Issue 8 | October 16, 2014

Internationally renowned architect, urban planner and designer, Peter Calthorpe, Principal of Calthorpe Associates, will deliver an insight2050 keynote presentation on Wednesday, November 5 at the Athletic Club of Columbus.

Utilizing Calthorpe’s state-of-the-art analytic tools, insight2050 will provide objective data and analysis to enable communities to better understand the nature, composition and potential impact of future land use policies.

Calthorpe will present key findings of insight2050 and discuss how our region’s communities can anticipate and respond to future growth in a way that effectively addresses market demand and demographic changes, manages vital government resources and encourages robust economic development.

How Central Ohio is Preparing for 2050

MORPC’s Summit on Sustainability and the Environment took place October 10 at Hilton Columbus Downtown. The sold out event featured a variety of educational sessions, including a session called Central Ohio on the Move featuring Mayor Jeff Hall, City of Newark; Kimberly Sharp, City of Westerville; Vince Papsidero, City of Columbus; and Nelson Yoder, Crawford Hoying Development Partners.

Presenters shared about how local officials and private developers are preparing for 500,000 new Central Ohio residents by 2050. Here are some highlights from that session:

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The City of Newark is preparing for shifting demands and demographics by working to attract millennials to the community. To that end the City is working to make its downtown Courthouse Square a destination by incorporating pedestrian-friendly street designs and necessities within walking distance to mixed-use developments.


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The City of Westerville is planning for the future with Imagine Westerville. The plan gives community stakeholders the opportunity to assess the community today, understand choices for the future, and create policies to match the vision. A recent Community Snapshot Report revealed existing demographic trends and potential growth over the next 20 years. City officials will consider this data, community values and scenario metrics as they prepare for the future.


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The City of Columbus is planning for shifting demographics and demand by accommodating a range of development options in its downtown and urban neighborhoods. A market study for the City’s East Franklinton Plan forecasts a potential 2,000-plus market rate housing units; 50,000 square feet of retail; and 100,000 square feet of office, incubator and arts space over the next 10 years. Meanwhile in West Franklinton the City is focusing on stabilizing housing, attracting retail and creating jobs.

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Crawford Hoying is the development firm behind mixed-use projects like The Lane in Upper Arlington, The Heights in Worthington and Bridge Park as a part of the Bridge Street District in Dublin. They have observed shifting demographics leading to greater market demand for walkable neighborhoods with access to offices, retail and restaurants.