Consultant Services, Planner Pool Pilot Programs Added to Complement Existing Programs
With Central Ohio communities on the brink of unprecedented growth, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is strengthening efforts to support its member communities. In response to these challenges, MORPC has introduced an innovative initiative, collectively referred to as Community-Based Planning Assistance, a suite of programs designed to empower member communities with the tools and resources needed to envision and plan for a sustainable future.
MORPC is adding a Consultant Services Program and a Planner Pool Program to the already existing Technical Assistance Program. Together, these programs complement MORPC’s existing range of assistance offerings, enabling a rapid response to the evolving needs of Central Ohio’s diverse communities.
The suite of services now offered under the Community-Based Planning Assistance includes:
Consultant Services Program – The Consultant Services Program streamlines the Requests for Proposal (RFP) process for MORPC member communities. The program does this by prequalifying consultants for long-range planning projects; drafting RFPs on behalf of the community’s project goals, interests, and budgets; creating a central repository for long-range planning RFPs; conducting initial reviews of proposal submissions; and facilitating final presentations of proposals for communities. The goal is to lower member communities’ burden – as well as the consultants’ – of engaging in long-range planning activities. In its first year, the program is focused on assisting with comprehensive planning and zoning code development and updates, an area considered a priority concern by MORPC member communities.
Planner Pool Program – The Planner Pool Program aims to provide communities with direct professional assistance to support local planning functions, such as discretionary and ministerial reviews, and miscellaneous short-term projects or research related to land use, development, sustainability, or transportation. The primary benefit to communities is to fill staffing gaps, add new expertise where needed, or create short-term relief for the member agency who may be overwhelmed with an influx of development, permit or other requests. MORPC expects to begin assistance through the Planner Pool Program in mid-fall of 2023.
Technical Assistance Program – The Technical Assistance Program (TA Program) is an existing program that aids eligible MORPC members with community-based planning services that advance regional goals and specific strategies identified in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The TA Program awards technical assistance services through a competitive application process. Only local governments and MORPC members within the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) area are eligible.
MORPC member communities can utilize the form under the Request for Assistance tab on the MORPC website to provide initial information about a particular project or need. By submitting this form, communities can initiate a dialogue with staff to discuss their specific needs and explore how MORPC can contribute to their planning efforts.
To learn more about MORPC’s Community-Based Planning Assistance Programs or to request assistance through one of the programs visit Community-Based Planning Assistance – MORPC.org