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 [...]

MORPC seeks new round of Technical Assistance applications

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) will seek applications for its second round beginning July 1. The TA Program provides MORPC staff assistance to MORPC members within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for sustainable transportation and community development plans related to the findings of insight2050 Scenario [...]

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 [...]

Building on city’s heritage for a harmonious future

The architecture of the past can be a foundation for the population growth of Central Ohio’s future. That’s the “retropolitan” vision of Randy Black, who recently retired after 15 years as the City of Columbus Historic Preservation Officer, and another 10 years in that department. He’s now a preservation consultant to the Ohio Connection and [...]

Hilliard Highlights Roundabouts

The proliferation of roundabouts in Franklin County – especially around Hilliard, Dublin, New Albany, Gahanna, and Groveport – seems to have precipitated fender benders in some circles. But they also have led to a reduction in serious crashes near those locations. The City of Hilliard hosted an event on March 28 that emphasized the absence [...]

Academy + Technical Assistance Program can add up to funding opportunities

Twenty-six engineers, elected and appointed officials, and advocates are immersed in the changing mobility landscape through the insight2050 Spring 2019 Academy. They’re learning the role of electric scooters in the transportation system, how to design complete streets, and what “curbside management” will mean as ride-hailing and autonomous shuttles become more common and private car ownership [...]

Greater Ohio Summit links large, small cities

The 2019 Greater Ohio Summit covered everything from industrial brownfield cleanup to affordable housing in urban and rural neighborhoods. The conference with the theme of “New Perspectives on Revitalization,” took place March 14 at the Westin in Downtown Columbus. Keynote speaker Anika Goss-Foster, executive director of the Detroit Future City Implementation Office, spoke of Detroit’s [...]

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 [...]

Apply now for insight2050 Academy focused on mobility

The insight2050 Spring Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and continues each Friday morning through March 29. It is aimed at elected and appointed officials of Central Ohio communities, engineers, transportation officials, and other advocates of transportation options. It will showcase the experiences of Central Ohio communities that have adopted, or [...]