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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Building a strong region out of Strong Towns

Strong Towns started in 2009 as a modest website with big ideas. After an initial small investment in time and money, the site attracted the notice of like-minded urban advocates and planning professionals who wanted to help out. So founder Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn built an addition, you might say, onto his growing site to [...]