Pittsburgh’s city planning director leaving post

Raymond W. Gastil, one of the early, key national search hires of the administration of Mayor Bill Peduto, is leaving his post as Director of City Planning to direct the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gastil leaves the position after a little more than five years, a period in which the city has undergone dramatic change.

Gastil served as a policy point man in a number of major policy initiatives by Peduto. He helped to set up a new Affordable Housing Task Force as well as lead the planning department as it worked to establish a new Riverfront Zoning Ordinance, or RIV, updating the standards to develop along much of the city’s riverfront land, a still-new regime expected to helped to protect the rivers’ ecology an public places while enabling new development.