ALLEGHENY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
November 8, 2021
PLANNING CONSULTANT TO ASSIST THE COUNTY PLANNING AGENCY WITH STRATEGIC PLANNING
FOR THE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
The Planning Division of Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) is seeking qualified
Proposers to provide planning consultant services to the Division. The requested services are described
A. BACKGROUND. Allegheny County is a county of the second class whose planning powers are
derived from the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC; Act of July 31, 1968, P.L. 805, No.
247, as amended). Section 301.4 of the MPC requires the County to adopt a comprehensive plan,
and Section 302 requires that plan to be reviewed every ten years. In 2008, Allegheny County
adopted Allegheny Places, its first comprehensive plan. At nearly 15 years old, Allegheny Places is
due for a review and update.
B. SCOPE OF SERVICES – GENERAL DESCRIPTION. The Proposer will assist Planning Division staff by
providing strategic planning assistance for the development of the Allegheny Places update. The
Planning Division seeks creative, innovative solutions to address its strategic planning initiative. This
work will not involve the actual plan update itself.
The Planning Division has prepared a conceptual scope-of-work summary for the plan update that
may be used as a starting point for the strategic planning process, but the results of this process
need not mirror that summary. This conceptual scope summary will be made available to the
consultant following selection.
Responsibilities shall include the following:
1. A “desktop review” of the existing plan, focusing less on the specific goals, objectives, and
recommendations of the plan and more on the good, bad, or outdated aspects of it.
2. Meeting with Division staff to collect their comments on the existing plan and their
comments and ideas on the update process.
3. Research of Best Practices for the plan update process, with particular focus on public
engagement and public input including developing stakeholder groups, public events, and
online engagement tools.
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Lance Chimka, Director
Department of Economic Development
One Chatham Center • Suite 900 • 112 Washington Place • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 350-1000 • www.alleghenycounty.us/economic/
4. Research of potential funding sources, including Federal and State sources and private
5. Assisting the Planning Division in development of the final RFP for the plan update, including a
review and comment on draft RFP documents prepared by the Division.
The Planning Division currently has limited staff available to support the consultant and will rely on the
personnel, experience, and expertise of the consultant to ensure completion of the work.
Services shall include the following deliverables:
1. A written evaluation of Allegheny Places, detailing sections to address during the plan
2. A framework document for preparation of the plan update RFP, including Best Practices to
include in the plan or during the update process.
3. Review and written evaluation of draft funding applications prepared by the Planning
4. Review and written evaluation of draft RFP documents prepared by the Planning Division.
C. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS. Minimum qualifications for Proposers are as follows:
1. Knowledge of planning principles, including the preparation of comprehensive plans and public
2. Experience with strategic planning for municipalities or counties, with an emphasis on
comprehensive plans and the planning process.
3. Familiarity with Allegheny Places.
4. Familiarity with the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (Act 247).
5. The ability to set goals, analyze problems, generate alternative solutions, and provide
recommendations and implementation strategies.
6. The ability to generate specific recommendations that can be realistically implemented.
D. TIMELINE AND BUDGET. The project is expected to take no more than three months and cost no
more than $15,000.
E. SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS. Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, with an
emphasis on a straightforward, concise description of the Proposer’s ability to provide the required
services. All proposals must include at least three relevant work examples, in addition to the
1. Work program detailing:
a. Proposer’s ability to meet the requirements of the scope of services.
b. Proposer’s understanding of the tasks to be performed.
c. Proposer’s understanding of ACED’s role.
2. Proposer’s qualifications, including, all key personnel to be assigned to the project with their
roles and resumes.
3. Detailed cost proposal.
ACED will evaluate all responses to determine which Proposal best meet the needs of this work
program, with price and other factors considered. At the discretion of the Planning Division,
Proposers may be invited to interview.
F. TERMS AND CONDITIONS. The County and ACED reserves the right to:
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1. Modify, rescind, or revoke this RFP at any time.
2. Reject any or all applications.
3. Request clarification of information submitted.
4. Request additional information from any Proposer.
Neither Allegheny County nor ACED shall be responsible for any costs incurred by the Proposer in
preparing, submitting or presenting its response to the RFP, including delivery of the Proposal or
failure to deliver the Proposal as directed by this RFP.
G. INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPOSERS. All Proposal must be received at ACED by December 10, no later
than 3:30 PM, in accordance with the following:
1. Five (5) hard copies of the Proposal, including work examples, must be provided. No faxed
or emailed applications will be accepted.
2. Applications shall be addressed as follows:
Allegheny County Economic Development
Attn: Matthew T. Trepal, AICP, Planning Manager
Chatham One, Suite 900
112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Questions about the RFP may be submitted by e-mail only, to Matt.Trepal@AlleghenyCounty.US.
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