Balanced Growth Planning is a community directed process facilitated by MORPC that provides those communities with the opportunity to prioritize areas for directed development, conservation, and continued or expanded agricultural use at the regional level. Volunteers work together to form watershed planning partnerships to create balanced growth plans that best serve the region, the watershed, and the communities in the watershed. MORPC has worked with local governments, concerned interests, and organizations starting in 2010 to develop plans for five Central Ohio watersheds.
The final balanced growth plans show priority conservation areas, priority development areas, and priority agricultural areas that have been designated by the watershed planning partnerships. The plan also includes an implementation toolbox with information about selected tools that can assist communities with implementing the plan. The final plan does not create any requirements or regulations for partnership communities, but it does include recommendations.