Land Use - Community - Infrastructure Development (LUCID)

The Research Triangle Region is embarking on a renewed effort to match development with planned transit investments, so the more than 1 million new people who are projected to be added to the region over the next generation can be welcomed in a way that supports the Triangle's values and assets.

The LUCID program is a way for Triangle Transit and the Triangle J Council of Governments to work with the region's two Metropolitan Planning Organizations and their member communities to ensure that plans, practices and projects support coordinated land use and transit investments.


Successful transit investments require that the region make wise decisions on four related issues, like a table that is supported by four sturdy legs:

  • the transit facilities and services - their alignments, technologies and service characteristics;
  • the costs of these facilities and services and the revenues to pay for them;
  • the development these facilities serve, which in turn supports the investments;
  • and the community infrastructure and related policies (sidewalks, shelters, parking, Transportation Demand Management and other features) that influence transit use.

The LUCID program is designed to bring clear understanding to decision-makers for the development and community infrastructure and policy "table legs" by focusing on:

  1. Definition and identification of key ingredients in the transit/land use connection.
  2. Analysis of plans, practices and projects and how they address these ingredients.
  3. Visualization to show how plans, practices and projects can result in compact, complete, and connected communities.
  4. Engagement of those with interests in matching development with transit investments.

For more information regarding the LUCID program, please email John Hodges-Copple with Triangle J Council of Governments or contact him at 919.558.9320.



Creating a Healthy Active Research Triangle (29 September 2015) 

This report provides an overview of the state of health in the Triangle, looks at the research behind healthy place-making, and presents several regional-level tools for creating healthy places.

ULI-Triangle Event - Practical Approaches to Building Healthy PlacesPresentations | Polling Results


Regional Bike Map Report | Interactive Map (November 2014) 

This report and interactive map provides a regional inventory of bicycle facilities and conducts a proximity analysis of the existing facilities' locations to determine equitable distribution and access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities.  This project was funded by the Community Transformation Grant.


On Track? Linking Workforce Housing and Transit in the Triangle. (Version 1.0) - High Res (12MB), Low Res (3MB) (15 October 2013) 

This report explores the mutually supportive relationship between transit and affordable housing and surveys a variety of tools that can be used to create and preserve affordable housing for the Triangle’s workforce. It highlights the regional transit-oriented housing fund as one new tool that other regions have used successfully.


Living by the Popsicle Rule: The Market for Living in Vibrant Centers & Walkable Neighborhoods. (Version 1.0) (16 April 2010) 

This report surveys a variety of studies by national experts in the housing and development industries, highlighting the increased (and untapped) demand for walkable urban and suburban centers.


Compact, Complete, & Connected Communities: How Community Plans in the Triangle Match Land Use with Transit Investments. (Version 1.0) (20 May 2010) 

The CCC Report examines the existing land use and zoning parameters used to guide mixed-use, transit-support development in the six communities slated for rail investment under the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (for a link to this report, see below).


Regional Activity Centers Map (Version 1.0) (20 May 2010)

This document locates the standards for mixed-use activity centers found within each community, overlaying the centers on top of the 2035 LRTP's anticipated transit investments.