REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
City of Dublin, Ohio
Dublin Housing Study
The City of Dublin, Ohio is requesting proposals from firms to provide professional services to help
develop a localized housing strategy that includes possible investment and policy recommendations to
support: analysis of existing conditions, additional housing needs including various housing types and
price points, build out scenarios based on existing zoning regulations, potential zoning processes that
provide additional housing options, potential areas for future residential development, and community
and stakeholder engagement. The primary goal is to further the objectives of several regional housing
analyses including Insight 2050 and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Regional
Housing Strategy. Housing has also been discussed in more localized studies including the Historic
District Task Force recommendations and the Dublin 2035 Framework Plan. Following the completion of
the MORPC Regional Housing Strategy, Dublin’s City Council directed staff to conduct their own
assessment of housing variety and attainability within the City, as well as define strategies for
implementation and metrics to measure success.
The City of Dublin is in the northwest corner of the Regional Housing Strategy study area, outside of
Columbus, and plays a significant part in providing needed area jobs, services, and amenities; however,
most workers (over 25,000 net commuters based on 2020 data, TEConomy Partners) commute into
Dublin for their work activities each day. Dublin is known as a prime location for corporate headquarters,
universities, and technology firms, and the City would like to gain a better understanding about its
potential role in meeting the housing needs of the Central Ohio regional area.
The City of Dublin Planning Director is hereby requesting a proposal from multi-disciplined, professional
housing strategy/land planning consulting firms. The selected firm will provide the professional services
for this project in accordance with the attached Project Description and Scope of Services. For more
information about the City of Dublin proposers are encouraged to visit the City’s website at
http:/www.dublinohiousa.gov to learn about the City’s goals and objectives.
1.0 PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Dublin is known as a high-quality, single-family residential suburb with primarily large lots and an
abundance of parks and open space that includes 1,136 acres of undeveloped parkland, 60 developed
parks and 100 miles of bike paths. We are also known for corporate headquarters, research, and
technology companies. More recently, Dublin has integrated a more urban mix of residential
development, retail, restaurant, office, and services uses creating a unique “urban core” for the City
within the Bridge Street District. With 80 percent of future housing needs projected to be one and two
person households with no children, the Bridge Street District is targeted to fulfill this this future need.
The Bridge Street District provides one to three bedrooms including condominium units that focus on
empty nesters and young professionals.
Other areas of the City that provide varied housing options including the Historic District that provides
two-dwelling housing and live work units that typically appeal to young professionals. Housing more
suited for our aging residents include residential developments with housing dedicated to dense patio
homes that contain less square footage than a typical suburban house and have less maintenance
needs of outdoor space. We also have a unique residential care communities that provides a range of
housing types and associated care options that allow older adults to transition from independent living
units to a full care housing facility all within the same community. These housing projects have
assisted the City in providing additional housing options for our residents and we strive to continue
this objective through this Housing Study.
Continuing to explore housing with our community has been a strong desire of City Council. City Council
members have expressed interest in understanding these needs in greater detail, as well as various
other studies that have been adopted in the recent years. The Dublin Community Plan, adopted area
plans, and the beginnings of the Dublin 2035 Framework have identified the need and/or desire to have
a wider variety of housing to support a well-balanced city. This housing analysis will include all land
within the City of Dublin’s jurisdiction and extend a determined distance beyond City boundaries to
reflect on how surrounding communities assist in our housing needs especially as it relates to our
workforce housing needs. It will also analyze how the primary school boundaries are impacted by these
housing choices, including the City of Dublin and Hilliard School Districts. The City is requesting the
consultant help determine the extent of this area, based on initial research and data collection.
In terms of specific direction from City Council, a recent work session of City Council focused on the
topic of this City of Dublin Housing Study and the expectations moving forward. Council Members
discussed the following expectations:
Use an iterative process that includes providing data that assesses the needs of our community,
information regarding best practices, and a complete understanding of how to provide a variety of
housing types that benefits our community, supports our economic goals, and provides quality
development that our community requires.
Identify the demographics of current housing types provided in the city and who is at the greatest
need for additional housing types (empty nesters, young professionals, etc.);
Identify what affordable or attainable housing means for community;
Identify additional housing locations that provide for additional housing needs and continue to meet
our Economic Development goals;
Ensure all data is specific to our community and associated needs so that we may make informed
decisions on our future;
Identify common concerns of residents related to new residential development and potential
strategies to address these concerns;
Utilize available data and variables to help identify comprehensive policy strategies;
Analyze various types of land use development including residential, office, commercial, retail and
industrial uses and provide a cost/benefit analysis of how those uses impact our community as a
Provide an analysis that estimates a “saturation” point of residential development based on our
current zoning regulations and potential future land use recommendation including the Community
Plan and Special Area Plans;
Analyze how development standards affect attainable housing costs and how the need for
attainable housing is balanced with the community’s expectations for quality design;
Provide significant analysis of how residential and non-residential land uses impact our tax base;
Compile interactive data that compares different modeling scenarios and an evaluation of the results
of each scenario;
Identify best practices and trends for housing in successful communities around the nation;
Provide milestone check-ins with Council;
Provide expert testimony to City Council that can help our local officials understand the needs and
strategies emerging nationwide;
In the process of finalizing project scope, all of these comments should be addressed as well as
additional tasks to help provide the most comprehensive housing analysis and recommendations for the
City of Dublin.
2.0 SCOPE OF WORK
The City of Dublin Planning Division will act as the lead on the Dublin Housing Study on behalf of the
City and will be the primary contact and coordinate all responsibilities assigned to the City.
The scope of work includes the following:
A. Existing Conditions
Over the years, many studies have been conducted in the Central Ohio region and found the need for
housing will continue to grow in the next several decades and will include not only the need for more
housing but more housing diversity. Studies have concluded the Central Ohio region lacks sufficient
housing to meet the market demands of our growing population. The City of Dublin has actively
participated in these regional studies including Insight 2050 and the MORPC Regional Housing Study.
The City is interested in understanding the unique needs of Dublin and how the city can contribute to
the regional community. Please state if/how your team could support this work.
1. Review and synthesize (where necessary) prior studies of the all counties impacting the City of
Dublin, including Franklin County, Union County and Delaware County and all other applicable
studies within the area. Prior work includes, but is not limited to, studies by regional planning
commissions such as Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Logan, Union and Champaign
Regional Planning Commission, individual counties including Franklin County, Union County,
Delaware Counties, suburban communities such as the City of Marysville and Urbana, and other
non-profit organizations such as the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio and the Building
Industry Association of Central Ohio. This will be a high-level review, resulting in asummary report.
2. Identify data gaps necessary to develop recommendations. This may include an analysis of our
existing housing stock, type of housing needed, saturation of our housing market under current
zoning regulations, quality of housing stock, location of housing compared to employment; location
of housing compared to mobility options, identify potential areas for future residential development,
demographics of the most in need of housing, and other considerations for a local community.
3. Identify impediments to housing development, including permitting and zoning policy analysis as
well as interviews/focus groups with developers to better understand impediments to housing needs.
4. Review and analyze current availability of public and private dollars to assist with housing needs.
5. Compile a stand-alone report of existing conditions and projected needed housingby demographic
or cultural sectors of our population through the year 2050 (summarizing tasks A1 through A4).
B. Investment Strategies & Policies
With an informed understanding of existing conditions in housing stock and the housing market, the
City can take an inclusive and innovative approach to addressing any unmet needs. This task will explore
different and measurable ways to address the City’s housing needs. In some cases, best practices from
around the country may serve as replicable templates. In others, a new approach may be needed. This
task will identify locations where investment strategies and policies have been most effective and
summarize the steps to implementation. Alocal assessment will determine where opportunities may
exist to strengthen existing strategies. The City of Dublin will rely on the consultant team’s expertise for
1. Research national policy and practices to housing needs. This includes identifying up to five (5)
regions similar to the City of Dublin’s housing market and economy to study as a best practice and
preparing a summary of each.
2. Research local and regional strategies around funding and regulations that addresshousing needs,
either currently in place or under consideration. This would supplement any findings from task A2.
3. Identify innovative and scalable investment strategies that could help start to address housing needs
To help address our issues, the City of Dublin will require a comprehensive andmulti-pronged approach
to addressing the needs of our community. While new housing may be necessary to accommodate
growth, retrofitting and rehabilitating existing homes will be needed to serve current residents. In this
task, specific recommendations addressing policy and regulations, finance, and cooperation will be
proposed and prioritized with necessary steps to guide our community to meet the needs of the region.
These recommendations should align with other regional studies such as Insight 2050 and the MORPC
Regional Housing Strategy. The City of Dublin will rely heavily on consultant expertise for this task.
1. Develop a housing needs portfolio.
2. Develop recommendations for regulatory policies for local governments.
3. Develop housing priorities, including the development of new homes, rehabilitation of existing
properties, and maintenance and retrofitting of homes and areas for future growth, and regulatory
modifications that may assist in our housing needs. All of these recommendations will focus on the
which segments of our populations are impacted by the lack of housing and housing variety,
including millennial and the older adult population that may desire different types of housing lacking
in Dublin, various cultural populations that may desire a different type of housing, our workforce
population and other segments who may wish to reside in the City of Dublin but lack the options
necessary to do so.
D. Tracking Progress
Measurable indicators provide a quantifiable and objective approach to evaluation. The tasks outlined
will establish indicators, benchmark baseline conditions, and set targets for eachindicator to help the
track its progress toward its stated goal of fostering a housing market where every household can obtain
and/or maintain housing that meets their needs throughout their lifespan. The City of Dublin can lead
this effort and will work with your team to support this work.
E. Community Engagement
Public engagement is an essential part of the City of Dublin Housing Study and will be a significant part
of our objectives for the study. Providing multiple opportunities for public engagement, a range of
engagement strategies, one-on-one meeting with local officials and/or board and commissions, as well
as other stakeholders will be expected. The consultant team will be expected to facilitate key meetings
at the major milestones of the project, including a kick-off meeting, initials interviews, a mid-point check-
in and a final recommendations of the study. The City of Dublin will supplement meetings and/or
updates between milestone meetings with the support of the consultants.
F. Final Report
A visually appealing Final Report to summarize all findings and deliverables, along with an executive
summary that can be shared with non-technical audiences shall be provided. The consultant team will
lead this task with support and review by The City of Dublin.
3.0 PROPOSAL SUBMITTALS
The proposal must address the following items in the following order. Failure of the proposal torespond
to a specific requirement may be a basis for elimination from consideration during the comparative
evaluation. The City of Dublin reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.
Each consultant shall submit a formal proposal not to three bound copies or PDF format file and shall
contain the following sections:
Organization, Personnel, Experience & Project Management
a. Consultant’s Personnel Profile and Corporate Qualifications
b. Project Team Availability and Capacity
c. Project organization chart showing key personnel, their relationships and affiliations
Role of City of Dublin
Consultant’s Methodology/Work Plan
List and Description of Deliverables
Budget or Cost Proposal
A. Cover Letter
The cover letter shall be signed by a representative authorized to legally bind the firm, and include:
Name, telephone number, and e-mail address of a contact person with authority to answer
questions regarding the proposal (ideally the day-to-day project manager for this work).