Inclusionary Zoning – March Update

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:

  • Name
  • 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
  • Signature
  • Date

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.

Notes from Air Quality Meeting on 3/13

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.

Photo credit: LCAN

Lawrenceville Tree Tenders Meet & Greet

 

 

Look around Lawrenceville and you can see that this neighborhood is full of beautiful street trees and unique green spaces.  Many hands have supported the work of transforming Lawrenceville into a place with strong community gardens, beautiful parks, and a tree lined main street.

The Lawrenceville Tree Tenders (LVTT) is one of the groups that has been responsible for leading this work in Lawrenceville.  Join the LVTT on Wednesday February 6th2019 from 6pm-8pm at  Full Pint Wild Side Pub (5308 Butler Street) for the Tree Tenders Meet & Greet.  Meet your neighbors, learn about our work, get info on how to request a tree for your sidewalk, and sign up to volunteer with the LVTT.

Remember, we need your to help keep the neighborhood GREEN!

Questions?  Call LU @ 412.802.7220 or email Darrell@lunited.org

Recap from Community Meeting with the FBI

On Monday, January 28th, Lawrenceville United hosted the FBI units working on hate crimes and domestic terrorism for a presentation on hate crimes and hate incidents. Over 80 people attended. The full presentation is available HERE. Special thanks to the FBI, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 2, and all those who attended.

Some key takeaways:

  • Federal hate crime laws protect the following groups: race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
  • Hate crimes and hate incidents are on the rise nationally. Lawrenceville has seen about a dozen hate crimes or hate incidents in the past 6 months, which has been a disturbing new trend.
  • We all must be PROACTIVE and PREVENTIVE in addressing hate. We can’t prosecute our way out of the problem. Recognizing the behavioral indicators of extremist and hate-based violence, and DOING something, is key to preventing violence.
  • While the First Amendment protects many displays of offensive and hateful speech, a “hate incident,” while not a crime, is still useful to the FBI as it can be an important piece of the puzzle for their intelligence, intervention, and prevention. Hate incidents should be reported. The First Amendment is not extended to criminal acts based on intolerance, purposefully intimidating speech, actions which can be interpreted by a reasonable person to be a serious intent to cause harm, or the planning/preparation/commission/facilitation of violence. A true threat puts the recipient in fear of bodily harm.
  • The FBI can’t “surf” for offensive or hateful speech or materials, but if they receive a tip from the community about it, they have the ability to look into it, which is another reason why tips are important.
  • Residents can report to the FBI through 412-432-4000 or www.fbi.gov/tips. The FBI also encourages residents to use resources like Lawrenceville United (412.802.7220 or info@LUnited.org) to relay information to the FBI if you wish to remain anonymous or don’t want to contact the FBI directly.
  • All of the white supremacist flyers seen around the neighborhood haven’t had permission of the property owners to be hung there, in violation of city ordinance. If you come across these flyers, please document it and report to Lawrenceville United.

If you have any questions or suggestions for other ways that LU can address this trend, please contact us at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.