The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is working with the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute and Columbus 2020 on a study of population growth through 2050.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is working with the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute and Columbus 2020 on a study of population growth through 2050.

Yaromir Steiner, founder of Steiner and Associates, the company that developed Easton Town Center, said the first phase of the study, which is called insight2050, would be introduced at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St.

People can register for the free presentation online at columbus. uli.org.

Steiner told New Albany City Council on Oct. 21 the insight2050 study would give communities the data they need to plan for the future.

"It's not a regional plan," Steiner said.

He said the study is more of a list of facts that local governments can use to plan for expected population growth.

"Conservative estimates show that central Ohio will gain one-half million people by the year 2050," said William Murdock, executive director of MORPC.

Steiner, who is chairman of the insight2050 steering committee, said Ohio is expected to add 600,000 people by that year with most living in central Ohio.

Murdock said central Ohio has added 500,000 people since 1980 and most are between the ages of 35 and 54. The next wave is expected to include residents ages 16 to 34 and older than 65, he said.

Steiner said that means the needs of the coming population would be different than those of the current population and existing land-use plans might not address all of them.

"Housing needs from the last 30 years are not at all like that of the next 30 years," Steiner said.

Murdock said future residents would prefer smaller units with high-level amenities and there is the potential to convert buildings not currently used for residences, such as offices, into dwellings.

He said the study also will show how the population growth would change household costs, land consumption, transportation, building and water use, greenhouse and gas emissions, public health care, building and energy use and the fiscal impact on local entities.

Insight2050 is being funded primarily by the partners: MORPC, Columbus 2020 and the Urban Land Institute. Other organizations also have contributed, according to MORPC's website.

The first phase cost $500,000, said Kerstin Carr, MORPC's director of planning and environment.

Thirty people from central Ohio serve on the insight2050 steering committee. They represent public and private groups.

Steiner said the steering committee's work could be continued into 2015 if there is interest from the groups involved.