Transportation Planning Tools

Gay St., Downtown ColumbusWalk Score uses a validated methodology to measure how easily people can walk, bike, or bus to nearby amenities within a neighborhood. [Walk Score]

Ashmore subdivision, Powell OhioHousing & Transportation Affordability Index by the Center for Neighborhood Technology examines combined household housing and transportation costs to offer a comprehensive view of affordability. [Center for Neighborhood Technology]

tools-Active-Transportation-PlanActive Transportation Plan (ATP) identifies projects that include pedestrian, bicycle, and transit accommodations in Central Ohio and provides tools to assist communities within the footprint of MORPC’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan. [Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission]

tools-Bike-User-MapBike User Map published by MORPC identifies bike routes across the Columbus metro area for riders at every level. [Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission]

 ODOT Program Resource Guide features Transportation Infrastructure programs and funding opportunities. [Ohio Department of Transportation]

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Land Use / Development Tools

Bike Walk to School, Upper ArlingtonEPA School Siting Guidelines can help school districts, local education agencies (LEAs), and community members evaluate environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions. [Environmental Protection Agency]

New Albany, Compact Residential

Dense By Design is a guide to compact development, produced by MORPC in collaboration with planning and development leaders from Central Ohio. [Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission]

Visualizing Density, a toolkit by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, provides a variety of resources dedicated to displaying and providing context for various types of development. [Lincoln Institute of Land Policy]




Policies and Ordinances

 Central Ohio Local Plans Library maintains a database of plans, studies and guiding documents from Central Ohio communities and institutions. [Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission]

tools-complete-streetsComplete Streets information and toolkit designed to assist communities with planning, design, construction, and maintenance. [Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission]

Form-based code
: A form-based code is a land development regulation that uses physical form rather than separation of uses as the organizing principle for the code. [Form-Based Codes Institute]

Commercial-Overlay-Images-Page-03Commercial Overlays work in conjunction with underlying zoning districts to improve the character of commercial corridors, facilitate streetscape continuity, and encourage pedestrian-friendly development. The overlays address building and parking placement, landscaping, graphics, lighting, drive-thru uses, and other components of commercial (retail, restaurant, office and medical office) site development. [City of Columbus]

AARPAccessory Dwelling Units: State Act and Local Ordinance is intended to assist interested citizens, planners and government officials in evaluating potential changes to state and local laws to encourage the wider availability of ADUs. [AARP]

In-Law Suites  The Code of Ordinances of the City of Upper Arlington is an example of how communities can update their codes to support the growing number of multi-generational households. [City of Upper Arlington]

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Real Estate Development Tools

New Albany, Compact Residential

Housing in the Evolving American Suburb is a joint publication of the Urban Land Institute and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. A study of the Columbus metro area is anticipated in Summer 2017. [ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing]

NMHC is the primary resource for industry research, insight, analysis and expertise on apartment industry issues. Access everything NMHC researches, advocates and publishes here. [National Multifamily Housing Council]

Creative Finance for Smaller Communities. This publication highlights examples of urban and suburban leadership using innovative partnerships and financing. [Urban Land Institute]

Emerging Trends in Real Estate undertaken jointly by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, provides an outlook on real estate investment and development trends, real estate finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues throughout the United States and Canada. [PwC, Urban Land Institute]





 Columbus Urban and Regional Information Observatory, a service of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at the Ohio State University. CURIO is a real-time dashboard of various metrics in the greater Columbus area. [Center for Urban and Regional Analysis]

America’s Rental Housing The unprecedented growth in demand for rental housing is fueled by many factors, including demographics. Policymakers and developers alike are challenged to meet this demand with a variety of homes in a wide range of price points. [Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University]

Headship and Homeownership considers the rate at which the growing number of young adults and seniors are forming households and their effects on the real estate market. [Urban Institute]

The Demographics of Demand takes a closer look at housing trends over the next fifteen years and offers recommendations to meet the growing market demand for housing choices. [Mortgage Bankers Association]




Communication Tools

Presentation materials – If you are interested in talking about insight2050 with your constituents, we are pleased to provide the following presentation templates. We are also happy to provide speakers for your events and meetings. You are welcome to Request a Speaker here.

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