March 4, 2011
MORPC Seeks Legal Counsel on Local Food Issues
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued a request for proposals from central Ohio law firms (including sole practitioners) to assist MORPC in reviewing Columbus city ordinances that affect the production of food in urban neighborhoods. The RFP arises from a grant of $865,000 that MORPC has received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a food plan for the Weinland Park neighborhood of Columbus. MORPC will select legal counsel to review the applicable Columbus ordinances and best practices from other cities, and to recommend changes that would facilitate the local production of food while preserving public health and safety and preventing nuisances.
The total reimbursement available for this work under the grant is $46,000. Proposals are due to MORPC by March 21, 2011. To receive a bid package, attorneys and law firms should send an email to Jerry Tinianow, Director of MORPC Center for Energy and Environment, at email@example.com.