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 [...]

Housing and affordability at top of many regional agendas

Housing and affordability are hot topics at MORPC and throughout the region. In December, MORPC hosted a mini-insight2050 Academy on the complexities of affordable housing, and held the first session of a winter speaker series on housing-related issues. The mini-academy was held as a primer on regional affordable-housing issues for a broad range of planners, [...]

Looking to the future by building on the past

By Brian Williams Central Ohio has been blessed with some developers and policymakers who were ahead of their times – and whose foresight came from their hindsight.Jack Lucks of Continental Real Estate Companies foresaw 25 years ago the appeal of living in an urban apartment above shops and restaurants in modern buildings that reflect the character [...]

Register for insight2050 Academy on housing

Registration is under way for the Fall 2019 semester of the insight2050 Academy. The five-session series focusing on “Housing for All” kicks off September 27 and is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School Alumni Society for a target audience of planning and design practitioners. It is open to other applicants. The sessions will [...]

New insight2050 Academy kicks off September 27

The Fall 2019 semester of the insight2050 Academy begins on Friday, September 27 – kicking off a five-session series focusing on affordable housing and related issues. This academy is co-sponsored by the OSU Knowlton School Alumni Society and is aimed at, but not limited to, planning and design practitioners. The sessions will be from 9 [...]

Knox County planning for growth and change

Knox County and Mt. Vernon have been doing a lot to prepare for growth and change, despite not having any planning staff. The area has had its share of good luck to go along with the disappearance of some major employers, but Jeff Harris knows good luck goes only so far without good community stewardship. [...]

New initiatives focus on housing

Affordable housing is in the news, both locally and nationally. Presidential candidates are proposing policies and legislation to address it. Central Ohio advocates and political leaders have advanced it on the public agenda. Increasingly, it’s also on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) agenda. MORPC and the City of Columbus, along with regional partners, will [...]

Corridor model good for community, mobility, and economy

Columbus and other communities in Franklin County and beyond would see greater economic activity while at the same time reducing anticipated infrastructure costs through a new growth and mobility vision. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts was unveiled April 30 by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and project co-chairs Shannon Hardin and Yaromir Steiner (Columbus City Council [...]

Insight2050 Academy mobilizes for mobility options

The Spring 2019 insight2050 Academy focused on mobility options, and the attendees themselves were mobile – on a “walk audit” of the Brewery District and a brief walking tour of complete streets features in Upper Arlington. A near-record 26 people went through the five-session academy, which wrapped up on March 29. They learned about major [...]

Retiring face of insight2050 not fading into sunset

Terry Foegler has a passion for the information that shapes cities. Often the voice and face of insight2050, Foegler retired in December after six years as director of strategic initiatives for the City of Dublin, where he oversaw planning and development of the Bridge Street Corridor and helped prepare the city for a new era [...]