IN a bid to reduce congestion in the city’s central business district, the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) is eyeing the development of six other so-called “growth nodes” in the city.
The Growth Node Development Plan for Baguio City would see investment into the development of six areas with regards to transport-oriented development, urban agriculture, arts and crafts, parks, heritage and landmark restoration, ecotourism, and business incubation.
It also includes the development and operation of the Loakan airport.
The first node is slated to be developed in Dontogan, within a 10-hectare property under usufruct with the Department of Agriculture. It will contain the proposed intermodal transport terminal, the proposed new modern abattoir, cold storage, the offices of several line agencies, as well as a forest buffer.
Another node is planned for Barangay Irisan, intended to be focused on transport-oriented development and arts and crafts.
The third node is in Barangay Sto. Niño, and is slated to have commercial space, more cold storage, a transport terminal, and parking space.
The fourth node is a connection between Wright Park and Mines View Park, called the Parks Hub. It would see the improvement of the two parks’ fixtures, expansion of horseback routes, a mine tunnel simulation, and a glass walkway in Mines View.
The fifth node is for Kennon Road, which under the CPDO plans would house an “Eco Hub Zone,” focused on ecotourism and urban agriculture, and would include a view deck from the scenic road, as well as a parking terminal space.
Finally, the sixth node will be seen in Loakan, which would see transport-oriented development, business space, and the redevelopment and operation of the Loakan airport.