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 selected major thoroughfares. The study will help Central Ohio communities understand the impact of these development patterns, as well as the relationship between the corridors and various types of high-capacity transit technologies.

“As we move forward with the study and take a more in-depth look at each corridor and the possibilities that exist along it, it becomes even more important that we have a good cross section of our community leaders in the room to help us prioritize and make decisions,” said Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning & Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The September 25th meeting provided the opportunity for the insight2050 Corridor Concepts co-chairs – Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin and ULI Columbus Chair and Steiner + Associates CEO Yaromir Steiner – to address the stakeholders. The consultants on the study then provided a synopsis of where the study is heading and what considerations are important as it nears its conclusion in November.

The five corridors being studied include:

  • Main Street: SR 256 to Downtown Columbus
  • Northeast: Polaris Pkwy to Downtown Columbus
  • Northwest: US 33 at Post Road /Frantz Road to Downtown Columbus
  • Southeast: Rickenbacker Int’l Airport to Downtown Columbus
  • Broad Street: Norton Road to Downtown Columbus

These routes represent a high level of development opportunity with a potential for infrastructure improvements, incentives, and other strategies in order to achieve compact development patterns.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in an interactive activity as they considered what development patterns would work best, as well as to offer feedback on what factors should be in play as the study looks at job growth, land availability, transit, and many other factors along each corridor.

The study will offer specific implementation recommendations to promote the best-case scenario, or concept, for each corridor. It is intended to be replicable so that it may be applied to other similar thoroughfares in the future.

The information from the study’s corridor working groups and project working group will supplement other work being performed by the study’s steering committee, communications committee, and data committee.

The findings of insight2050 Corridor Concepts will be released before the end of the year.