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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Delaware

What Should Be The Future For Downtown Delaware?

16 Apr , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Main Street Delaware, the City of Delaware, and Delaware County have joined to create a Strategic Action Plan for downtown Delaware.

The finished product will serve as a guide for the downtown area for the coming years. It is also an opportunity to bring together downtown stakeholders (property owners, business owners, professionals, residents), boosters, and city residents to create that vision.

The first step is actually yours! More…

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Delaware

Planning Commission To Review Delaware Together Plan

14 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Months of work have culminated in a draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Delaware to be considered before the City’s Planning Commission at a work session on Wednesday, March 17.

In February, Director of Planning & Community Development Dave Efland shared next steps relating to the Delaware Together Plan. He described the plan as a written expression of who and what Delaware wants to be as a community in the next 15 years. The goal of the process, Efland emphasized, is to align fiscal resources with planning.

Some 2,000 ideas were shared in the drafting process, he said, with the draft plan including 6 goals, 60 objectives, and over 230 separate action items. More…

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Delaware

City Seeking Input On Delaware Together Plan

26 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The planning work has been done, and now it’s time for citizens to provide input and comment as Delaware looks to its future.

At Monday evening’s meeting of Delaware City Council, Director of Planning & Community Development Dave Efland shared next steps relating to the Delaware Together Plan. He described the plan as a written expression of who and what Delaware wants to be as a community in the next 15 years. The goal of the process, Efland emphasized, is to align fiscal resources with planning.

Some 2,000 ideas were shared in the drafting process, he said, with the draft plan including 6 goals, 60 objectives, and over 230 separate action items. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

MORPC Grows With Addition Of New County, City Members

20 Aug , 2019  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which includes Delaware County and its cities, has expanded with the addition of one new county and one new city member.

MORPC, a regional council of 70 local governments and agencies in Central Ohio, serves the region through planning, direct service, public policy information, innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing. More…

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