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Triangle Off Road Cyclists (TORC) Message Board Triangle Off Road Cycling (TORC) Discussion Forum › TORC's official position and statement regarding LCCP and the surrounding OR

TORC's official position and statement regarding LCCP and the surrounding ORC green space

David H.
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Group Organizer
Chapel Hill, NC
TORC's official position and statement regarding LCCP and the surrounding ORC green space:

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) (www.torc-nc.org) is a 501-(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring the future of mountain biking in the Triangle area.  At the June 28th Public Workshop #7 the Airport’s land use plan was unveiled.  This plan slates several naturally forested areas for commercial development and this development would result in the destruction of irreplaceable, centrally-located forested recreation areas and trails.  The forested areas marked for development include land directly adjacent to Umstead State Park and much of the land within Lake Crabtree County Park, the most heavily used park in the Wake County Park system.  These lands have approximately 32 miles of existing recreational trails built by local residents and are used by mountain bikers, walkers, and runners…both adults and children…groups and individuals.  Some of the trails in this forested green space offer beginner/kid-friendly mountain biking and thus foster family outdoor recreation.  Also, these trails are connected to the greenway systems of both Raleigh and Cary.

In addition to the loss of forested recreation space, development of these lands would remove an important green space buffer between the airport facilities and the very popular Umstead State Park and could negatively affect the hundreds of acres within the Crabtree Creek watershed.

The Airport’s master planning process revealed that none of these lands are required for runways, terminals, parking, or any other facility directly related to passengers or aircraft at the RDU facility.  The planners propose to use these lands for the sole purpose of generating revenue for the airport by leasing these lands out to developers to build office space, hotels, and a quarry.  For all of these revenue-generating items, alternatives are available, so the destruction of forested recreation space and forested green space buffer to Umstead need not occur.

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists urges the preservation of all the existing forested lands, trails, and green space within the Airport Authority’s project area which is located to the South and East of National Guard Drive and Aviation Parkway.  We further suggest that the Airport work with surrounding municipalities to investigate the creation of an Urban Trails Center within this property.  This Urban Trails Center would create business opportunities for new and existing hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, bars, bike shops, and recreation outfitters.

The proximity of this forested recreation space to the urban area only increases property values and positively affects the quality of life in the Triangle region.  This benefits not only existing residents, but also helps to attract future businesses and employees.  The Triangle region should look at the work which has taken place in Richmond, VA, and Chattanooga, TN to preserve trails close to population centers.  Triangle Off-Road Cyclists strongly believe that the benefits from an Urban Trail Center to the community far outweigh any benefits to the community which might be realized by creating a few new offices, a hotel, and a quarry.  Triangle Off-Road Cyclists recognize that RDU Airport is important to our area and has funding challenges it must overcome, however, we believe an Urban Trail Center is a far better solution to the community than the land uses proposed by the Airport’s plan.  By working with the surrounding municipalities, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists firmly believe that we can craft a solution that not only brings necessary revenue to the airport, but also enhances the communities which the airport serves.



Please follow through on doing these steps:

Has everyone submitted their objections to the RDU website?
https://vision2040.rdu.com/comments/­
Seriously, we need like 20,000 comments from individuals objecting to the land use proposal for Crabtree park and the ORC trails.  We need everyone to weigh in with their objections.  At this point, I don't think they are hearing us- it is their land and they are going to do what they want with it unless we can literally get the entire community out on the trails and on social media/websites/television/radio/newspape­r to voice their objections as loudly as possible.  The last article from N&O had only one mountain biker make a comment- not good.

So if you are on social media, share the objections (#rdu2040) and get as many other people to also voice their opinion to:
https://www.facebook.com/rduairport/?fref=nf­ Write a 1 star review for not addressing the community needs

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article86180797.html­ Make comments here and share this with your neighbors and co-workers who are not mountain bikers but care about terrain and losing greenspace.

Go on Nextdoor.com and tell everyone in your neighborhood about it and get them to make comments to the RDU2040 page and write their legislature and RDUAA board.

Do you know someone at Indy Week, N&O, local radio station and television stations who can publicize this before September?

Don't just make your comments here, make it on RDU's page, email everyone on the Airport board again and seriously- get 20 other people to do it to.


We have formed a group of people to work on the above statement and to discuss further actions.  Please stay tuned for more suggestions as we look to work on this campaign.

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