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3/31/2022 2:06:00 PM

Wayne Howard

Everyone knows that Lincoln County is growing. Multiple housing developments are under construction in eastern Lincoln County. Recently, the Lincolnton City Council approved the second of two zoning requests that together with an earlier approval will result in 330 new homes near the intersection of Startown Road and Clark Creek Road when all are built.

At the joint meeting of the Lincoln County Planning Board and County Commissioners Monday (April 4th) they'll discuss a request to amend the master plan for the Rivercross mixed-use development to permit 75 townhomes and up to 100,000 square feet of commercial buildings on a 29-acre site that’s currently approved for 40 townhomes and up to 100,000 square feet of commercial buildings. The property is located on the west side of NC16-business at Cherry Point Drive and Waterway Drive in Catawba Springs Township.

Another housing development is proposed for Highway 182 west of Lincolnton. Garden Street Communities Southeast, LLC is requesting the rezoning of a 72.9-acre tract from R-SF (Residential Single-Family) to PD-R (Planned Development-Residential) to permit a subdivision with up to 75 single-family detached homes. The property is located on the south side of NC182 at Gainsville Church Road in Howards Creek Township. A community meeting was held last Thursday March 24th) to provide information about the proposal and to receive comments prior to a public hearing.

The US Census happens only every 10 years. The 2020 Census showed that North Carolina's population had grown enough to give the state another seat in the US House of Representatives.

While it has no bearing on Congressional redistricting, the US Census Bureau released a report this month on the growth of US counties, cities and metropolitan areas in the year from July 2020 to July 2021.

Over two-thirds of the nation's counties actually had a decrease in population in 2021. According to the Census Bureau's estimates, every county in Delaware, Maine and Rhode Island experienced population declines attributable to migration.

Four counties crossed the 100,000 residents threshold; one of them was Cleveland County. The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area had the 9th biggest growth of any metro area in the country.

While the Charlotte metro, which includes eight counties in North Carolina and three in South Carolina, saw a 1.2% increase in population, it wasn't evenly distributed. Lancaster County, South Carolina, was #1 in population growth, adding 3.8%. Lincoln County added 2.8% to rank #2 in growth. Gaston County grew sixth fastest in the metro area. Cleveland and Catawba counties are not in the Charlotte metro as defined by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau estimates that Catawba County grew from 160,747 residents in 2020 to 161,723 in 2021. Cleveland County grew from 99,725 to 100,359. Gaston County increased from 228,269 to 230,856. Lincoln County grew from 87,190 to 89,670. One county in our area actually lost population. Caldwell County shrank from 80,512 to 80,463. Burke County, which had lost population during the decade from 2010 to 2020 didn't lose population in 2021, but their population remained about the same--from 87,546 in 2020 to 87,611 in 2021.

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