City of Oil

Community Development

Kelly Amos, Director of Community Development

For questions regarding Community Development, contact the Community Development Office at (814) 678-3017.

Department Description

The City's Bureau of Community Planning and Development is specified in the City Code at Section 5-20. General responsibilities are to perform those functions required for the desired growth and development of the City, including but not limited to planning, urban renewal, housing, and redevelopment. The Department cooperates and works with various authorities, commissions, and City related agencies, including administrative staff support for the following:

  • Redevelopment Authority

  • Shade Tree Commission

  • Oil City Arts Council

  • Oil City Main Street Program

Additionally, Community Development works with local and regional organizations to create and improve the quality of life for the residents of the City. A working liaison has been established with private, public and semi-public agencies and organizations involved in such areas as regional planning, transportation, marketplace, industrial and economic development, recreation and leisure time, human relations and general community appearance.

The primary source of funding to support the City's Community Planning and Development Department is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG monies are federal funds administered under the direction of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a block grant. The Commonwealth, in turn, distributes the funds to local municipalities according to a formula established in 1982 by Act 179. This formula specifies that communities with a population of 10,000 receive a base grant of $300,000. The grant increases based upon the funds available and the population of each community.

Oil City's Expansive Historic Districts

Oil City is home to 3 distinct historic districts with over 2,000 parcels on the National Register of Historic Places. This means that Oil City is graced with numerous sites and structures that have significance to the history of our community, the state, and the nation. The National Register, authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, is administered by the National Park Service (NPS) under the U.S. Department of the Interior. Frequently asked questions regarding the National Register of Historic Places Program, including restrictions, grant money, and tax credits for historic property owners, can be answered on the NPS webpage. Oil City’s largest historic district, the North Side Historic District, has 1,223 parcels named in the original National Register. The South Side Historic District houses 910 parcels while the Downtown Commercial Historic District has 65 parcels.

Preserving our historic buildings is of the utmost importance. Preservation, defined as “the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property,” focuses on the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. Several sources are available to help you maintain the historic appearance of your building. The NPS has compiled 50 preservation briefs to provide guidance and to help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The Secretary of the Interior has created a series of concepts, identified as The Standards, focusing on maintaining, repairing, and replacing historic materials. Additionally, The Secretary of the Interior developed new Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, offering general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Standards to a specific property. Jointly, these sources offer guidance for decision-making about work or changes to a historic property.

Interested in more in-depth training on historic preservation? Access the NPS Technical Preservation Online Training for guidance on preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating historic buildings. Training topics include managing moisture in your historic house, historic preservation tax incentives, roofing from asbestos to zincs, and many others. If you are unsure whether your property is situated in one of Oil City’s 3 historic districts, contact the Community Development Department.


Important Notices

Oil City's Language Access Plan: Download

Oil City's 2021 Section 504 Resolution: Download

Fair Housing Practices are guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. In Oil City, Community Development Director, Kelly Amos, serves as the Fair Housing Officer and local point of contact.Download

Oil City's 2021 Fair Housing Resolution: Download

For More Information on Fair Housing: Download

To File a Complaint: Download

The City of Oil City is seeking businesses and residents of Venango County interested in becoming certified as Section 3 Business Concerns or Residents. Download

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