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UMore Park

UMore Park: University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park


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The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is a 5,000-acre site owned by the University.

The vision for UMore Park is for a sustainable, modern, University-founded community of 20,000 to 30,000 people developed over 25 to 30 years. Differentiated by innovations in renewable energy, education, environmental quality, transit, technology, housing and other University mission strengths, the community at UMore Park would contribute to a vital regional economy characterized by thriving businesses, and educational, social and natural amenities.

The concept master plan for UMore Park, affirmed by the University's Board of Regents in December 2008, features:

  • 13,000 houses plus multi-family dwellings accommodating 20,000 to 30,000 residents
  • Neighborhoods blending mixed-use commercial and retail amenities
  • 1,000-acres of open space
  • Eco-industrial park to locate R&D-based companies
  • Office and wellness complex incorporating professional offices and health and wellness facilities

The University's plans for UMore Park are founded upon University Board of Regents guiding principles (62 KB PDF). The Board of Regents is actively engaged in discussions about the future of UMore Park. See a summary of Board of Regents actions related to UMore Park planning and development. 

View select publications on UMore Park's ongoing planning.

UMore Park is located in the center of Dakota County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The northern portion of the property lies within the City of Rosemount; the southern portion is within Empire Township. The Dakota County population is projected to grow from its current population of more than 371,000 to nearly 510,000 by 2030. The property is equidistant from the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and within 20 minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It is located on a major transportation corridor (Highway 52). Suburban development characterizes the area to the north and west of UMore Park, while low-density agricultural use and conservation land predominate the south and east.

Learn about the history of the property now known as UMore Park.