Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeks Public Input On TRAC Projects Which Include US23

3 Jul , 2022  

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 (TRAC) of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

TRAC assists in developing a selection process for ODOT’s largest transportation project investments, funded through the Major New Capacity Program. These are projects that have a total project cost more than $12 million, add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of Ohio residents. The 2022 application period closed at the end of May, with six projects from the MORPC Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) region submitting applications for funding. Final funding decisions by TRAC are expected in December.

As part of the selection process, ODOT requests that MPOs like MORPC provide local input by prioritizing the applications for projects that fall within the agency’s transportation planning boundaries. This process includes analyzing each project with how it aligns with the region’s transportation and development goals as detailed in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The public is also invited to provide feedback on each application to better understand local perspectives.

Applications for projects located within MORPC’s metropolitan planning organization area include: More…

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Life in Delaware County

Air Quality Alert Issued For Thursday June 30 in Delaware County

29 Jun , 2022  

From MORPC:

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is issuing an Air Quality Alert for Thursday, June 30. The region – Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Thursday’s AQI is forecasted to be 101. This is the fourth Air Quality Alert issued for the region during the month of June.

The upper-level ridge of high pressure will remain over the region, reducing atmospheric mixing and pushing surface temperatures into the low-90s. These conditions will enhance ground-level ozone formation. Furthermore, light south-southwesterly winds will reduce dispersion and gradually bring additional pollutants into the area. As a result, AQI levels will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.

MORPC uses the national AQI scale to inform the public about daily ozone and particle pollution levels in Central Ohio. The AQI scale runs from 0-500 – the higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern. When levels reach above 100, air quality is considered to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and MORPC issues an Air Quality Alert to the public. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Air Quality Alert Issued For Today In Central Ohio

25 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has issued an Air Quality Alert for Saturday, June 25,. The region – Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Saturday’s AQI is forecasted to be 101.

Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the low-90s will enhance ozone formation. In addition, light south-southeasterly winds will reduce dispersion and transport pollutants into central Ohio. Thus, AQI levels will be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.

MORPC uses the national AQI scale to inform the public about daily ozone and particle pollution levels in Central Ohio. The AQI scale runs from 0-500 – the higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern. When levels reach above 100, air quality is considered to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups and MORPC issues an Air Quality Alert to the public. More…

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Business

MORPC Holds State Of The Region

18 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware from MORPC

Central Ohio’s top political, business, and civic leaders gathered at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) annual State of the Region event. The event held earlier today highlighted key community’s accomplishments, celebrated leaders across the region and focused on creating a path forward for the future. Held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, this was the first in-person State of the Region since 2019. The event brought many leaders, collaborators, and friends together for the first time in two years.

This year’s theme, From Possibility to Reality, showcased MORPC’s vision for the region’s future, highlighted the endless possibilities that could be, and the exciting realities that are fast approaching. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Grows Again

28 Feb , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) approved Madison County and The Village of Buckeye Lake as its newest members at a commission meeting earlier this month.

The MORPC board meets ten times per year to discuss important regional issues, guide the direction of MORPC’s work, network with local leaders to discuss common problems, create solutions to shared regional challenges, and provide input on funding decisions. Additional benefits of serving on MORPC’s board include grants and funding opportunities, educational forums, training and seminars, technical assistance and data, and policy development.

“We are delighted to have Madison County and The Village of Buckeye Lake joining us as member communities at MORPC,” said William Murdock, MORPC’s Executive Director. “MORPC membership is an invaluable resource for helping serve residents and businesses alike, and we look forward to the knowledge and guidance of our newest members as we work together make the region a better place for all.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Releases 2021 Report On Central Ohio Air Quality

16 Feb , 2022  

By MORPC, 1808Delaware

DELAWARE – The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has released its annual air quality report. The report provides a summary of air quality data from November 2020 to October 2021.

For the first time since air quality record-keeping began in 1980, no Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) Air Quality Index (AQI) days for ozone were observed during the ozone forecast season. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles and industry react in the presence of heat and sunlight and is the main ingredient in smog.

In July 2021, wildfire smoke transported into the Columbus area contributed to 10 Moderate AQI days for PM2.5. This represents the highest number of Moderate AQI days recorded in July for PM2.5 since 2015. PM2.5, or fine particle pollution, is made up of fine solid or liquid droplets that can get into the lungs and bloodstream. Sources include diesel trucks, power plants, and wood burning. More…

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Life in Delaware County

State Of The Region Date Announced

11 Feb , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

The 2022 State of the Region, hosted by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), will be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM on March 16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

State of the Region is one of Central Ohio’s most significant events of the year. At the 2022 State of the Region luncheon, the organization will highlight community accomplishments and showcase upcoming plans for leading the region into the future. State of the Region is attended by the region’s top political, business, and civic leaders at this year’s premier event. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Comments Sought On Regional Mobility Plan

18 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has announced that the 2022-2025 Regional Mobility Plan is now available for public review and comment.

The Regional Mobility Plan was developed with nine Central Ohio counties and identifies local transportation needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and those with low incomes. The plan will help to provide strategies for meeting those needs, as well as prioritize transportation services and projects for funding and implementation.

Coordinated plans are required by the Federal Transit Administration for counties to be eligible for funding under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program – Section 5310. MORPC is the designated recipient for Section 5310 funds coming to Delaware and Franklin counties. More…

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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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