MORPC Hosts Forum Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why Promote Density in Central Ohio and How Can We Do It Right?Ã¢â‚¬Â on July 8
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will host a forum, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why Promote Density in Central Ohio and How Can We Do It Right?Ã¢â‚¬Â on Friday, July 8, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The featured speakers for the forum, Brian Williams from MORPC, Doug Moore from Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and Jamie Greene from ACP Visioning + Planning, will discuss how density can strengthen our communities, beautify our neighborhoods, increase transportation choices, save farmland and natural resources and reduce the tax burden.
Communities across Ohio are resistant to dense development, citing fear of added traffic, overcrowding and unattractive buildings. Yet some of the most desirable neighborhoods and cities in Ohio are well-designed, dense communities: Shaker Heights near Cleveland, German Village in Columbus and Clifton Heights in Cincinnati.
MORPCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recently released publication Dense by Design: A Compact Guide to Compact Development shows how urban density can make cities and towns more attractive, provide more cost-effective public services and prepare communities for the next generation of homebuyers. The 18-page, full-color guide uses photos to explain that well-designed density refers to the process of community design, not just the aesthetics of buildings. Good design takes into account:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Neighborhood feel
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Usability of outside spaces
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ How buildings are separated and conducted
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Sidewalk amenities
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Transportation options
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If cities are strong and desirable, people are less likely to seek new homes in rural subdivisions,Ã¢â‚¬Â states Brian Williams, MORPC Agriculture Specialist.
To RSVP your attendance to the forum or request a copy of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dense by DesignÃ¢â‚¬Â contact Brandi Whetstone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-233-4174.