NORMAN'S EMERGING RETAIL AREAS
Current growth patterns in Norman are leading to new commercial development in northwest and southeast Norman. As new neighborhoods are being built in both areas, retail options are quickly catching up.
Norman is rapidly growing to the north making the border with our neighbor to the north, Moore, OK, almost indistinguishable. This area a top destination for expanding retail and restaurant opportunities, as well as office, medical, and a new hotel. In addition to new homes and apartments in the area, HeyDay Entertainment and Andy Alligators Funpark attract families looking for adventure all year round. This area also is home to some of Norman’s largest employers such as the Norman Regional Healthplex and Johnson Controls.
SOUTHEAST NORMAN & STATE HIGHWAY 9
Dubbed the Technology Corridor, Highway 9 is the primary corridor running east-west on the south side of Norman. The intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 77 is the busiest intersection of this area with daily traffic counts at over 28,000 and 18,000 cars per day, respectively. In fact, the census block group to the southeast of this intersection (the Cedar Lane area) is the fastest growing area in Norman and second fastest in the OKC metro area, with a 2010-2014 population growth rate of 11.86%. Many new residential options, including several multifamily units, have been constructed (with more on the way) and retail development is quickly following suit.
This area is home to some of Norman’s largest employers including Hitachi, the US Postal Service NCED, AT&T and Astellas Technologies and is adjacent to the University of Oklahoma’s University Research Campus, which houses the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the National Weather Center, NOAA, and multiple private industry companies.
OTHER FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AREAS
With a growing population, the City of Norman recognizes the importance of planning for our community's future needs. The Planning Department at the City of Norman is in the process of developing a new comprehensive plan, called PlanNorman. The consultant group working on the Plan includes MIG, Freese and Nichols, EPS and IEM and a 50-member Steering Committee, appointed by City Council, to develop recommendations regarding the future vision of the City.