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RDU Land Use Planning

One of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s core responsibilities is to provide for the air transportation needs of the growing, vibrant Research Triangle Region. To keep the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on track for growth, we’re studying the airport’s 5,000 acres to identify future uses.

JDavis Study
Raleigh’s JDavis Architects is looking at how five major tracts of property may help the airport grow by providing space for new facilities, services or remain undeveloped as part of our commitment to environmental responsibility.

Consolidated Rental Car Facility
JDavis Architects identified one of the potential new uses as a consolidated rental car facility, or CONRAC. This new building would make arriving or departing via rental cars easy by putting all rental car companies under one roof, with a common transportation system between the CONRAC and the terminals.

The space would make it easier for drivers to return cars and easier to exit the airport once picking-up a car. Passengers could walk between rental car counters inside a central lobby and would find a singular bus system from the terminals to the CONRAC.

The land use study’s first phase found the best location for such a facility would be along Pleasant Grove Church Road between Airport Boulevard and I-540. There is currently no timeline for construction of the CONRAC. This facility would also support regional public transportation connectivity.

The land use study is now concentrating on potential uses for the other four large tracts of airport property.

Urban Land Institute Study
In March 2014, the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority invited the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit that specializes in guiding organizations on the responsible use of land and in creating sustaining, thriving interactions with the surrounding community.

A panel of nine professionals representing disciplines ranging from land development to real estate visited RDU for a week. They took an extensive tour of the airport, spoke with airport leadership and conducted interviews with more than 80 community leaders to help guide the Airport Authority with future land development activities.

At the end of the week, the panel gave an overview presentation detailing potential uses and challenges in the development of several large tracts of land the airport owns. Uses ranged from warehouse facilities to support cargo operations and multi-family housing To leaving tracts undeveloped for park usage.

In Summer 2014, ULI delivered a detailed written report containing the group’s findings during their week-long study of RDU.

ULI Presentation

ULI Final Report