Leo A Daly developed a comprehensive plan that included a land use plan, ecological control plan, and urban and landscape design. The design team incorporated such advanced concepts as mixed use, smart growth, and pedestrian-oriented communities, as well as the latest in sustainable technology such as green roofs, ecological water management, and light pollution control. The Leo A Daly design provided the city with an efficient transportation system, a feasible land use plan, and dynamic urban spaces.
Located in the center of Yantai urban districts, the east bank of the Outer Jia River is occupied mostly by manufacturing plants, warehouses, and farmland. A strategic plan to change the land use and make the area a tie between segregated urban areas is a top priority for the city government. Environmental conservation is equally important to the government, as the Jia River watershed is the largest river, reservoir, and wetland area in Yantai and home to several species of wild birds.