MORPC and Local Communities Kick Off Regional Housing Study
Work has begun on a coordinated housing strategy that will develop investment and policy recommendations to support mixed-income neighborhoods and regional growth.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the City of Columbus, Franklin County, and additional regional partners announced the Regional Housing Strategy on July 31. Since then, the study’s advisors and funding partners have already met to discuss the scope of the study and what its success will look like.
The study will:
- Look closely at the state of the housing market in the region and the data gaps that currently exist based on previous research
- Review and analyze the availability of public and private dollars to support housing development
- Identify structural impediments to housing developments
- Conduct a national scan around investment policies and strategies to address housing affordability.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a non-profit out of Washington, D.C., will serve as the lead consultant for the project. The team will also consist of local agencies Ice Miller, RAMA Consulting, and Vogt Strategic Insights.
One of the fundamental elements of the plan will be recommendations on how to most effectively spend public and private dollars to ensure that housing is available at all price points, including funds generated by the City of Columbus’ $50 million housing bond package and the recently announced $100 million loan pool for the Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County.
The housing strategy will build on the work of the Affordable Housing Alliance, Franklin County’s poverty and economic development work – including the recent proposal to increase the county’s annual investment in affordable housing from $17 million to $24 million – as well as the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio Housing Need Assessment and the city’s 2018 Incentives Study.
The study is being funded by the cities of Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Grove City, Lancaster, Whitehall, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Marysville, Delaware, and Westerville; Franklin, Union, and Licking counties; the Columbus Partnership and many of its members; and The Columbus Foundation. It is expected to be completed by spring 2020.