The original insight2050 Report released in 2015, provides data and scenario analyses to enable decision makers with an understanding of the impact of future land use decisions on specific factors that influence the region’s quality of life.
The initiative has produced two regional analyses and data-rich reports that enable local and regional policy makers, business leaders, developers, and public stakeholders to evaluate the effect of future land use decisions on specific factors that influence our communities’ quality of life. These factors include land consumption, mobility, and the fiscal, environmental, and public health impacts of development and investment choices.
Insight2050 provides guidance, planning resources, and community engagement tools to enable residents and their governments, as well as the real estate and business communities, to evaluate local development opportunities and make informed decisions.
In partnership with the City of Columbus, the Columbus Partnership, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Urban Land Institute (ULI Columbus), The Columbus Foundation, and several local jurisdictions, we studied current and various future development patterns along selected major thoroughfares. This study is helping Central Ohio communities to understand the impacts of various development patterns, as well as the relationship between these corridors and various types of high-capacity transit technologies. The study offers specific recommendations to promote the best-case scenario for each corridor. The findings were released April 30, 2019.
A social media toolkit is also available, which can be found in the Social Media Toolkit section below.
The insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) provides assistance to MORPC members for the planning of sustainable transportation and community development efforts. TA program services are intended to help communities:
- Increase multimodal transportation options within their community
- Enhance quality of life by improving mobility, accessibility, safety, and reducing the negative public health impacts of transportation
- Improve connectivity to community assets and support reinvestment in underutilized properties through infill and redevelopment planning
- Prepare for emerging transportation by leveraging technology and infrastructure to maximize safety, sustainability, affordability, equity, and quality of life for all residents
The TA Program awards technical assistance services through a competitive application process. Only MORPC members within the Metropolitan Planning Organization area are eligible.
The TA Program application must be submitted via email to Tobi Otulana at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on September 27, 2019. Applications received after that time will not be considered for technical assistance.
MORPC members interested in technical assistance for a project type classified as “other” must first submit an Intent to Apply application via email to Tobi Otulana at email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on August 7, 2019. The Intent to Apply must be received before a Competitive Application can be submitted for this project type. MORPC members interested in technical assistance for one of the pre-determined project types (Complete Streets, First-Last Mile, Low-Impact Transportation, Curbside Management, Shared Mobility, or Conceptual Development Framework) are not required to submit an Intent to Apply application.
A letter or resolution signed by your council, board of trustees, or county commissioners in support of the TA Program application is required as part of the Competitive Application. This required documentation must be submitted via email to Tobi Otulana at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the Competitive Application deadline of 5 p.m. on September 27, 2019. A sample resolution template is provided below.
The insight2050 Academy is a multi-day leadership class where participants engage in critical thinking about planning for growth and development; develop effective communication strategies for community involvement; and grow their personal and professional networks by connecting with fellow decision-makers, practitioners, and civic and community leaders. For more information, visit the academy webpage.
The insight2050 Social Media Toolkit assists MORPC members to share information about Central Ohio’s population growth and development trends. The Toolkit contains statistics, customizable graphics, newsletter templates and more — all meant for the fast-paced world of social media.
- Corridor Concepts Preview Video – Kelly Scocco, City of Columbus
- Corridor Concepts Preview Video – Kimberly Sharp, City of Westerville
Public information officers and communications staff are encouraged to contact Jennifer Noll for more information and to obtain the complete Toolkit.