Place Types Impact

The place types used to build the insight2050 scenarios are based on the characteristics of development in communities across Central Ohio. These Urban, Compact, and Standard place types represent the range of development patterns found in the region, from the most intense and mixed parts of Downtown Columbus, to compact walkable neighborhoods and towns such as Granville and Grandview Heights, to standard suburban areas that are common across the 7-county region. Each of the three place types vary in their development intensity, mix of uses, and walkability. Higher levels of each of these characteristics are generally associated with lower automobile use, as well as lower household transportation costs and energy and water bills. The maps below illustrate how these factors come together to impact automobile use in typical Central Ohio communities.