Gallery: INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carol...


Inhabitat: What are the most exciting achievements of this plan?

Liz Rooks: One of the most exciting results is the creation of a mixed-use district in the park. We're changing the park from a single-use model and actually bringing in residential, developing a center for the park that would create a 24/7 atmosphere, where employees can live and work and play. To do that, we had to make some changes in the allowable uses in the park. Last spring we went to the legislature to ask them to set up a special tax district that would allow us to incorporate residential use in RTP. Another thing we've done is make amendments to the general zoning for RTP. We went to both Durham and Wake Counties [RTP straddles the two counties] to ask for zoning changes that would reduce setbacks.

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