CALL TO ACTION !!!!
RDU Airport Land Use Planning
Call to Action! Help Umstead State Park from Bad Airport Ideas
Big thanks to all of you that attended the Public Workshop on October 11 and the RDU Airport Authority Board meetings on October 20. YOUR input and feedback IS making a difference, but we do have a long way to go.
At the October 20 meeting of the RDU Airport Authority Board we found it regrettable that the presentations at the committee and full Board meeting did not mention any specifics of the non-aviation land use plan that the Airport Authority Board approved as part of the "Preferred Alternative." For example, the Airport Board voted to move forward with the only land use specified for the lands between Old Reedy Creek Road and William B. Umstead State Park/Crabtree Creek as "Quarry/Industrial." We had worked hard to suggest specific changes that we were told would NOT have prevented the "Preferred Alternative" package to move forward for FAA approvals. On behalf of the thousands that responded on the public comments and/or signed a submitted petition on this issue, we believe that this extremely important land use issue should have been part of the public presentations and discussion at yesterday's Board meeting.
With that said, with one-one conversations with the RDU Airport staff and Airport Authority Board Members, we understand that there IS a strong willingness to continue to have constructive conversations and find 'Win-Win" solutions for the RDU Airport, Wake County Crabtree Lake Park, William B. Umstead State Park, and our community. We believe that for any effective land use master planning process, all viable alternatives need to be fully evaluated.
We look forward to continue to work with all the 4 local government owners of the RDU Airport, it staff, and its Board to fully evaluate and find better community land use solutions for the RDU Master Plan.
We are asking the Airport Authority ADD "Recreation" to the land use 'pods' south of Aviation Parkway and that the RDU Forest Trail Center concept be fully evaluated. Currently, the ONLY land use option specified for the area between Old Reedy Creek Road and William B. Umstead State Park is "Quarry/Industrial."
Help stop detrimental aspect of RDU Airport proposed plans to William B. Umstead State Park and its Surrounds.
The current "Preferred Alternative" proposes that all the forested lands between Old Reedy Creek Road and William B. Umstead State Park (including Lake Crabtree County Park) be developed into: a rock quarry, office park, paved areas, employee parking, overflow rental cars, and similar industrial and commercial development.
WE are offering a superior community vision that will assist the airport with revenue streams and enhance this corridor with a “RDU Forested Trail Center.” (and, YES, the FAA allows this use on airport property). And, yes, it would entail revenue streams for the airport via leases to brewery, bike rental, outdoor retail, conference/meeting space, hotel, parking, café, perhaps zip line, and more!
YOUR input is VERY IMPORTANT to show the tremendous public support for our vital community asset (natural forested trails)!!!
What YOU can do:
1. Submit your comments by clicking the “Comments” tab in the dark blue banner at the top of the following website: http://vision2040.rdu.com/workshop
2. Write an Editorial to the News and Observer. The more that are submitted, the more likely some will be printed. Click on this web site to submit our Letter to the Editor: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/submit-letter/
3. Talk to and email your airport board and local elected officials:
RDU Airport Authority Members:
Adirennne Cole: firstname.lastname@example.org
Farad Ali: fali@TheInstituteNC.org
Robert Teer: email@example.com
Larry Zucchino: firstname.lastname@example.org
RDU Airport President and CEO: email@example.com
Raleigh City Council members:
Sig Hutchinson: Sig.Hutchinson@wakegov.com
Jessica Holmes: Jessica.Holmes@wakegov.com
Matt Calabria: Matt.Calabria@wakegov.com
Caroline Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org
James West: email@example.com
Betty Lou Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
John D. Burns: John.Burns@wakegov.com
Durham County Commissioners:
Durham City Council Members:
4. Sign the Petition hosted by TORC to save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek Road: https://www.change.org/p/rdu-airport-authority-save-the-forested-lands-near-old-reedy-creek-within-rdu-s-project-area
Tell the airport that you:
1. OPPOSE a quarry built next to William B. Umstead State Park on environmental sensitive lands that drain into our Park and Crabtree Creek
2. SUPPORT a RDU Forest Trail Center that includes 50 MILES of single track/pedestrian trails. See our concept map: RDU Forest Trail Center Concept revised 9-20-16.pdf
Economics DO support the RDU Forest Trail Center Concept:
Public value to Forested Recreational areas:
Schabert et al., 1999. Ascribing value to ecological processes: an economic view of environmental change. Forest Ecology and Management. 114:329-338. (click here for pdf)
3. SUPPORT an extended, detailed community involvement in planning the land us on all RDU airport lands on the side near William B. Umstead State Park, including Lake Crabtree County Park and lands near Old Reedy Creek Road.
4. Oppose "Relocated" Commerce Blvd being built along William B. Umstead State Park's boarder!
PLEASE make your comments heard !!
More: Federal Guidelines and Land Deeds/agreements for airport lands at Lake Crabtree County Park and along Old Reedy Creek Park Road: