Thurston Regional Planning Council

Regional Commercial Market Study

As part of three-year process to develop a Thurston County Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, BERK worked with the TRPC on a regional commercial market study. The TRPC and regional policy makers are wrestling with a disconnect between adopted plans for future growth and the way growth in the region actually occurs. Much of the county’s recent growth has occurred in rural areas with less than expected growth occurring in urban activity centers and corridors.

The Study analyzed market conditions in Thurston County and identified drivers and constraints that are causing the observed patterns of commercial development. It also assessed the ways in which the public sector can encourage desired concentrations of development in urban centers and corridors. The Study will assist the TRPC in developing reasonable future development scenarios.