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Projects correspond to insight2050 initiative

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has awarded technical assistance to the City of Hilliard, Jefferson Township, the City of Columbus, the City of Westerville, and Franklin County through its insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program).

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MORPC staff members will assist these communities in the planning of active transportation, sustainable land use and community development efforts related to the findings of the insight2050 Scenario Results Report, the focused growth principles identified in the insight2050 Corridor Concepts study and the goals of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

“Through insight2050, we know Central Ohio is growing quickly and experiencing demographic shifts that are impacting market demand. As our region prepares to accommodate even more growth, we have the opportunity to plan in a way that maximizes benefits for Central Ohio residents, local governments and the environment.”
Kerstin Carr, MORPC Director of Planning & Sustainability

The TA Program is funded through MORPC’s federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program dollars and provides MORPC staff assistance to local government members within the agency’s transportation planning area.

“With the TA Program, MORPC will provide staff assistance to its member communities with a focused growth approach that emphasizes multimodal mobility, economic development and sustainable land use.”
Tobi Otulana, MORPC Associate Planner

The five projects that have been awarded the assistance through a competitive application process are:

City of Hilliard – Cemetery Road Conceptual Development Framework Project

The City of Hilliard has identified Cemetery Road as an area with the potential to accommodate population growth predicted through insight2050. The city will receive technical assistance to develop a mixed-use, multimodal-friendly vision for potential infill and redevelopment sites along this strategic corridor.

Franklin County – Complete Streets Project

Franklin County recently passed a Complete Streets policy. The county will receive technical assistance to develop a Complete Streets toolkit that includes design guidelines and policy implementation guidance.

Jefferson Township – Blacklick Station Conceptual Development Framework Project

Jefferson Township is a rapidly growing community. To position the township to meet shifts in market demand, the township will receive technical assistance to develop the vision for a walkable, context-sensitive, mixed-use community meeting place in the Blacklick Station area.

City of Columbus – Speed Management and Traffic Calming Framework Project

This project is to develop a speed management framework to proactively identify, prioritize and equitably address speeding concerns throughout the city that impact quality of life, public health, traffic safety and mode choice for our growing region.

City of Westerville – Cleveland Avenue Corridor Project

Building on the principles identified through the insight2050 Corridor Concepts study, the City of Westerville will receive technical assistance to identify key development, transportation and technology priorities that can help the city move toward implementing high-capacity transit along the Cleveland Avenue corridor.

The tools, resources and documents developed through the TA Program will be replicable for other Central Ohio communities working toward the goals of insight2050. For more information about the insight2050 TA Program, visit getinsight2050.org.

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