insight2050 Phase I Impact Report Released

It may be difficult to believe, but it has been two years since we first launched insight2050!

We have accomplished a lot so far and during this milestone it is important to reflect on the progress we have made together. It is in that spirit we share our insight2050 Phase I Impact Report.

The Impact Report highlights the achievements, outreach, and various work we have accomplished during the first phase of insight2050, which ran through June 2015.

Your input has been instrumental to the success of this collaborative initiative, and we hope you remain engaged as we introduce some exciting new tools and resources. Please stay informed on our progress by visiting getinsight2050.org.

New insight2050 Data Released

Change. It’s the hot topic in Central Ohio. That’s why two years ago we launched insight2050 to examine the effects of population growth and changing development patterns on our region in the coming thirty-five years. At that time, we utilized the official job and population growth projections for region, as provided by Ohio Development Services Agency. Even under those somewhat conservative projections, Central Ohio was on track to be the fastest-growing region in the state.

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At its annual State of the Region event, held this year on May 6, MORPC shared the latest insight2050 data to benchmark our region’s actual growth from 2010 to 2015 against those earlier projections. With this valuable information, insight2050 assists communities across Central Ohio to prepare for this remarkable growth in the years ahead. We invite you to explore this new data here and while you’re visiting the site, please take a moment to sign up for the insight2050 e-Newsletter to stay up-to-date on all things insight2050.

Since 2010, we have added 115,000 people – much more growth than had been projected for the region. Based upon these recent trends, our region will likely grow by significantly more than the projected 500,000 people by 2050.

There are many variables to consider, but if this remarkable rate of growth were to continue, it’s likely our region’s population growth would reach the 500,000 mark 20 years early – by 2029.

This growth rate, if it were to continue, would put Central Ohio on pace to add upwards of a million people by 2050.

As insight 2050 pointed out, population growth, and the housing needed to accommodate that growth, also affects our region’s land development patterns. insight2050 examined 4 scenarios of how we could grow as a region. Very different results play out if we grow as we did in the past as contrasted with our communities choosing to focus their growth through infill and redevelopment.

So far, we are still consuming farmland and green space for development, but not as much as in the recent past, and even less than was expected from our insight 2050 analysis. In just the last five years, we consumed about 25 square miles of land for development. A nearly equal amount of this land was developed in rural areas as was developed inside areas already served by infrastructure, especially with infill and redevelopment. This represents a shift toward a more compact form of development across the region, as compared to the past.

At this pace, by 2050 the region will have developed about 112 additional square miles of land, well below the 270 square miles originally expected from the insight2050 analysis. Even as we grow faster, communities and the market are already responding with more focused and compact forms of growth. We are losing farmland at a slower rate. More development is happening in places where infrastructure and development already exists. This creates significant fiscal, environmental and health benefits by using fewer government resources, reducing congestion, and using infrastructure more efficiently.

We are on target to build at least 300,000 new housing units by 2050. Between 2010 and 2015, we saw significant growth in multi-family housing. Of the 36,000 new housing units constructed in this time, nearly 2 out of 3 were multi-family. This is consistent with the household characteristics considered in insight2050 and is an example of how communities are responding to market preferences. Residents are seeking more housing options, including smaller attached homes.

There is good news on the economic development front. According to Columbus 2020, the eleven Central Ohio counties within its scope have added 122,000 new jobs since 2010, and continued job growth is expected. This strong underlying indicator of economic health is clearly one of the primary drivers for robust population growth.

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