Airport receives offer for trail land

July 30, 2017 by  

The Conservation Fund has made an offer to the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Airport Authority to buy land along Reedy Creek Road for $6.6m.

Bill Holman, who is the organization’s North Carolina state director, made the offer on its behalf, because the land is often used by bicyclists who enjoy riding on the trails.

Trail riders have been using the land for decades, but the airport authority recently asked people to stop trespassing to ride on the land. In addition, RDU is considering leasing the land to a developer, an idea that has drawn criticism from the cyclists.

The Conservation Fund’s offer would take the land along Crabtree Creek, and use it to increase the size of Umstead Park. The parcel under consideration comprises 105.5 acres. Holman said the airport authority would have a permanent easement on the land to implement necessary height restrictions and other regulations. Holman hopes to close the deal on August 31, 2018, in a cash purchase. He says both public and private funds would be used.

Holman said his organization is willing to help the airport use the property to mitigate the impact RDU’s upcoming expansion will have on streams in the area.

For efforts like this, officials often work with a newsletter printing company to informed interested parties, explain various issues, and address viewpoints with regard to the eventual use of the property.