RTP Unveils New Master Plan
Pictures from 2012 RTP Master Plan. Story by Hal Goodtree republished from Cary Innovation Center.
Cary, NC – Research Triangle Park has unveiled a long-awaited renewal of it’s Master Plan. The document calls for more density, more mass transit and a more urban feel to the iconic technology and innovation park.
The first part of the plan calls for development in the northeastern corner of the Park, bringing high-tech town homes, shops and amenities.
According to WRAL, real estate developer and investor Hines has been selected for the project.
Also reported, zoning changes could allow buildings of up to 14 stories and much smaller lot size.
Employment Expect to Grow to 150,000
The new RTP Master Plan calls for the work force capacity in the Park to triple to 150,000, according to BizJournals.
With more residents living inside the Park, and more mass transit, the existing roadway structure is seen to be adequate for future growth.
See the New RTP Master Plan
The link was hard to find, but we’ve dug it out:
2012 Research Triangle Park Master Plan
RTP Defines the Triangle
Austin has the Silicon Hills. San Jose has Silicon Valley. The Triangle region of North Carolina has RTP.
RTP is one of the first public-private, research and innovation clusters in the nation.
Our future is dependent on how well we continue to evolve the concept of RTP.
The new master plan is good news for residents, technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Triangle.
It is very nice to think about long term.. but I wonder how, a sprawl planned area like RTP can ever justify public transport? There are no high density housing hubs, no concentrated places of employment. While a few people do bike there, it is not anywhere close to housing, downtowns, everyday needs.. it was, unfortunately planned on a car commuting,, happy motoring future. how sustainable is that, I wonder?
“it is not anywhere close to housing, downtowns, everyday needs”
I think the plan is to provide housing and everyday needs within the RTP.
But, frankly, if everyone who wants a mass transit or non-car method of getting to work, would just stay in New York City, there would be more room for us people who like our cars.
Think outside the usual bicycle rack…
http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/ is a role model for sure!
Watch the videos.
I spent the past weekend in DC (via Amtrak) and saw many of the one-way rentals in use.
Happy to see some movement in the plan, but I remain disappointed that no consideration is giving to bicycle traffic. With light-rail being a long range project/goal, and bussing being an expense that no one seems to what to shoulder, I cannot help but wonder why a mutli-lane bicycle/pedestrian system isn’t being discussed. Something like this: http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/07/17/world/europe/100000001632565/a-green-light-for-copenhagens-cyclists.html
We need to think outside the box. And if RTP were to adopt this, then Cary, Durham, Raleigh and Morrisville would definitely have to put this on their collective agendas.
This would be good for us, good for the environment and a great draw for the area!