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In addition to monthly Board of Directors meetings and twice yearly, open-to-the-public council meetings, the South Side Community Council also facilitates speciality community meetings with local and state government, transportation agencies, housing developers, etc. as community needs arise.

Tied in to this community outreach is our designation as a Registered Community Organization (RCO) within the City of Pittsburgh. The Department of City Planning approved South Side Community Council as an RCO in January 2020. Registered Community Organizations provide input on development activities in their neighborhood and planning processes. Applicants requesting to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Planning Commission, the Historic Review Commission and/or the Art Commission must contact the RCO in the neighborhood of the development and schedule a Development Activities Meeting.

A Development Activities Meeting (a.k.a. a DAM meeting : ) provides community stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the proposals that affect them and to resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process.

Projects that meet the following thresholds require a public hearing: 
 – 2,400 sq. ft. of new or expanded structure
 – 4+ new residential units
 – New or enlarged parking area with 10+ stalls
 – Use variances
 – Zoning map amendments
 – Project development plan (PDP)
 – Preliminary land development plan (PLDP)
 – Final land development plan (FLDP)
 – Master development plans
 – Institutional master plans
 – An application to Historic Review Commission
 – An application to the Art Commission

A list of upcoming meetings and more details about the process can be found on the city’s website.  All DAM meetings of interest to the South Side Community Council are recorded and posted on the council’s YouTube page. 

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