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 [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy open for registration

Registration has begun for the Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy.  Jointly organized by MORPC and The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society, the series is intended for planners, architects, and other development practitioners. Knowlton School graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. The sessions will convene from 8-11 a.m. on March 2, 9, 16, [...]