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 – [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Urbane urban design

People tend to talk about design in terms of aesthetics: A pretty picture. A stylish outfit. An elegant sculpture. A house with curb appeal. But really, design means planning. A lot of thinking and planning and consideration of obscure details goes into creating those things. The same is true with developments and neighborhoods. A building’s [...]

Borror embraces trend toward urban projects

Executives at Borror Properties already were becoming attuned to urban opportunities when they learned in late 2014 that the market for large-lot, single-family, suburban homes may already have reached the saturation point in Central Ohio. CEO Doug Borror – a child of the suburbs and the second-generation head of a company that built its name [...]

insight2050 helps guide Whitehall development strategy

Central Ohio communities have their own shapes, sizes, histories, and even personalities. They cannot absorb the population growth and demographic changes coming to the region with a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why insight2050 was developed as a tool, rather than a regional plan – a body of information to help cities and towns grow as they [...]

insight2050, affordable housing are Summit topics

insight2050 was a common thread woven through the breakout and plenary sessions during MORPC’s 10th annual Summit on Sustainability & the Environment on Nov. 14. In particular, many speakers addressed a need for livable and walkable communities with affordable housing. In fact, that was the theme of a morning breakout session on “Returning ‘Missing Middle’ [...]

Communities prepare for similar futures in diverse ways

When MORPC’s insight2050 team got Technical Assistance applications back from the selection committee in September, the breakdown looked simple: Two Central Ohio cities wanted help developing complete streets policies, and two other communities wanted help with plans for walkable, mixed-use developments within their boundaries. The reality is more complex – and more reflective of the [...]