The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is looking for more input from Union County residents for its sweeping 12-county plan.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is looking for more input from Union County residents for its sweeping 12-county plan.

Entitled "Shaping our Future," MORPC intends to use the plan to steer programs relating to maintaining and enhancing the resources of central Ohio. MORPC hopes to finish the plan by 2012.

According to public information officer Bernice Cage, MORPC is collecting input to clarify plan goals and expected outcomes, and is traveling the region asking community leaders and the public what would make them proud to call central Ohio home. With a goal of collecting 10,000 responses to its online survey, MORPC has only collected about 5,000 so far. Ninety-two people have responded from Union County; the commission's target goal is 241 countians by the end of the month. MORPC plans to use the information gathered from its online survey to steer programs relating to reducing harmful emissions into the air, attracting and retaining business, promoting energy efficiency, supporting local food sources, encouraging sustainable development, promoting and supporting stable, livable neighborhoods, advancing a multi-modal transportation system, and maintaining and enhancing the surface and ground water resources of central Ohio.

"Central Ohio is connected by economics, transportation, natural resources, and industry," said Nancy Reger, MORPC's deputy director of transportation. "How many people do you know that live in one county and work in another? However, each county has different issues they are dealing with or they may have varied priorities. We want to make sure that the outcomes from this planning effort are comprehensive and relevant to people and decision makers throughout the central Ohio region." Areas included in the regional plan are Franklin, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, Union, Morrow, Marion, Knox, Ross and Fayette counties.

Reger said MORPC's online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, and can be accessed at http://regionalplan.questionpro.com. The survey will be online until the end of January. MORPC hopes to present the goals derived from its study in mid-2010.