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RTA RDU AID task force recommends RDU "should revisit entire 2040 master plan given the reality of an adjacent, beloved state park"

01/17/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Regional Transportation Alliance RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (AID) Task Force released its preliminary findings on January 17, 2020. Their main point was to recommend a total revamp of RDU's land use plan - with appreciation to Umstead State Park!

Here are their Airport Land Use Recommendations

  • RDU property is a valuable resource that should be managed to generate revenue for the airport
  • RDU has the responsibility to leverage its property for compatible and complementary uses Create RDU Real Estate Master Plan with specific timelines, financial requirements; Hire master developer to review entire airport for strategic development opportunities
  • Consider creation of a new “terminal 3” – north of terminal 2, away from Umstead State Park Terminal 3 could be primarily focused on expanded international service offerings; Offer airlines opportunity to build, fund, and operate terminal 3 – and share in capacity risk
  • RDU could consider relocating crosswind (14-32) runway; evaluate compatible uses of that land
  • RDU could do a value engineering review of entire 2040 master plan to build regional goodwill
  • The situation surrounding RDU’s lands and adjacent Umstead Park has been a costly distraction RDU should revisit entire 2040 master plan given the reality of an adjacent, beloved state park
  •  RDU may not be a natural partner with Umstead, but it needs to become one – and vice versa Ask NC DNCR to authorize mountain biking in Umstead State Park at an appropriate location
Read the full report and the task force's recommendations here.

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