Friday, June 26, 2015

RDU Airport Authority to hold public meetings on June 29th and 30th

Conversation about RDU AA's Future Land Use Plans

 RDU Airport Authority will be holding two public meetings on Monday June 29th and Tuesday June 30th to discuss their future land use plans.

Durham City Hall
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701
Second Floor - Durham City Council Committee Room
June 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Raleigh City Hall
222 W. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Raleigh City Council Chambers
June 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM

More information on these events can be found at the links below.  We encourage those of you who care about Lake Crabtree Park and the surrounding green space to come out and let the RDU Airport Authority know how important it is to us.

Friday, February 20, 2015

New Message from the Mayor of the Town of Morrisville

Conversation about Lake Crabtree’s Single-track Trails

Please join area elected officials and staff on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6-8pm

Morrisville Town Hall
100 Town Hall Drive
Morrisville, NC  27560

Mayor Mark Stohlman
Let's make our voices heard!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lake Crabtree County Park needs your help!

Please join the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) and the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club in protecting Lake Crabtree County Park from development by the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

UPDATE 10/20/2014: RDU Airport Authority and Wake County Parks & Recreation have signed a 1-year lease to be renewed on a yearly basis at their discretion.  Furthermore, the lease agreement has a clause that allows either party to terminate the lease agreement with just a 45-day notice.  While having a lease in place allows Wake County Parks & Rec and TORC to continue operating and maintaining the facilities, the reality is that at any given point we could be 45 days away from the trail system getting shut down as premise for development.
Stay tuned for further directions for further long term protection of the LCCP 148 acre property.

We are still at risk of losing our park!  More specifically, the section where the multi-use trail reside, which constitute about 82% of what we know as Lake Crabtree County Park today.  Under the management of Wake County - Parks and Recreation, with collaboration of TORC (Triangle Off-Road Cyclist), this lease has allowed us to build and maintain a network of trails for recreational use.  Until December 2013, the lease had been normally renewed every 5 years.

RDU Airport Authority recently hired the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an organization based out of Washington DC, to conduct a study and formulate a plan for the development of RDU's land. 

What you need to know about the report:

If RDU moves forward with this plan, it would DESTROY MOST OF THE TRAILS in the Lake Crabtree and surrounding areas.

Page 29 shows a map on the land RDU is looking to develop and divides it into several parcels with recommendations for each parcel.  Crabtree Lake County Park sits on what's labeled as Parcel D and it is set for "Partly restricted, high-performance development (office, hospitality) set back from the lakefront with direct access to waterfront park."

Proposed plan for Parce D:

Map of the LCCP today with "Parcel D" highlighted:
This is what the park would look like after parcel D is developed:
This is what would remain available to the public:

While the study suggest that it was inclusive of the community at large as a stake holder on the development of these lands, on page 35 it doesn't include us (the community) in the "Key Partners and Stakeholders":
  • Tenants at RDU
  • Customers at RDU
  • Business community at large
  • Adjacent property owners
  • Umstead State Park
  • Surrounding jurisdictions
  • Research Triangle Park
  • Relevant government organizations and nongovernmental organizations
  • Economic development organizations and area chambers of commerce
  • Educational institutions
  • Transit partners
If you haven't heard about this plan, it is not necessarily because you haven't been paying attention.  You see here that your opinion was not taken into consideration and the wellbeing of the community from anything but a dollar associated perspective was overlooked.  The study doesn't make mention of the impact of losing Lake Crabtree County Park for the community and it doesn't offer an alternative to replace the green space.

About the panel that conducted the study and presented the recommendations:  None of the 7 members are from or live in our area.  

We can't let this happen! Make it loud and clear that you want to preserve Lake Crabtree County Park as it currently is: for recreation use, nature, and open green space!

Please sign this petition and let us know you support the trails for our kids, our families and our community:

Save the Crab Petition

Thank you for signing this petition!  This is the first step in letting the business development and real estate developers know loud and clear that we don't want Lake Crabtree Park bulldozed for parking lots, office buildings and warehouses!

The next steps are on you!  Email and/or call:
  • Your state representative and let them know that you want to keep Crabtree and the surrounding natural area the way it is!  You can find all the contact information for Wake County representatives here:  Wake Co. Reps
  • Contact the mayors of Cary, Morrisville and Raleigh and tell them it would be unacceptable to lose this valuable resource for the community:
Cary, Harold Weinbrecht
Town of Cary
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
Phone: 919-469-4011 (Town hall)

100 Town Hall Dr.
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 919.463.6151

Raleigh, Nancy McFarlane
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-996-3050

Durham, William Bell
Office of the Mayor
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, N.C. 27701
Phone: 919-560-4333, ext. 10269 (office)

  If you'd like to help, please leave a note telling us what you could volunteer to Save The Crab!

    Click here to download the PDF detailing laws under which the RDUAA operates.

    For your convenience, here is a template of what you could send out:

    Dear _______,

    It has come to my attention that the RDU Airport Authority is considering not renewing the lease for the portion of Lake Crabtree County Park (LCCP) where the multi-use trail system resides and ultimately developing that property for commercial use.

    This would destroy some of the best and most used trails in the entire triangle. 

    The trails at Lake Crabtree County Park are the only multi-use trails in the area, including Umstead Park and Schenk Forest, and are used by thousands of people from a large radius around the area for everything from hiking, biking, nature observation, and general recreation.  It is much needed green space in an area that doesn’t have very much of that left.  And while the lease may not pad the RDU Authority bottom line as much as a commercial development, these trails do make a significant economic impact to the area due to the large amount of visitors it generates.

    I personally use these trails for _____ and do so _____ often.  That leads me to spend money on other things in the area, such as _______.

    Please respond that you will join the effort to help us save this park from development.  Too many people enjoy it to let it turn into yet another office park along the Interstate corridor.  All the information you need to get up to speed on this issue can be found at:

    Thank you for any assistance you can provide in this effort.


    Your Name
    Phone Number

    Email Address