Insight2050 is not a plan. It is a tool that allows Central Ohio communities to gain a better understanding of demographic and other trends, and determine how to accommodate these changes. It does this with various scenarios – options that show the likely impact of accommodating a four-decade increase of a million new residents through the development patterns of the past; current planning models; adopting more-compact patterns; and focusing intently on compact development. It does so in terms of land consumption, transportation, fiscal impacts, public health costs, energy use, water use, greenhouse gases, and household costs.

MORPC, Columbus 2020, and ULI Columbus are now involved in the critical outreach phase of the insight2050 project – providing guidance and technical assistance as communities use the tool to develop their own plans. This takes many forms – community presentations, public information campaign, providing information and assistance to planners and engineers, and even an Insight Academy for community administrators, elected officials, appointed community board members, and others.