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04/02/2020

Residential Construction Continuing

By Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Posted Mar 31, 2020 at 4:58 AM Updated Mar 31, 2020 at 6:27 AM

The Building Industry Association of Ohio says work will keep going, as long as materials from overseas continue to arrive.

04/01/2020

Delaware City Council Approves Residential Project

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Mar 27, 2020 at 7:15 AM

Slow-moving Terra Alta development gets Delaware’s final nod

04/01/2020

Reynoldsburg Passes Zoning Code in Livestreamed Meeting

By KELLEY YOUMAN Posted Mar 30, 2020 at 4:35 PM Updated Mar 30, 2020 at 6:24 PM

Reynoldsburg City Council passes zoning code during livestreamed meeting

04/01/2020

Hilliard Council Meets on Facebook Live

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 30, 2020 at 4:35 PM Updated Mar 30, 2020 at 10:39 PM

Hilliard council adjusts to remote meetings because of coronavirus

04/01/2020

Canal Winchester, Groveport, Madison Township Using Technology to Meet

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 30, 2020 at 4:35 PM Updated Mar 30, 2020 at 7:05 PM

COVID-19 coronavirus response: Canal Winchester, Groveport seek ways to conduct public meetings

04/01/2020

20 Central Ohio Roadway Projects Funded

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 28, 2020 at 8:30 AM

OPWC awards nearly $30 million for 20 central Ohio roadway projects

03/25/2020

Delaware City Livestreams Council, Passes Emergency Powers

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Mar 19, 2020 at 9:39 AM Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM

In livestreamed meeting, Delaware preps for emergency

03/25/2020

Hilliard Livestreams Council

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 10:07 PM

Hilliard council tables three ordinances March 23

03/24/2020

Upper Arlington Council Has Livestream Option

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Upper Arlington’s April council meetings canceled for now; livestreams an option

03/24/2020

Violet Trustees Unsure About Rezoning Timing

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 2:05 PM Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 1:07 PM

Violet Township: Trustees say no date set for Rockford, Palmieri rezoning hearing

03/23/2020

Reynoldsburg Council to Get Proposed New Zoning Code

By KELLEY YOUMAN Posted Mar 19, 2020 at 6:23 PM Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 6:39 PM

Reynoldsburg Planning Commission OKs new zoning code; City Council gets final say

03/23/2020

Gahanna Grants Emergency Powers

By MARLA K. KUHLMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 23, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Mar 23, 2020 at 8:36 PM

03/22/2020

Clintonville Area Commission Elections Impacted

By ANDREW KING THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 19, 2020 at 5:19 PM Updated Mar 19, 2020 at 5:21 PM

COVID-19 scuttles Clintonville Area Commission hopefuls’ in-person option

03/17/2020

Hilliard council grants city manger emergency powers related to coronavirus pandemic

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 16, 2020 at 9:18 PM

The measure is related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has brought sweeping action statewide in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.

03/13/2020

Grove City Residential Plan Moves Forward

Westerville-based developer plans 211-unit residential development near Pinnacle Golf Club

03/12/2020

Orange Township to Consider JEDD for Evans Farm

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 9, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Mar 9, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Orange Township: JEDD could bolster Evans Farm’s town center

03/11/2020

Columbus Apartment Plan Being Revised

By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Posted Mar 5, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Developer revising plans for Olde Towne East apartment project

03/10/2020

Columbus Sewer Tunnel to Help Future Redevelopment

By OLIVIA MINNIER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 9, 2020 at 8:00 AM

New tunnel project might give northwest Columbus residents relief from sewer woes

03/09/2020

Hilliard Service Director Resigns

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 9, 2020 at 10:07 PM Updated Mar 9, 2020 at 10:38 PM

Albert Iosue resigns as Hilliard service director

03/09/2020

Reynoldsburg Main Street Changes Considered

Reynoldsburg council to vote on moving forward with East Main Street project

03/08/2020

Canal Winchester Selects Council President

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 2, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Mar 3, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Mike Walker elected Canal Winchester City Council president on split vote

03/07/2020

New Albany Rezoning Permits Medical Use

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 4, 2020 at 1:35 PM

Rezoning adds permitted medical uses to 95 acres at 161 and Beech in New Albany

03/06/2020

Grove City Working on Infrastructure Planning

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Mar 6, 2020 at 7:35 PM Updated Mar 9, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Grove City officials developing strategies for road projects

03/06/2020

Zoning restrictions threaten Easton’s plans to grow upward

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 27, 2020 at 4:10 PM

Easton Town Center is challenging zoning codes that could put a lid on its long-term plans

03/05/2020

First Minnesota ‘housing scorecard’ finds greatest housing shortage in decades

Written By: Bill Salisbury / St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 25th 2020 - 4pm.

The housing task force’s first goal was to make more affordable homes a priority.

03/04/2020

Pataskala Former Council Member on List of 8 Under Consideration as New Administrator

Craig McDonald, Newark AdvocatePublished 11:21 a.m. ET March 1, 2020

Pataskala to interview 8 candidates for city administrator post

03/03/2020

Columbus Downtown Reaches 10,000 Residents in 2020

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 27, 2020 at 2:56 PM Updated Feb 28, 2020 at 8:17 AM

More than $1 billion in residential development underway Downtown

02/27/2020

First Community Village in Upper Arlington hits 85% on presale for Fairfax complex

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 24, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 25, 2020 at 2:26 PM

The project will yield a 4-story, 143,622-square-foot complex and is expected to be completed by summer 2021

02/27/2020

Delaware County documents still unrecorded a year later

Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch

Marysville lawyer Tom Baldwin has worked as a title examiner in half of Ohio’s 88 counties since the early 1970s and said he has never heard of a similar problem

02/27/2020

Central Ohio Golf Courses and Housing

By Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch

Developing golf courses a tough sell

02/26/2020

Changes at Verizon in Hilliard could affect almost 500 employees

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 20, 2020 at 2:57 PM

Affected workers may apply for similar jobs elsewhere or other jobs at Verizon’s Hilliard facility, or they could apply to work from home

02/26/2020

Worthington Approves Senior Housing Rezoning

By GARY SEMAN JR. THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 19, 2020 at 5:38 PM Updated Feb 20, 2020 at 2:03 PM

UPDATED: Worthington City Council approves Stafford Village redevelopment

02/26/2020

Dublin Rezoning Delayed

ThisWeek Posted Feb 22, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Oak Park rezoning matter to be delayed; economic incentive pact, Tartan Ridge rezoning on Dublin council agenda

02/26/2020

Delaware City Surpasses 750 DU in 2019

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Feb 21, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Point work, growth dominate discussion in joint Delaware, schools meeting

02/24/2020

Buildings finally rising at Grandview Crossing

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 24, 2020 at 11:35 AM Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Developers have proposed building there since at least 2003 but were stymied by pollution, which has been removed

02/24/2020

Benjamin King feels welcome as Groveport’s new administrator

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 24, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 7:07 PM

King had been Pataskala’s city administrator since 2014

02/24/2020

Violet Township Rezoning Scheduled

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 24, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 7:15 PM

Rezoning for 269-house development in Violet Township is rescheduled

02/24/2020

A Luxury Apartment Rises in a Poor Neighborhood. What Happens Next?

The New York Times By Emily Badger Published Feb. 14, 2020 Updated Feb. 18, 2020

Economists say rents would fall. Neighbors fear rents would rise. New research tries to find the answer.

02/23/2020

Housing Affordability Chart Shows Market Realities That Builders Deal With

NAHB Feb. 13

Housing Affordability Crisis Explained in One Graph

02/22/2020

Solid Equity Report on Homeowner Status

Builder | Feb. 6, 2020

Just 3.5 million, or one in 16, mortgaged homes in the fourth quarter of 2019 were considered seriously underwater.

02/21/2020

Flipped: How gentrification is transforming a South Side street

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Posted Feb 23, 2020 at 4:29 AM Updated Feb 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Some streets have seen an invasion of contractors. More than 50 building or remodeling permits have been issued each on Linwood Avenue and Siebert and Whittier streets, and more than 80 each on Ohio and Wilson avenues

02/21/2020

Call to Curtail Single Family Zoning Requirements to Expand Density

Jake Wegmann | Published online: 06 Dec 2019

Death to Single-Family Zoning…and New Life to the Missing Middle

02/20/2020

Upper Arlington Proposal Includes Condos

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Feb 12, 2020 at 2:15 PM

Golden Bear developer hopes to strike TIF deal with Upper Arlington

02/19/2020

Affordable/Small House Design by Moody Nolan

Builder | By Symone Garvett

New home design by this Columbus company has received some national attention as a potential model for affordable single-family homes and might be particularly suited for smaller, in-fill lots.

02/19/2020

Upper Arlington 2019 Construction Exceeds $400

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 11, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Feb 12, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Upper Arlington enjoys record year of construction; project top $400M in 2019

02/19/2020

Developer sues Pataskala over proposed housing development

Craig McDonald, Newark AdvocatePublished 3:58 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2020

Southgate is seeking a declaration that the Development Standard Text has not expired and that its preliminary plan is not subject to the moratorium.

02/19/2020

Delaware City Finance Director from Marysville

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Feb 14, 2020 at 6:30 AM

Justin Nahvi, Delaware’s new finance director, sees ‘impact’ of position

02/19/2020

Olentangy Schools Get 94% Funds from Property Tax

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 17, 2020 at 2:05 PM Updated Feb 17, 2020 at 6:28 PM

Levy provides ‘bridge’ for Olentangy Schools students

02/19/2020

Violet Township Zoning Commission Hears Housing Proposal

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 15, 2020 at 11:28 AM

Violet Township Zoning Commission to review rezoning request for 269-home project

02/18/2020

Worthington Council Considers Rezoning

By GARY SEMAN JR. THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 14, 2020 at 5:54 PM Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Stafford Village rezoning on Worthington council’s Feb. 18 agenda

02/17/2020

Denison President Questions If Granville is Anti-Development

By Craig McDonald, Newark Advocate Posted Feb 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Is Granville anti-development? Denison president sparks debate

02/15/2020

Commercial/Multi-family Growth

DODGE Nicole Sullivan | AFFECT Public Relations & Social Media

Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts Accelerated in Top Metro Areas in 2019

02/15/2020

2020's housing market is coming in like a lion. Will it last?

HousingWire January 30, 2020, 1:56 pm By Julia Falcon

Homebuyers have come out of hibernation early

02/14/2020

New Albany Adding Sewer Lines

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 7:31 PM

City Council roundup: New Albany adding more sewer lines in business park

02/13/2020

Supreme Court Sides With Schools In Apartment Valuation Dispute

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 4, 2020 at 6:35 PM

02/12/2020

Clintonville Site Still Planned

By OLIVIA MINNIER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 6:42 PM

Details hazy, but Patrick J’s project still a go in Clintonville

02/12/2020

Canal Winchester Council Impacted by Ethics Opinion

ThisWeek

Ethics inquiry holds up pick for Canal Winchester council president

02/12/2020

Reynoldsburg Council Opposing Multi-family Option in Rezoning

ThisWeek By KELLEY YOUMAN Posted Feb 10, 2020 at 6:35 PM Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 7:48 PM

Apartments have no home on Reynoldsburg’s Waggoner Road

02/10/2020

The U.S. Housing Crisis Is Making Its Way to the Heartland

By Jordan Yadoo and Noah Buhayar January 31, 2020, 7:40 AM EST

U.S. expansion leaves many workers with few housing options

02/07/2020

U.S. renters are richer, older, and have larger households

By Patrick Sisson Jan 31, 2020, 6:00am EST

New Harvard report finds market appealing to well-heeled renters, and middle-income renters feeling the squeeze

02/06/2020

Will upzoning neighborhoods make homes more affordable?

By Diana Budds Jan 30, 2020, 1:00pm EST Illustration by Alyssa Nassner | Curbed

Cities and states across the country are proposing new upzoning laws to combat the housing crisis. Will they work?

02/05/2020

NW Columbus Habitat ReStore Opens

By OLIVIA MINNIER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Feb 3, 2020 at 5:35 PM

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio’s ReStore on Bethel Road has opened

01/30/2020

Our view: We must be prepared for growth in Licking County

The Advocate Editorial BoardPublished 11:27 a.m. ET Jan. 26, 2020

The question we must answer is how we handle that growth. As Johnstown Village Manager Jim Lenner tweeted: We can't control IF we grow. We can control HOW we grow.

01/29/2020

Site Selection Magazine Features Needs for Growth in Columbus Region

From Site Selection magazine, January 2020 by Aaron Renn

These 10 cities are ready for the big time. They just need to act like it (Yes, Columbus is on this list)

01/29/2020

Violet Township Selects New Development Officer

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 24, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Robin Duffee named Violet Township development manager

01/29/2020

Upper Arlington Gateway Ready to Break Ground

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 21, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 22, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Arlington Gateway expected to break ground in August

01/29/2020

Dublin, AEP, Residents Working On New Line

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM Updated Jan 28, 2020 at 1:09 PM

AEP agrees to shorter poles along most of route

01/29/2020

Dublin's Bridge Park Expansion Includes More Residential

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 28, 2020 at 12:05 PM

Preliminary plans for Dublin’s Bridge Park G Block laid out

01/29/2020

Delaware County Office Space Overall Progressing

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Jan 24, 2020 at 7:30 AM

Pair of overhauls precede office moves in Delaware County

01/29/2020

NW Columbus Apartments on Hold for Sewer Evaluation

By GARY SEMAN JR. THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 27, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 27, 2020 at 7:13 PM

Apartments on Old Henderson Road on hold while Columbus evaluates sewers

01/28/2020

Opportunity Zones in Use in Central Ohio

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Jan 22, 2020 at 3:40 PM Updated Jan 23, 2020 at 5:07 AM

Big central Ohio developers in line for opportunity zone tax breaks

01/27/2020

Powell offers top job to Andrew White, Huron city manager

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 24, 2020 at 3:46 PM Updated Jan 24, 2020 at 3:57 PM

Andrew White will be Powell’s first new city manager in more than two decades – if he accepts the city’s offer.

01/26/2020

Pickerington Council Leaders ID Focus

By NATE ELLIS THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 21, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 22, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Pickerington City Council leaders eye sidewalks, paving in 2020

01/25/2020

Legal case on Star City Inn site closes, opens door to change

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 27, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 27, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Grove City Property to be Redeveloped

01/22/2020

Unaffordable housing and slower job growth go hand in hand

MarketPlace Mitchell Hartman Jan 15, 2020

Low housing supply and high demand have pushed home prices higher. Workers’ incomes haven’t kept up.

01/22/2020

New Albany Residents Concerned with Commercial Rezoning

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 21, 2020 at 11:54 AM Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 6:25 PM

Rezoning proposal for New Albany microbrewery, food-truck-supplied restaurant moved to February

01/22/2020

New Albany Strategic Plan Wrapping Up

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 20, 2020 at 2:05 PM Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 2:24 PM

New Albany leaders expect to finish strategic-plan draft by spring

01/21/2020

Aqua Ohio Lowers Water Bills Due to Tax Cuts

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 14, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Aqua Ohio customers to see lower bills in 2020

01/19/2020

AEP Tranmission Line Routing Hearing in Dublin

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 17, 2020 at 3:27 PM

AEP transmission line route slated for Dublin City Council meeting Jan. 21

01/17/2020

Canal Winchester Park Plan Moves Forward

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 14, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 1:11 PM

State OKs $450K grant for Canal Winchester’s McGill Park

01/17/2020

Economist Sees Slow Growth, No Recession for Central Ohio

Story originally published in The Hannah Report on January 8, 2020. Copyright 2020 Hannah News Service, Inc.

LaFayette said the fundamental problem in Central Ohio that is slowing growth is workforce availability

01/16/2020

Dublin P&Z Considers Senior Housing

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 11, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Jan 11, 2020 at 5:04 PM

01/15/2020

Council hears US 23 corridor study

By Dillon Davis

Funding for the study came largely from Delaware County and the Delaware Finance Authority, which provided $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, to finance the project.

01/15/2020

Northland Provides MORPC Transportation Input

By GARY SEMAN JR. THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 13, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 7:28 PM

MORPC seeking input from Northland residents on transportation plan

01/15/2020

Dublin Plans for 2020

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 7, 2020 at 2:05 PM Updated Jan 7, 2020 at 3:48 PM

Dublin officials outline 2020 plans, bid Michael Keenan farewell

01/15/2020

Priority Projects for Orange Township

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 7, 2020 at 11:35 AM Updated Jan 7, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Road projects central to Orange Township’s 2020

01/15/2020

Grove City Demographics Part of Residential Considerations

By ALAN FROMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 13, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 7:22 PM

Demographic, plan numbers tell Grove City’s growth story

01/15/2020

Jefferson Township JEDD is Finalized

By MARLA K. KUHLMAN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jan 13, 2020 at 6:05 PM Updated Jan 13, 2020 at 6:43 PM

Whitehall’s vote affirms JEDD with Jefferson Township

01/15/2020

Columbus Proposing Utility

This ordinance could impact multi-family and commercial/industrial building owners who have buildings of at least 50,000 square feet, either in a single building, or aggregated among buildings on a single site.

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