville over 20 units to include 10% of units for low and moderate income families.
Lawrenceville United fully supports mandatory inclusionary zoning as a tool to create housing opportunities for all as the neighborhood grows. We encourage residents to come to the public hearing on 7/16 to voice their support.
Need help preparing your testimony? Join us on Monday, July 15th from 6-8 p.m. at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (118 52nd Street) for support.
Need a ride to the hearing? Call us at 412-802-7220 or email info@LUnited.org.
***UPDATE 6/10/19: Missed our Spring Membership Meeting? Check out the presentation here.***
Please join us for our annual Spring Membership Meeting & Board Elections on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the Clemente Museum (3339 Penn Avenue). There are 6 “by-ward” seats up for election (2 for each “Ward”), and 8 eligible candidates. All Lawrenceville United members in good standing are eligible to vote in LU’s Board elections. Not a member yet? No problem! You can become a member online here, or you can join as a member in person at the meeting. The evening will also include refreshments and an update on LU’s work in the community & plans for moving forward.
There are three ways to cast your vote for candidates for the Board of Directors:
- Voting in person at the Membership Meeting on 6/5
- Returning a ballot by mail to 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
- Voting online via THIS FORM.
The deadline to vote is Tuesday, June 18th, 2019.
This year’s Board candidate slate follows below, and members in good standing may vote for up to 2 candidates for each Ward (each neighborhood of Lawrenceville). Please click on any of the candidates to read their bios.
6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville)
|9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville)||
10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville)
*Current Board members running for re-election appear in bold with an *.
Questions? Contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.
The April Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting was held on 4/16/2019 at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Please see below for the presentations:
- Presentation from Pittsburgh Police Sex Assault & Family Crisis Unit
- Responding to Trauma – Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
- Crime Report for Q1 of 2019 – Zone 2 Police
- Butler Street Design Guidelines – Studio for Spatial Practice
Block watches will resume in May and June and the next Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting will be held on 7/16/2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, focusing on traffic calming and mobility safety.
Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Consider running for an open by-ward position on Lawrenceville United’s Board of Directors!
What does the Board do?
The Board governs the organization and is ultimately responsible for LU’s conduct. The Board is responsible for setting LU’s goals in pursuit of its mission to improve and protect quality of life for all Lawrenceville residents, overseeing the Executive Director, monitoring the financial health of the organization, and making key decisions on matters affecting the community. To learn more and get to know our existing Board, please join us at the Board Meet & Greet on Tuesday, May 7th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Full Pint.
What’s the commitment like?
Board members are expected to serve at least one full term (2 years), attend monthly Board meetings, participate in at least one Board Committee (which usually meet every other month), participate in the annual Board training, and make a personally meaningful donation to the organization.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Our by-laws state that you must have be a Lawrenceville resident and be an LU member in good standing for at least 6 months in order to run for the Board. To run, please fill out this application and plan to attend the spring membership meeting on the evening of June 5th.
- 4/3 – Board application released
- 5/7 – Board Meet & Greet, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Full Pint
- 5/9 – Deadline to submit a Board application
- 6/5 – Spring membership meeting
- 6/18 – Deadline for LU membership to vote
- 6/20 – New Board orientation & dinner
- 6/26 – First Board meeting
Lawrenceville United is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive Board of Directors and organization, and we especially encourage residents from underrepresented populations to apply: people of color, renters, parents of young children, immigrants, women, older adults, people with disabilities, and people with low income.
A robust community process was held in the fall of 2018 that included three well-attended community meetings discussing the state of housing in Lawrenceville and the prospect of inclusionary zoning as a way to ensure affordability as the neighborhood grows. (For all the presentations and notes from that process, click here.)
On February 19th, Councilwoman Gross introduced legislation for the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6), which would create the first mandatory inclusionary zoning program in the City of Pittsburgh, requiring residential developments in Lawrenceville over 20 units to price 10% of units affordably for low/moderate-income folks.
The legislation has now been referred to the Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to City Council after holding a public hearing on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. at 200 Ross Street in the First Floor Hearing Room. Property owners in Lawrenceville should have received a mailing from the Department of City Planning notifying them of the proposed zoning change and the public hearing.
Lawrenceville United fully supports mandatory inclusionary zoning as a tool to create housing opportunities for all as the neighborhood grows. We encourage residents to come to the Planning Commission hearing on 4/23 to show their support. Residents can also show support by completing the “Response Form” that was part of the mailing from City Planning, or by emailing Andrew.McCray@pittsburghpa.gov with the following information:
- Mailing Address
- In favor / opposed to this proposal
- Tenant of / owner of / agent having power of attorney over property located at: _______________, Pittsburgh, PA 152__
- Comments Regarding the Zoning Proposal
For any questions or for support preparing your testimony for the Planning Commission, please call LU at 412-802-7220 or email Dave@LUnited.org.
On March 13th, 2019, Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN) and Lawrenceville United hosted “A Community Meeting about Air Quality in Lawrenceville.” Approximately 50 people were in attendance for a presentation from GASP, Q&A, and break-out sessions around specific topic areas related to air quality. Meeting notes are available HERE.
To get involved, follow LCAN on Facebook, attend the next LCAN meeting on Saturday, April 13th from 2-3 p.m. at the Lawrenceville library on the lower level, or contact info@LUnited.org for more information.
Did you miss the meeting? Check out the LCAN presentation here.
Photo credit: LCAN