8/27/2015 - : On Thursday, August 27, 2015, EMH&T welcomed Yaromir Steiner, CEO of Steiner + Associates and William Murdock, Executive Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission at the company’s Columbus headquarters for a presentation and discussion of the insight2050 initiative.
insight2050 is a collaborative initiative among public and private partners designed to help Central Ohio’s communities proactively plan for development and population growth, which is expected to be 500,000 people and 300,000 new jobs over the next 30+ years. Due to the aging baby boomers and a generation of young adults who demand more complete, walkable communities this growth is expected to be dramatically different from what the region has experienced in the past.
MORPC, Columbus 2020, and the Urban Land Institute Columbus retained the services of Calthorpe Associates, one of the nation’s most experienced planning firms, to help develop objective analytics to assist local decision makers in evaluating and preparing for the impacts of Central Ohio’s future growth and development.
“We wanted to make the results of insight2050 available to our clients because the findings touch every aspect of what we do as a firm in service to our clients, both public and private,” said EMH&T President Sandy Doyle-Ahern. “The forward thinking nature of our firm tells us to take the future of Central Ohio seriously so we can be prepared to work with our clients to keep the quality of life in Central Ohio the very best it can be,” she added.
The first phase of insight2050 is complete. This regional analysis provided data for decision makers to understand the impact of future land use policies on specific factors influencing the region’s quality of life. This data has been used to develop four different scenarios, from which modeling of a complete range of metrics was developed. These models provide critical insights to public and private decision makers about the impacts of key polices, while also supporting conversations about the region’s future.
The event was attended by a variety of EMH&T clients from both the public and private realms. The intent of the gathering was to provide an educational experience for clients, who will need to respond to the anticipated growth and change expected throughout the region.
The insight2050 scenarios are aimed at thinking ahead to how Central Ohio will meet the needs and desires of a changing population demographic while keeping an eye on fiscal and environmental sustainability, the cost of living, and quality of life associated with development decisions.
For more information about insight2050 and to read the results report, please visit www.getinsight2050.org.
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