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Study seeks input on local housing growth, needs



Staff Writer


Lincoln County residents interested in helping plan for the future of housing in the region are invited to drop by an open house on Monday.

Hosted by the Centralina Council of Governments as part of its “CONNECT Our Future” initiative, a three-year project to develop a regional framework to address the projected growth of a 14-county area and the current and future challenges facing communities, the drop-in event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center on South Academy Street in Lincolnton.

Those who attend will have the chance to offer their input on local and regional housing needs, as well as the type of housing they’d like within their own communities.

The study will look at providing answers to questions regarding how to supply adequate and appropriate housing for future workforces, the elderly and the growing population. It will also address how best to ensure housing is located near job opportunities, schools and transportation and how to identify and remove barriers to fair housing for underrepresented groups.

“The Regional Housing Needs Study open house will give people a chance to learn more about preliminary findings on housing needs, as well as provide their input on housing preferences and needs,” officials noted in a press release about the event. “The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the housing-needs study.”

Board exhibits and stations will be set up, with staff members on hand to answer questions. It should take participants roughly 30 minutes to go through the displays and provide their input.

The local open house is just one of six taking place throughout the month in the 14-county region that’s part of the project.

For more information on the initiative, visit: www.ConnectOurFuture.org.



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