Work begins on Active Transportation Plan

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is renewing its focus on how residents and visitors can safely and efficiently travel by foot, bike, and other similar modes through the development of its 2020 Active Transportation Plan (ATP). MORPC has long advocated for people to be able to walk, ride a bike, and ride transit safely and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Knox County planning for growth and change

Knox County and Mt. Vernon have been doing a lot to prepare for growth and change, despite not having any planning staff. The area has had its share of good luck to go along with the disappearance of some major employers, but Jeff Harris knows good luck goes only so far without good community stewardship. [...]

MORPC seeks new round of Technical Assistance applications

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) will seek applications for its second round beginning July 1. The TA Program provides MORPC staff assistance to MORPC members within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for sustainable transportation and community development plans related to the findings of insight2050 Scenario [...]

Corridor model good for community, mobility, and economy

Columbus and other communities in Franklin County and beyond would see greater economic activity while at the same time reducing anticipated infrastructure costs through a new growth and mobility vision. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts was unveiled April 30 by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and project co-chairs Shannon Hardin and Yaromir Steiner (Columbus City Council [...]