Jefferson Township will hold an informational meeting about the Mid-Ohio Planning Commission's Insight2050 plan and its future impact on Jefferson Township, Gahanna and the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

Local residents are welcome to attend the 90-minute meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the New Horizons Church, 2100 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road in Blacklick.

Claire Yoder, president of the Jefferson Township board of trustees, said she has met several times with Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland and school district Superintendent Steve Barrett to collaborate on what the future holds for the three entities.

"It soon became apparent our residents need to be involved in a dialogue about future population growth, economic development and meeting the educational needs of our children, while preserving the unique sense of community each entity brings to the table," Yoder said.

She said township leaders believe it's important for everyone to be proactive in meeting current and future challenges.

"This is an exciting time for all of us in the northeast quadrant of Franklin County," Yoder said. "It is personally exciting to me because of the collaboration among the three entities. Our discussions have been enlightening and afforded me the opportunity to have a more comprehensive picture of where we all are and share concerns about where we are going."

Barrett said he's looking forward to the collaborative meeting.

"MORPC helps communities plan for the growth they are experiencing," he said. "There are over 200 new homes in the pipeline to be built in Jefferson Township and another 374 that could be built in the near future. This will have an impact on our schools and planning for this growth is extremely important."

Jefferson Township development director Mike Anderson said MORPC planning and environment director Kerstin Carr and MORPC planner Amelia Costanzo are scheduled to attend the meeting.

He said the Insight2050 report will be presented, followed by discussion of implications or applications specific to Jefferson Township and Gahanna.

Insight2050 is a collaborative initiative, designed to help communities proactively plan for development and population growth over the next 30-plus years, according to the MORPC website.

The initiative produced a detailed report intended to enable local and regional policymakers, business leaders, developers and public stakeholders to evaluate how future land-use decisions will influence a community's quality of life.

A question-and-answer session is planned after the report.

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