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 [...]

Central Ohio building and zoning stay afloat amid shutdown

Central Ohio communities are mobilizing to keep up with building and zoning applications during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order – making use of online video hearings and even virtual inspections of some construction projects. Ohio legislators did their part in March with approval of House Bill 197, which allows a temporary easing (until December 1) of [...]

Local government videoconferences keep region connected

These are unprecedented times in the effort to bring Central Ohio municipalities, townships, and counties together as a region. MORPC’s role during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order goes well beyond virtually convening local governments and the building industry to determine ways to go forward. MORPC has partnered with the Franklin County Township Association and Central Ohio [...]

May 1st, 2020|Events, Public Health, Voices of insight2050|

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 [...]

New development models may help reduce pedestrian deaths

A rising number of cars are hitting pedestrians in Central Ohio, and the number of pedestrian fatalities in 431 such crashes last year rose to 23. A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch examined the situation and compared Columbus-area numbers with those of other Ohio cities. Columbus TV station WSYX spoke with MORPC and others [...]

Communities seek Technical Assistance Program guidance

Central Ohio communities are showing interest in conceptual development projects and strategies to provide more transportation and mobility options through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) insight2050 Technical Assistance Program. To apply, communities must provide a letter or resolution signed by the council, board of trustees, or county commissioners in support of the TA Program [...]

Spring insight2050 Academy to focus on future of local and regional mobility

Hop on an electric scooter to the bus stop and then take COTA down to MORPC for the Spring 2019 insight2050 Academy. The focus on the five-session academy every Friday in March will be complete streets, transportation options, new technology, and old-fashioned walking. The Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and [...]

Panelists “Park It” at the Summit on Sustainability to Discuss Access to Open Space

MORPC held its annual Summit on Sustainability, the agency’s signature environmental conference, on October 25. The insight2050 session featured a dynamic panel of professionals who gathered to discuss a critical question facing Central Ohio: How can we improve residents’ access to parks and recreational spaces? The Trust for Public Land’s “Park Score,” an annual ranking [...]

The Columbus roots of ‘Walkability’

“Walkability” didn’t exist in many dictionaries 20 years ago. Now it’s everywhere. In communities all over Central Ohio, elected officials, engineers, and residents are making it a priority. Demographic trends and insight2050 show baby boomers and millennials leading the charge to more compact, mixed-use, “walkable” neighborhoods. And it’s not just about exercise. It’s about the [...]

Active, Healthy Neighborhoods by Design

Research continues to show a correlation between the design of our communities and our health. People who live in safer, more walkable neighborhoods tend to exercise more and show more signs of good health than people who live in less walkable neighborhoods. But what is it about walkable communities that corresponds to better health? A [...]

April 25th, 2016|Best Practices, Development, Public Health|