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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]