Planners seek input in long-term housing, development plans

Posted August 20, 2013 8:35 pm | Filed under Local News

In the past decade, the 14-county region surrounding Charlotte has emerged as America’s fastest growing region.

And now, efforts are underway to develop a region-wide master development plan — a plan that takes into account housing, transportation and development needs.

Projects put the region’s population as doubling to two million people by the year 2050.

Public input for that master plan made its stop in Rock Hill Tuesday night.

Cole McKinney of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments said that plan also needs to take into account the critical growth of America’s Baby Boomers.

The three-year planning process to build a regional framework is funded by a U.S. Housing and Urban Development federal grant.

The framework will be built on existing community plans, public engagement, and local values.

The framework will contain policies, strategies and tools for voluntary use and adoption by local governments, and will also create a network of relationships across the region to address the challenges faced by individual communities and the region as a whole.