Grove City updating zoning code to prepare for 2050

Grove City officials learned over the last couple years that their vision for the future ran afoul of their own zoning code. So the code is changing. The city hoped to rewrite its code a decade ago, but the recession put the brakes on development and a damper on the budget. The slowdown allowed Grove [...]

Newsletter seeking additional Voices

With this issue, Voices of insight2050 has now published 20 articles in 2018 – many of them simple notices promoting insight2050 events and activities such as insight2050 academies and MORPC’s annual Summit on Sustainability. But most were focused on projects and ideas that Central Ohio communities can learn from and emulate as local-government and business [...]

Insight2050 Academy participants span all of Central Ohio

The Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy covered a lot of ground – in more ways than one. Of 17 participants, 11 were from Fairfield, Hocking, and Perry counties. There also were three from Delaware, one from the Hilltop area of Columbus, one from Licking County, and one from Jefferson Township. They made three site visits – [...]

Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Nearing Completion

The insight2050 Corridor Concepts study took another step forward as representatives from various local governments and neighborhood associations, businesses, real estate development, and other organizations associated with the five corridors being studied recently gathered for a working group meeting. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts is an effort to look at current and potential future development patterns along [...]

Fall insight2050 Academy to focus on smaller and rural communities

Public officials who register for the Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy will have a chance to see first-hand how some of their counterparts are preparing their communities for change. That’s because the six-session course will include presentations and walking tours in Newark, Marysville, and Grove City. The Academy kicks off on Friday, September 21, at 9:30 [...]

Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy will focus on outlying counties

It’s time to think about the next semester of the insight2050 Academy, tentatively scheduled to begin September 21. This academy – the fifth that MORPC has organized in two years – is for public officials, particularly those in outlying areas of Franklin and surrounding counties. Central Ohio county seats and rural communities are experiencing some [...]

Licking County and Rural Communities Brace for Growth

Central Ohio is expected to grow by up to 1 million residents by 2050. Most of that is expected to be in Columbus and its Franklin County suburbs – which already are preparing for the changes in population and demographics. But much of the growth will be in surrounding counties, their county seats, and rural [...]

Taxes are a factor in planning

How do we pay for the public services we want and need? How do our development patterns shape the cost of our streets, parks, trash pickup, safety, utilities, snow plowing, and other necessities of daily life in our communities? In the last Voices of insight2050 e-newsletter, Chris Hermann, a principal at MKSK Studios, made the [...]

May 22nd, 2018|Best Practices, Development, Voices of insight2050|

MORPC studies major mobility corridors

Insight2050 Corridor Concepts, a study managed by MORPC, is gathering information from stakeholder groups along five major corridors in Columbus and neighboring communities to gauge future development and transportation needs and opportunities. MORPC kicked off the study on November 30 with its partners: the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA); Columbus District Council of the Urban [...]

Practitioners Complete Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy

The Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy sent 22 more practitioners out to guide the region’s growth armed with greater knowledge and understanding. Class members received their certificates March 23 after a four-session Academy jointly organized by MORPC and the Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society and held at OSU’s Longaberger Alumni House. It was the fourth [...]