Subarea Planning

On December 10, 2014 the Puget Sound Regional Council designated an existing 465-acre commercial, multifamily and mixed use area within University Place a “Provisional Regional Growth Center”. In order to obtain a non-provisional designation as a Regional Growth Center, the City is required to adopt a subarea plan for the Regional Growth Center within two years of provisional designation.
Anticipating this requirement, the City Council identified the development of a subarea plan for the Regional Growth Center as a 2015-2016 City Council Goal. Further, Policy LU12B of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan update directs the City to develop and implement a subarea plan for the Regional Growth Center, focusing on three districts: the Town Center District, the 27th Street Business District and the Northeast Mixed Use District.

The development of these plans is a major activity for the City in 2016. These plans will be instrumental in shaping future development in the three identified districts. Information will be accessible on through this webpage as the process unfolds.


Ad Hoc Committee

On March 7, 2016 the City Council appointed 9 individuals to an Ad hoc Committee that will guide the development of plans to be applied to each of three separate districts.  The Ad Hoc Committee will meet at City Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and the meetings are open to the public. 

Agendas & Meetings


Community Meetings

The Subarea Plan will be developed with input from stakeholders and the community. As various open meetings are scheduled, the information will appear in this section. Public participation is an important part of this process. Check back often!



The Regional Growth Center wil be divided into three separate districts, and plans will be developed for each district. The districts have been identified as 27th Street, Town Center, and the Northeast Mixed Use District. As plans are developed for these districts, you will find that information in this section.



For further information on the subarea plan process, you may contact David Swindale, Planning and Development Services Director, at 253.460.2519 or