Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeks Comments On New Regional Complete Streets Policy

9 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is currently seeking public comment and review of the draft version of its 2021 update to the Regional Complete Streets Policy.

“Complete streets” are roadways designed, implemented, operated, and maintained in an equitable and context-sensitive manner so that people of all ages, incomes, and abilities can use them safely. These streets consider the needs of those who are: walking, bicycling, using shared mobility devices and assistive devices, using transit and riding school buses, driving, and operating commercial and emergency vehicles.

“As a region, we strive to support the development of a safe and sustainable transportation system that ensures accessibility for everyone using it,” MORPC Assistant Director of Planning & Sustainability Stephen Patchan said. “Through the Complete Streets Policy – which is guided by MORPC members – local communities incorporate design elements that accommodate all roadway users in any MORPC federally funded projects.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Idea Advanced To Focus Columbus Development On Five Waterways

22 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s called the “Rapid5 Project,” and if implemented it could transform central Ohio in a major way.

The new initiative, an effort of MORPC and the Urban Land Institute in Columbus, was the focus of a presentation this week at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

And while the Rapid5 Project is centered on Franklin County, its supporting documents suggest that southern Delaware County will be very much impacted by its provisions, which concentrate on improving links between communities, greenways, and five key waterways, labeled Scioto, Olentangy, Alum Creek, Big Walnut, and Big Darby. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Amends Transportation Improvement Program To Reflect COTA Changes

6 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is amending the State Fiscal Year 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include changes to Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5307 Program of Projects.

FTA’s Program of Projects is a list of projects proposed by transit agencies or other recipients for Section 5307 funding.

“Funding for Central Ohio Transit Authority and Delaware County Transit are always included in the TIP, because they operate entirely within the MORPC transportation planning area,” said Nathaniel Vogt, MORPC Infrastructure Development Manager. More…

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Business

MORPC Receives Regional SolSmart Designation

30 Apr , 2021  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has been designated as a regional SolSmart community, having received the Silver designation. The agency is one of only a handful of regional organizations across the country to receive the designation.

SolSmart is a national program designed to recognize local governments for encouraging solar energy growth. Communities that pursue SolSmart designation receive no-cost technical assistance from a team of national solar experts.

In MORPC’s case, the agency can leverage the resources it has already made available to its member communities, such as the Central Ohio Solar Energy Toolkit for Local Governments, to encourage them to install solar energy systems. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeking Comments On Projects Including Big Walnut Road/I-71 Intersection

3 Apr , 2021  

1808Delaware, Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking comments on projects for which funding is being requested from the Transportation Review Advisory Council of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Those projects not only include several that would impact Delaware County residents’ commutes into and around Columbus, but also involve the proposed Big Walnut interchange on I-71 and the Route 23 Corridor Study.

The Big Walnut Interchange project will construct a new interchange on Interstate 71 at Big Walnut Road in Delaware County. The new interchange includes an additional lane on I-71 northbound from exit 121 to the proposed Exit 124 and local road improvements in the vicinity of the new interchange. The Delaware County Engineer’s Office is requesting $3 million for preliminary engineering in fiscal year 2025. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Public Health District And 16 Others To Receive Collaborative Achievement Award

23 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Congratulations to the Delaware Public Health District which, together with 16 other health departments in central Ohio, will be receiving the important William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award.

The announcement was made via social media on Monday by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

In making the announcement, MORPC shared, “We’re proud of our public health professionals for all they have done to keep our community healthy and informed throughout the pandemic.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Major Orange Road Project Proposed For Funding

3 Mar , 2021  

From MOPRC, Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission now has available a list of proposed, new transportation projects set to receive more than $77 million in federal funds during state fiscal years 2022 to 2027. MORPC is seeking public comment on the proposed projects through March 28, 2021.

“MORPC received more than $220 million in requests for funding of new transportation projects from throughout our transportation planning area,” said Thea Ewing, MORPC director of transportation & infrastructure development. “Our Attributable Funds Committee worked to identify the projects that would have the greatest regional impact despite the limited financial resources available.”

Included among new proposed funded items is construction of a 4-lane railroad grade separation on Orange Road under the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads. The total price tag for that project is $22,908,235, of which $7,366,590 would come from MORPC. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Virtual State Of The Region Registration Open

25 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will be holding its State of the Region event virtually this year, and will feature a keynote speaker on the topic of creating sustainable and economically successful cities.

This year’s event has a theme of “Our Future Envisioned,” and will highlight regional accomplishments as well as discuss plans for central Ohio as it moves into the future.

MORPC shares the following about keynote speaker Johnathan F.P. Rose: More…

Life in Delaware County

How Are You Breathing? MORPC Releases Central Ohio Air Quality Study

17 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

On Tuesday, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released its annual air quality report for Central Ohio, including Delaware County.

The report provides a summary of air quality data from November 2019 to October 2020. Findings from the 2019-2020 air quality season show low ozone levels during the shutdown in the spring, along with a typical number of high ozone pollution days in the summer.

“While we experienced more days that fell in the ‘good’ range of ozone pollution due to a rainy spring and a decrease in the number of cars and trucks on our roadways during the pandemic shutdown during the past year, we still experienced a hot summer, with two days of high ozone pollution – on par with the past five years,” said Brooke White, MORPC senior air quality specialist. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Where Will They Live? MORPC Series Focuses On Central Ohio’s Potential Housing Shortage

6 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Did you know that Delaware County’s population is projected to grow by 31,200 people by 2050?

The Regional Housing Strategy recently created by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) identified a critical need for additional housing to accommodate more Delaware Countians, as well as new residents in the region’s other counties.

The challenge is that Central Ohio has been building fewer homes than needed for at least the last ten years. In fact, between 2010 and 2018 there have been three new residents moving into the area for every new housing unit built. As there is an average of 2.5 residents per household, the area has been using a previous excess of units — but this will not be possible for much longer. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Amends Plan To Reflect COTA, Delaware County Transit Changes

5 Nov , 2020  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is amending the State Fiscal Year 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include changes to the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5307 Program of Projects.

FTA’s Program of Projects is a list of projects proposed by transit agencies or other recipients for Section 5307 funding, the Urbanized Area Formula Funding program, which provides funding to public transit systems in urbanized areas for public transportation capital, planning, job access and reverse commute projects, as well as operating expenses in certain circumstances.

“Funding for Central Ohio Transit Authority and Delaware County Transit are always included in the TIP, because they operate entirely within the MORPC transportation planning area,” said MORPC Infrastructure Development Manager Nathaniel Vogt. More…

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Life in Delaware County

2020 Summit On Sustainability Next Week

8 Oct , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The 2020 Summit On Sustainability, Central Ohio’s most recognized environmental conference, will be held virtually on October 15 and 16.

The event is hosted by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), which brings together community leaders to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions.

This year’s conference has a new look to maximize participant, speaker, and organizer safety. With a virtual format, MORPC has partnered with the Atlanta Regional Commission to provide the best speakers from and coverage about the Columbus and Atlanta metropolitan regions. More…

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