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.
The Regional Housing Strategy uncovered five core regional housing issues that included: increased competition for homes; barriers limiting access to homes; a limited supply of homes priced for low-income households; demand for more homes that serve a wider range of ages, abilities, and household sizes; and housing instability among Central Ohioans.
MORPC will be talking about this shortage and what can be done to address the situation in a new Speaker Series. The speaker series will include the following sessions, which will all take place between 11 AM and 12:30 PM:
- Session I. There’s Nothing Cookie-Cutter About These Homes | February 19
- Session II. In the Zone: Local Regulations for 21st-Century Communities | April 30
- Session III. A ZIP Code Shouldn’t Determine Outcomes, But It Does | June (Specific day TBD)
- Session IV. A Return to the 15-Minute City | August (Specific day TBD)
- Session V. Money May Not Solve Everything but it Certainly Helps | October 2021 (Specific day TBD)
- Session VI. So (Now) What? Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Get Moving! | December 2021 (Specific day TBD)
Online registration for the first session has been activated and can be accomplished here.