Regional Housing Study Release Set for September 2

Work is nearing completion on the Regional Housing Strategy, a coordinated effort to develop investment and policy recommendations to support mixed-income neighborhoods and regional growth. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the City of Columbus, Franklin County, and additional regional partners announced the Regional Housing Strategy in mid-2019. Since then, great progress has been made [...]

Post-COVID Academy to focus on design of affordable housing

COVID-19 may have delayed an insight2050 Academy on affordable housing again, but MORPC and the OSU Knowlton Alumni Society still have hopes of offering a design-based academy once the pandemic dangers are eased. The program was originally proposed this past spring, but was postponed due to the COVID outbreak. Along with the  Alumni Society, MORPC [...]

Work begins on Active Transportation Plan

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is renewing its focus on how residents and visitors can safely and efficiently travel by foot, bike, and other similar modes through the development of its 2020 Active Transportation Plan (ATP). MORPC has long advocated for people to be able to walk, ride a bike, and ride transit safely and [...]

Community efforts paved way for insight2050

Since Insight2050 was launched in 2014, it has changed the way Central Ohio communities prepare for growth. But the conversations that inspired insight2050 go back more than a decade earlier with MORPC member communities, as well as private-sector planners and developers, reacting to real-life challenges of the day. Landlocked communities with aging populations and shrinking [...]

Regional Housing Strategy adapts to changing social factors

The COVID-19 stay-at-home order this spring slowed the pace of the Regional Housing Strategy (RHS), but it did not shut it down. In fact, the pandemic has added an important dimension to the initiative in a world and region that will never be quite the same. RHS stakeholders have been working toward a shared vision [...]

Protecting farmland is important to the region’s growth

Central Ohio was on track to lose up to 500 square miles of farm and forest land by 2050 to meet projected population growth if development had continued in the same patterns as those in the late 1900s and early 2000s. But over the last six years, projected land consumption has declined even as estimates [...]

Central Ohio building and zoning stay afloat amid shutdown

Central Ohio communities are mobilizing to keep up with building and zoning applications during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order – making use of online video hearings and even virtual inspections of some construction projects. Ohio legislators did their part in March with approval of House Bill 197, which allows a temporary easing (until December 1) of [...]

Lancaster discovers it’s a trendsetter in affordable housing

Mike Pettit, economic development director for the City of Lancaster, had never heard of “missing middle” housing or Opticos, the California-based design firm that coined the term. But he knew what his city needed in some of its working-class neighborhoods. Opticos would probably approve. For a number of reasons, Pettit and Mayor David Scheffler settled [...]

Insight2050 Academy on affordable housing design to be rescheduled

The Spring 2020 insight2050 Academy on affordable housing is the latest postponement amid efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The Academy was scheduled for the mornings of April 3, 10, and 17, with planning and architectural professionals exploring and demonstrating the role of design in affordable housing. MORPC remains committed to moving forward with this [...]

Five projects getting under way in Technical Assistance Program

Work has begun on five planning projects selected by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) for technical assistance. The cities of Hilliard, Westerville, and Columbus, as well as Jefferson Township and Franklin County will benefit from MORPC’s insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program). MORPC staff members will assist these communities in the planning of active [...]