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 transportation, sustainable land use, and community development efforts related to the findings of the insight2050 Scenario Results Report, the focused growth principles identified in the insight2050 Corridor Concepts study and the goals of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

This is the first round of projects since the TA Program piloted the initiative with four Central Ohio communities in late 2017.

The City of Hilliard has identified Cemetery Road as the kind of corridor that could help accommodate the population growth predicted through insight2050. The Cemetery Road Conceptual Development Framework Project will receive technical assistance to develop a mixed-use, multimodal conceptual vision for infill and redevelopment along a stretch of the corridor.

Franklin County recently passed a Complete Streets policy and is now getting technical assistance to develop a Complete Streets toolkit that includes design guidelines and policy implementation guidance.

Building on the principles identified through the insight2050 Corridor Concepts study, the City of Westerville will receive technical assistance to identify key development, transportation and technology priorities that can help the city move toward implementing high-capacity transit along the Cleveland Avenue corridor.

Jefferson Township has identified a section of Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road for a potential “town center” neighborhood. The Blacklick Station Conceptual Development Framework Project will give the township technical assistance to develop the vision for a walkable, context-sensitive, mixed-use area.

 The City of Columbus will get technical assistance for a Speed Management and Traffic Calming Framework Project that will identify, prioritize and equitably address speeding concerns throughout the city that affect quality of life, public health, traffic safety and mode choice.

All five projects are under way or in the planning stages and soon to begin. All are expected to be completed within one year of the starting date.

The tools, resources and documents developed through the TA Program are intended to be replicable for other Central Ohio communities working toward the goals of insight2050. For more information about the insight2050 TA Program, visit the program’s web page.

The TA Program is funded through MORPC’s federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program dollars and provides MORPC staff assistance to local government members within the agency’s transportation planning area.