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Pataskala officials on development: 'Change is coming'; western part of county 'hot'

By Craig McDonald/ Newark Advocate

Significant development is coming Pataskala’s way and officials are positioning the far-west Licking County city to achieve the right balance of growth while not sacrificing the rural feel so valued by present residents.


Lancaster City Council examines rezoning ordinance to allow developers use of CRA and more housing

By: Barrett Lawlis / Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

The ordinance was introduced at the beginning of February. If approved, it would permit triplex homes, one building with three separate family units, within the community reinvestment area approved by council in June 2019.


Extension granted, project shown at Sunbury P&Z

By Gary Budzak/ Delaware Gazettte


Delaware County Treasurer steps down to accept position at Auditor’s office

Delaware County Treasurer Michael Ringle announced Thursday that he is leaving his post to accept the position of Delaware County chief deputy auditor of real estate and tax. The move is effective March 1. Ringle’s last day as treasurer will be Feb. 26.


Liberty Township trustees postpone development decision after six-hour meeting

By Dean Narciso/ Columbus Dispatch

Following a six-hour meeting, Liberty Township trustees voted Tuesday night to postpone voting on a controversial land develop that many say will shape the future of the area, including the neighboring city of Powell.


Columbus-area home construction jumps in 2020, but not enough to meet demand

By Jim Weiker / The Columbus Dispatch

Central Ohio contractors built more homes last year than any year since 2006, but the effort wasn't enough to overcome a critical housing shortage.


Sunbury Wastewater Treatment Plant to undergo improvements

By Gary Budzak/ Delaware Gazettte

ans and improvements are coming to the village’s Wastewater Treatment Plant at 127 Middleview Drive. Council recently gave permission for CT Consultants to pursue a facilities plan for the wastewater treatment plant. The plan, to be submitted to the Ohio EPA, outlines service for the next 20 years.


A historic housing crisis has America in its grip. Can Ohio's Marcia Fudge save the day?

By: Deborah Barfield Berry Romina Ruiz-Goiriena / USA TODAY

If confirmed, Fudge would become the second Black woman to serve in the post and one of the most powerful government leaders in the nation, heading an agency facing the worst housing crisis since the Great Depression while cities wrestle with economies devastated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Development planned at former Westinghouse site on West Main Street in Newark

By Kent Mallet / Newark Advocate

The former Westinghouse and Mid-State Warehouse property on West Main Street, in Newark, a site with little activity and little change in more than 30 years, finally has a plan for building demolition and redevelopment.


Big Walnut Road rezoning approved

By Gary Budzak/ Delaware Gazettte

The Genoa Township Board of Trustees recently approved the rezoning of 21 acres of land at the southeast corner of the intersection of Big Walnut and Worthington roads.


M/I Homes CEO Bob Schottenstein: Millennials are driving the housing market right now

By Tristan Navera/ Columbus Business First

Millennials are driving the housing market rebound during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that's a good sign for the health of the business, said Bob Schottenstein, CEO of M/I Homes. M/I Homes broke just about every record it could in 2020 – nearly doubling its net income – posting a record $3 billion in revenue and delivering 7,709 homes with a backlog of 4,389 homes in development.


Columbus Tops List of Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US

By Sarah Kuta /

Millions of newly remote workers are pondering a move. If you're one of them, these cities have everything you need to thrive.


Proposed development at odds with Liberty Township guidelines

By Dean Narciso/ Columbus Dispatch

When it officially opened in November 2016, the Sawmill Parkway extension was hailed as a major win for developers looking to churn out new homes and officials seeking new business growth to help pay for roads and schools without raising taxes.


Licking County housing market: Low inventory + high demand = soaring sale prices

By Kent Mallet / Newark Advocate

The average Licking County home sale price increased 12% in 2020 and a similar increase is expected in 2021. The average sale price in the county increased 40% in four years and 81% in nine years.


Jeff Edwards is shaping the future of Downtown amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By Jim Weiker / The Columbus Dispatch

Late last year, in a former bank lobby that his firm meticulously restored, Columbus developer Jeff Edwards studied a map of Downtown Columbus and saw a changed city.


Work begins on Upper Arlington's tallest development

By Jim Weiker / The Columbus Dispatch

Work began this week on Arlington Gateway, the $100 million Upper Arlington project that's been five years in the making.


New Group Formed to Take On NIMBYs

By Brent Warren/ Columbus Underground

A new group has formed to advocate for more housing in urban Columbus. The founders of the organization, called Neighbors for More Neighbors Columbus, are hoping to push back against the Not-In-My-Backyard arguments that tend to dominate most discussions of new development in the city’s established neighborhoods.


Delaware County ranks among America's fastest-growing exurbs

By Tristan Navera/ Columbus Business First

Relocation firm CapRelo named Delaware County one of the 10 fastest-growing exurbs, based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Communities Project and The Brookings Institution.


Experts predict what the 2021 housing market will bring

By Kathy Orton/ Washington Post

Many experts are predicting another strong housing market in 2021. They are forecasting increased demand from buyers who delayed purchasing homes because of the pandemic, from existing homeowners who need larger spaces to accommodate parents working from home and children attending school virtually and from condo owners who are seeking to escape multifamily buildings for single-family houses to mitigate exposure to the virus. The ability to tour homes and close on purchases virtually will make buying a home simpler in 2021.


Central Ohio’s Housing Shortage

By TC Brown/ Columbus Monthly

Central Ohio’s real estate market has more buyers than existing homes, so why aren’t builders just building more houses to fill the demand?


Carfagna elected asst. majority floor leader

tate Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) was sworn into the 134th General Assembly of the Ohio House of Representatives during Monday’s House session. He was also unanimously elected as assistant majority floor leader for the two-year period. “I am truly honored to be able to serve the residents in Delaware and Knox counties for another two years,” said Carfagna. “I look forward to expanding my leadership capacities as assistant majority floor leader. I promise to keep working efficiently and transparently on behalf of my constituents.”


Powell considering tax changes

By Dillon Davis/ Delaware Gazette

Past attempts to increase the city’s tax rate have not fared well in the city of Powell, but a special ballot on May 4 could once again include a proposed increase to the local income tax. However, the city’s most recent attempt to generate more money would also feature a critical component that has often turned voters off to the idea with past ballot measures.


Columbus gains population, Ohio loses overall per survey

By Mark Somerson / Columbus Business First (Subscription may be required)

The Columbus metropolitan area gained 18,077 new residents in 2019, growing to 2,122,271 people, which equates to just under 50 people a day. Columbus remains the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the nation, and by numeric growth, is the 25th-fastest-growing metro in the nation, with 0.9% population growth.


COVID couldn't curb west Licking County development boom

By Craig McDonald/ Newark Advocate

When it came to pitching major new residential and commercial projects, prospective developers continued to “go west” within Licking County in 2020.


Carfagna announces capital projects funding

State Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) announced Tuesday state lawmakers have passed Ohio’s proposed two-year state capital budget. It includes funding for a variety of initiatives across the state and aids local projects across the 68th House District.


Delaware County Commissioners sign off on 2021 budget

The budget includes the resumption of work on the Byxbe Campus, a one-stop facility at the site of the Delaware Area Career Center’s former north campus for the county’s engineering and development offices, as well as administrative headquarters for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.


Development proposed for US 23 corridor

By Gary Budzak / Delaware Gazette

“The development proposed includes town homes and multi-family residential units to be known as the Orange Grand Estates at Slate Ridge,” states the announcement on the township’s Facebook page, which was also published in The Gazette.


Modular Construction Meets Changing Needs in the Pandemic

By Aili McConnon/ New York Times (Subscription may be required)

The process of creating prefabricated units that can be quickly assembled has shifted as developers turn to medical buildings, affordable housing, data centers and even a Chick-fil-A restaurant.


Fewer Homes for Sale Across the Country

By Michael Kolomatsky/ New York Times (Subscription may be required)

Inventory is down across the country, throwing the housing market ‘out of whack.’ Here are the metro areas with the greatest changes in listing supply.


Marble Cliff mansion redevelopment boosted by tax credits

By: Jim Weiker / The Columbus Dispatch

The Marble Cliff Gateway Mansion has been approved for state historic tax credits, allowing the 112-year-old landmark on W. 5th Avenue to be redeveloped.


Granville officials shaping opposition strategy to proposed Newark development

By: Craig McDonald / Newark Advocate

Granville officials are closing ranks and shaping strategies in the wake of an announcement that a developer is proposing hundreds of new homes in Newark on property also within the Granville School District.


Business park’s overlay approved

The Berlin Township Board of Trustees recently approved plans for the western overlay of the Berlin Business Park.


Columbus State, housing developer to buy two surplus Columbus school buildings

By: Alissa Widman Neese / The Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of two surplus buildings Tuesday night, which will generate about $3.67 million in total revenue for the school district.


CFPB Issues Final Qualified Mortgage Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued two final rules related to qualified mortgage (QM) loans. The General QM Final Rule replaces the current requirement for General QM loans that the consumer’s debt-to-income ratio (DTI) not exceed 43%, with a limit based on the loan’s pricing. The second rule creates a new category for QMs, Seasoned QMs.


OHBA Legislative Update

By: Vince Squillace (OHBA EO)

Lunacy is about as nice as we can put it. As you may know, a lame duck session is when the “lame ducks” return to session after the general election. Perhaps, events are even a bit crazier this year. The covid-19 situation has spawned a few crazy legislative introductions and actions, not to mention the filing articles of impeachment against the Governor by members of his own party.


Taylor steps down as Ostrander mayor

By Dillon Davis/ Delaware Gazette

The village of Ostrander is now under new guidance following the resignation of Robert Taylor, who stepped down from his position as mayor earlier this month. Taylor served in the role for 21 months before ultimately deciding it was time to refocus his attention on his family.


OHBA Monthly Column

By Vince Squillace (OHBA)

Hopefully all the good wishes extended on Thanksgiving Day will bring a less complex 2021. The challenges have been significant on many levels. Our entire federation has been doing its part. We have all tried to be good stewards in these troubled times.


U.S. Multifamily Starts Fall 16% in September


Soaring lumber prices have helped constrain multifamily development, according to a new report on the housing market by Marcus & Millichap.


New home sales dip slightly in September, but remain strong going into fall

MarketWatch Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. ET

The market for new homes typically cools in the fall, but sales are still running well ahead of last year’s pace


Home prices in Columbus area take a 16.5% leap

Jim Weiker Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORK

Home buyers paid $34,000 more than they paid in September for a Columbus-area home


U.S. Housing Starts Increase Amid Shift to Single-Family Homes

Bloomberg By Jarrell Dillard October 20, 2020, 8:35 AM EDT

Building permits were issued at fastest pace since 2007


Dublin Limits Property Owners Short-term Rentals

ThisWeek group Sarah Sole

Dublin City Council restricts short-term rentals to twice a year


Hilliard Data Center Site Agreement

A. Kevin Corvo ThisWeek group

City, school board agree to purchase option for likely data-center site


Reynoldsburg Apartment Properties Have New Maintenance Requirements

Kelley Youman ThisWeek

Reynoldsburg: City Council approves new property-maintenance rules


Median Lot Size Declines to Record Low

NAHB Eye on Housing

The median lot size for homes sold in 2019 dropped to 8,177 square feet, or 0.188 of an acre.


Columbus Affordable Rental Project Planned

By Tristan Navera – Columbus Business First Oct 4, 2020

Indianapolis developer Herman & Kittle proposes 284-unit apartment project in south Columbus


New Projects Announced Around County

By Tristan Navera – Staff reporter, Columbus Business First Oct 6, 2020, 10:39am EDT

Crane Watch: New Central Ohio development hotspots emerged in September


Housing Starts Gain Ground in July

By; Robert Dietz, NAHB Chief Economist (Eye on Housing)

Single-family housing permits and starts expanded in July as housing demand and construction remains a bright spot for the overall economy.


North Road project moves forward

By Dillon Davis - Delaware Gazette (August 14, 2020)

Plans are moving forward that will see North Road extended north from Shanahan Road to Peachblow Road.


Downtown Housing Projects Updated

By Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted Aug 9, 2020 at 5:20 AM Updated Aug 9, 2020 at 11:56 AM

Downtown adds apartments, other projects despite coronavirus


Dublin Riverside Plaza Construction Continue

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 5:05 PM

East plaza of Dublin’s Riverside Crossing Park could be finished next year


Reynoldsburg Considering TIF with Subdivision

By KELLEY YOUMAN Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Reynoldsburg City Council eyes TIF for M/I project on Waggoner Road


Jerome Township To Again Seek Fire Levy

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Aug 7, 2020 at 5:17 PM Updated Aug 7, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Jerome Township will ask again for fire levy on November ballot



Builder By Ali Wolf

Despite overall economic uncertainty, here's why housing appears to be getting stronger.


Jobsite Safety and Recordkeeping Guidance for Coronavirus


NAHB is a leading member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC)


Central Ohio Jobless Rates Improve and Lead the State

By Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch Posted Jun 23, 2020 at 8:41 PM Updated Jun 24, 2020 at 7:13 AM

Jobless rates fall in Ohio metro areas in May


Delaware County Promotes Rte 23 Corridor

By Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Posted Jun 10, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Jun 12, 2020 at 9:56 AM

Delaware County rolls out ‘DC23’ branding for corridor


Hilliard Council Approves Alton Place

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jun 9, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Jun 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Hilliard City Council approves rezoning, developer’s agreement for Alton Place


Hilliard City Council approves rezoning, developer’s agreement for Alton Place

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jun 9, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 8:18 AM

The vote came after a more than three-hour discussion


New Albany Approves Residential Annexation

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Jun 2, 2020 at 7:23 PM Updated Jun 2, 2020 at 7:40 PM

New Albany City Council approves 63.5-acre annexation for housing development


Delaware City Wrestles w/ Small Business Loan Program

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted May 29, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Some Delaware leaders favor homegrown loan program over county’s version


New Albany council mulls 63.5-acre annexation for housing development

By SARAH SOLE THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted May 19, 2020 at 7:12 PM Updated May 20, 2020 at 2:20 PM

A residential developer wants to build an empty-nester housing development on land at Central College Road and Jug Street


Columbus approves first four buildings for massive Scioto Peninsula project

By Jim Weiker The Columbus Dispatch Posted May 26, 2020 at 10:05 AM Updated at 8:46 AM


Hilliard commission approves apartment complex on Riggins Road

By KEVIN CORVO THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted May 26, 2020 at 12:01 AM Updated May 26, 2020 at 2:32 PM

The complex includes a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and 10 detached garages


Will NE Ohio Consider Government Consolidations in Response to Financial Pressures? Posted May 04, 2020

Economic woes spawned by coronavirus crisis resurrecting talk of mergers, regional cooperation


Groveport Purchases Property for Development

By SCOTT GERFEN THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted May 4, 2020 at 5:05 PM Updated May 5, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Officials hope site purchase will attract development to Groveport


Delaware County Details Small Business Support Programs

By PAUL COMSTOCK Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 3:20 PM Updated Apr 22, 2020 at 3:25 PM

Cash earmarked for Delaware County small businesses, individuals


Berkshire Township hires Vaughn as new administrator

Delaware Gazette By Gary Budzak

Vaughn said he was most recently the administrator for Clinton Township



Builder April 06, 2020

Real estate agents are finding new ways to get the job done.


Liberty Township Trustees Files Lawsuit in Aftermath of EMS Issues

Delaware Gazette April 9, 2020 By Glenn Battishill

Gemperline files lawsuit against petition organizers


Tax-sharing deal for Evans Farm gets nod from Orange, Concord townships

By JIM FISCHER THISWEEKNEWS.COM Posted Apr 6, 2020 at 5:35 PM Updated Apr 7, 2020 at 2:03 PM

Orange Township trustees unanimously approved the creation of the tax district at its March 16 meeting.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Columbus Sewer Tunnel to Help Future Redevelopment


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


Reynoldsburg Main Street Changes Considered

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


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


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

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