MORPC Recognizes Communities Leading on Sustainability
Dublin, Gahanna, Genoa Township, Lockbourne and Upper Arlington Certified as Sustainable2050 Communities
(Columbus – Oct. 16, 2018) The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has certified five local governments as the first set of Sustainable2050 communities to achieve an elevated status for their actions to promote sustainability.
Sustainable2050 is a program that supports communities’ sustainability efforts through direct technical assistance, collaboration, and recognition. Each member’s tier status is determined by the number of eligible activities it carries out in five categories corresponding to MORPC’s Regional Sustainability Agenda.
“These communities are dedicated to improving the quality of life of their residents in sustainable ways, and that should be celebrated,” MORPC Planning & Environment Director Kerstin Carr said. “Through Sustainable2050, we are not only recognizing their commitment to sustainability, but ultimately assisting them, through access to resources, to do even more.”
Dublin, Gahanna, Genoa Township, Lockbourne, and Upper Arlington comprise the first five certified Sustainable2050 members, with each being designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status.
The City of Dublin completed 48 eligible activities across five categories, achieving the Platinum designation. Highlights from Dublin include:
- A commitment to energy through its efforts to increase the percentage of fleet vehicles using alternative fuels
- Efforts to minimize greenfield development through its innovative code and master plan for the Bridge Street District
- A Green Purchasing Policy in place since 1998 to increase economic opportunity
- The Dublin Bikeway Plan that was recognized as a tool the city uses to serve a higher number of residents and workers
The City of Gahanna completed 14 eligible activities in four categories, achieving the Silver designation. Highlights from Gahanna include:
- Collaboration with private partners to host public alternative fuel stations
- An innovative stormwater credit incentive that encourages implementation of green stormwater infrastructure and reduction of peak flow runoff
Genoa Township completed 16 eligible activities in four categories, achieving the Silver designation. Highlights from Genoa Township include:
- Spreading the word about air quality, and promoting behavior change among its staff on Air Quality Alert days
- A commitment to Sustainable Neighborhoods by prioritizing maintenance and improvements to its multipurpose trails such as the Genoa Trail, which is a Central Ohio Greenways route and part of the Ohio to Erie Trail.
The Village of Lockbourne completed 17 eligible activities in five categories, achieving the Silver designation. Highlights from Lockbourne include:
- Actively reaching out to the community with information and education for its residents on air quality via social media and its Village View newsletter
- Preserving sustainable neighborhoods by promoting available home weatherization services and programs to its residents
The City of Upper Arlington completed 43 eligible activities across five categories, achieving the Platinum designation. Highlights from Upper Arlington include:
- A commitment to reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled, in part through its Complete Streets policy. It is one of only a handful of Central Ohio communities to have officially adopted a policy; theirs has been in place since 2014.
- A zoning code and master plan that focus on infill opportunities, which help the city to minimize greenfield development
- Promoting the Green Spot program, helping to increase the number of businesses and homes that carry out their own sustainability practices
- A commitment to Sustainable Neighborhoods by prioritizing the number of people and jobs it serves through its bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The Upper Arlington bikeways continue to expand, removing bike and pedestrian network gaps within the community.
More than 30 local communities committed to work toward more sustainable practices through MORPC’s Sustainable2050 initiative, meaning more communities will be certified in the near future.
Additional information on the Sustainable2050 program can be found at morpc.org/sustainable2050.
Public Invited to Review draft Objectives and Targets for 2020-2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan
(Columbus, OH – Oct. 16) In order to determine future transportation needs, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is developing the 2020-2050 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The 2020-2050 MTP is for the MORPC transportation planning area, including Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County and Jerome Township in Union County. The MTP will include highway, pedestrian, bikeway, and public transportation facilities including improvements identified by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus). Federal funding may be sought in the future for projects included in the MTP. The MTP will consider effects upon low-income and minority residents and will include an air quality conformity analysis. The plan is for horizon year 2050.
In September, the following Goals were adopted and used as the foundation for drafting measureable objectives with targets to gauge the progress in achieving the goals of the MTP:
· Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote alternative fuel resources to increase affordability and resilience of regional energy supplies
· Protect natural resources and mitigate infrastructure vulnerabilities to maintain a healthy ecosystem and community
· Position Central Ohio to attract and retain economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally
· Create sustainable neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life
· Increase regional collaboration and employ innovative transportation solutions to maximize the return on public expenditures
· Use public investments to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of people
The following draft Objectives were developed that reflect tangible, measurable ways the goals of the MTP can be achieved. Short and long term targets were assigned to the objectives to help focus the transportation planning efforts. Progress on each objective will be tracked and reported annually. The draft objectives, benchmarks and targets can be viewed on our website at www.morpc.org/MTP2050 or a copy can be requested by calling 614-233-4157.
Goals – Through transportation:
Reduce per capita energy consumption and promote alternative fuel resources to increase affordability and resilience of regional energy supplies.
-Reduce percentage of commuters driving alone, and increase percentage of commuters riding transit, bicycle, or walking.
-Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita.
-Increase the percentage of vehicles using alternative fuels.
-Increase the number of alternative fuel stations.
Protect natural resources and mitigate infrastructure vulnerabilities to maintain a healthy ecosystem and community.
-Reduce emissions from mobile sources to continuously meet EPA air quality standards for each criteria pollutant.
-Decrease the locations of freeway and expressway facilities that are at risk for flooding.
Position central Ohio to attract and retain economic opportunity to prosper as a region and compete globally.
-Increase the average number of jobs reachable within 20 minutes via automobile and within 40 minutes via transit.
-Minimize the percentage of total vehicle miles traveled under congested conditions.
-Minimize the amount of extra, buffer, travel time necessary when planning expected trip travel time.
Create sustainable neighborhoods to improve residents’ quality of life.
-Encourage and support MORPC member communities to adopt complete streets policies or policies that contain those elements.
-Increase the amount of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
-Target infrastructure development to serve a higher number of people and jobs.
-Increase the number of bike/pedestrian miles traveled on COG trails annually.
Increase regional collaboration and employ innovative transportation solutions to maximize the return on public expenditures.
– Increase the percentage of funding from non-public sources on transportation projects on functionally classified Principal Arterials and above.
– Increase the number of projects utilizing innovative initiatives on functionally classified Principal Arterials and above.
– Increase the percentage of functionally classified Principal Arterials and above facilities employing coordinated Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies, and increase the percentage of all facilities that incorporate digital infrastructure.
– Increase the number of transit vehicles and facilities with surveillance capabilities and increase the miles of functionally classified Principal Arterials and above facilities with video surveillance.
-Encourage and support MORPC member communities to adopt Smart Streets policies or policies that contact those elements.
Use public investments to benefit the health, safety, and welfare of people.
– Minimize the difference in trip travel time for disadvantaged populations relative to the regional trip travel time.
– Maintain infrastructure in a state of good repair by minimizing the percentage of bridges and pavement in poor condition and maintaining transit fleet of a useful life.
– Reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from crashes.
Submit comments to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215, Attn: MTP, before 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2018 or by email to email@example.com.
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