MORPC, its members, and community partners are committed to addressing barriers that impact many historically marginalized, disadvantaged, and underserved communities face across the region.
We reaffirm this commitment by identifying, monitoring, and working with key stakeholders to address inequities in communities across Central Ohio. As the regional council for more than 80 members and the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Central Ohio Region, MORPC is charged with complying with Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964, Environmental Justice, and Justice40 requirements.
MORPC’s Approach to Title VI and Environmental Justice
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with MORPC. To learn more about MORPC’s Title VI Non-Discrimination policy, click here.
MORPC, in response to addressing environmental justice challenges in the Central Ohio region, developed a process to assess the impacts of the transportation planning process, the regional transportation plan, and the Transportation Improvement Program on target populations. MORPC identified three (3) principles to ensure environmental justice considerations are being properly integrated into the transportation planning process:
- Adequate public involvement of low-income and minority populations in regional transportation decision-making.
- Assess whether there were disproportionately high and adverse impacts on low-income and minority populations resulting from federal programs.
- Assure that the low-income and minority populations receive a proportionate share of the benefits of federal transportation investments.
As part of an ongoing aspect of MORPC’s planning work, each program, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update must include a qualitative environmental justice analysis.
By incorporating Environmental Justice and non-discrimination policies into the transportation and decision-making processes, MORPC and its community partners are working together to improve the quality of life and ensure a more prosperous and sustainable future for everyone in the Central Ohio region.