Growth in western Lincoln County has been consistent â€” but increasing slightly â€” over the past several years.
That trend continued during 2004, said Kelly Atkins, director of Building and Land Development.
Of the 1,035 lots created in Lincoln County, 212 of them are located in the western part of the county, according to county data. Thatâ€™s about 21 percent.
This new growth is consistent with the overall number of residential dwellings in the county, Atkins said.
Of the 25,532 dwellings, 5,778 â€” or 22 percent â€” are located in the Howards Creek and North Brook townships.
Residential single-family homes make up the bulk of the 5,778 residences. In North Brook, single-family homes make up 58 percent of the total residences. In Howards Creek, they constitute 59 percent.
The second most common building type in the west is mobile homes. Twenty-six percent of residences in North Brook are mobile homes, as are 24 percent of those in Howards Creek.
The western townships have the most number of mobile homes in the county, figures show.
Manufactured homes make up 15 percent and 16 percent of residences in North Brook and Howards Creek, respectively.
Several apartments and townhomes are also scattered around the area.
Atkins anticipates that the number of lots created in the west will continue to increase slightly over the years.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners recently approved the first planned district in the west.
Cline Farms will be located on 286 acres on Reepsville Road, just west of the city of Lincolnton. The development will offer estate lots for single family residences, village lots for village and twin houses and condominiums. A commercial village is also included in the plans.
While Atkins said Cline Farms will increase numbers for west Lincoln, it wonâ€™t do it all at once. It will take seven to 10 years to fully complete the development.
Other things that will continue to draw people to west Lincoln are planned infrastructure improvements included in the countyâ€™s capital improvement plan, as well as the new schools that will be built with the voter-approved $47 million bond.
â€œTradition has it whenever a school is built, growth follows,â€ said Atkins.
Overall, the west has kept up with the pace of the rest of the county, he said. Itâ€™s growing at about half the rate as east Lincoln, but thereâ€™s potential for more.
â€œWith all the rural land in the west, the opportunity exists for an explosion in the west, just like the east,â€ Atkins said. by Alice Smith