Designing to 2050: Evolving Today’s Neighborhood Design to Meet Tomorrow’s Regional Demographics

From 1980 to 2010, Central Ohio experienced extraordinary population growth, primarily among those aged 35 – 54. Central Ohio’s communities became some of the fastest-growing in the nation as the region faced—and met—an exceptional demand for larger lot single family homes to accommodate this growth.

Projections for the next 30 years predict population growth similar to that of the past 30 years. However, the demographic makeup will be dramatically different: over 80% of new growth will be in households without children. What are the implications of these unprecedented demographics on Central Ohio’s built environment? This panel discussion will introduce insight2050, a collaborative initiative led by MORPC, ULI Columbus and Columbus 2020. The initiative helps Central Ohio communities, businesses, and development leaders evaluate and prepare for the impact of population growth and changing demographics. Through the lens of local example Westerville, the presentation will show how Central Ohio communities are working with the building and design industry to adopt policies that encourage a sustainable built environment. Even the most thoughtfully designed project can’t break ground without community buy-in, so the presentation will conclude with strategies for purposeful public engagement, highlighting successes from across Central Ohio. Together, the panelists will provide a winning strategy for evolving today’s neighborhood design to meet tomorrow’s regional demographics.

Speakers for the presentation include:

  • Kerstin Carr, Director, Planning & Environment, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Part of Kerstin’s work includes overseeing regional active transportation, safety,
and lifelong community planning activities. Kerstin joined MORPC in 2006 to advance the regional safety program and has since been involved in many different initiatives related to regional initiatives. Kerstin has over 13 years of experience in transportation and urban planning. She has a doctoral degree in geography from the University of Regensburg, Germany. Kerstin is a member of the Columbus
Transportation & Pedestrian Commission, the Transportation Research Board TDM Committee, and the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO) Board.

  • Kimberly Sharp, Deputy Director of Planning & Development, City of Westerville

Kimberly Sharp, AICP has served as Deputy Director of Planning & Development for the City of Westerville since 2013, acting as long range planning manager, administration of planning and code enforcement and coordinating internal and external teams. Kim comes from Flagstaff, Arizona, where she worked for eight years (2005-2013) in redevelopment, neighborhood planning and comprehensive planning, and coordinating with local, state, federal and tribal coalitions in large and small planning and policy issues. Kim was a project manager with Glave and Holmes Architects in Richmond, Virginia from 1999-2005, where she earned her Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and before that a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.

  • Jamie Greene, Principal, planning NEXT

Jamie is the founding Principal of Planning NEXT, a national community planning practice based in Columbus. His work is focused on developing and facilitating planning processes that enable communities—leaders and general citizens alike— to think creatively about quality of place choices, considering the strong connections among emotional attachment, physical environment and economic prosperity.

Planning NEXT has worked for several communities in central Ohio in addition to communities in 20+ states. Over the past seven years, Jamie’s firm has received top comprehensive planning awards in six different states: Pennsylvania, Hawaii, South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. In 2014 the firm had two projects recognized for National Excellence at the Annual Meeting of the American Planning Association, including Plan Cincinnati (Daniel Burnham Award for the top comprehensive plan).

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