Registration is under way for the Fall 2019 semester of the insight2050 Academy. The five-session series focusing on “Housing for All” kicks off September 27 and is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School Alumni Society for a target audience of planning and design practitioners. It is open to other applicants.
The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday from September 27 to October 25, and enrollment will include registration for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) annual Summit on Sustainability on October 11. Academy participants will attend a summit breakout session from 10 to 11 a.m. that day on “Neighborhood Initiatives Building a Socially, Economically, and Environmentally Sustainable Region.” The topic relates to the academy theme, and participants can attend other summit activities as well.
The first two sessions, held at MORPC, will offer perspectives on the housing challenges facing Central Ohio, along with an overview of insight2050 and the decisions faced by Central Ohio communities in adapting to the population growth, demographic changes, and new technologies that will shape the region. Speakers include Leah Evans, vice president for real estate development at Homeport, and Rachel Kleit, who has done extensive research at OSU on housing mobility and location choice, and affordable housing policy.
After the summit, the final two sessions will be held at the offices of Homeport, a Columbus-based non-profit homebuilder since 1987. On October 18, participants will learn about barriers to potential affordable-housing solutions, such as zoning, policy, and finance. They will also discuss some “scenarios,” or hypothetical case studies, to help identify the “problem statements” that teams of participants will address in the workshop-style final session on October 25.
The academy theme is particularly relevant this fall, as it coincides with local and national discussions about housing shortages.