University Place Regional Growth Center University Place, Washington

After being designated a regional growth center by the Puget Sound Regional Council, the city of University Place aimed to develop a subarea plan for its town center and commercial core.

Establishing A City’s Subarea Plan as a Regional Growth Center

Regional centers are relatively small areas of compact development where housing, employment, shopping, and other activities are in close proximity. The University Place Growth Center is a 465-acre area that includes a mix of commercial, civic, single and multifamily residential, and light industrial uses. It will be divided into three districts—the Northeast Business District, the 27th Street Business District, and the Town Center District. Otak’s work involved community visioning, goal identification, policy and action strategy development, capital facility planning, architectural design, and conceptual plan drawing.

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Mandi Roberts


Director of Planning & Landscape Architecture