LINCOLNTON — Lincoln County Commissioners have awarded a $337,250 contract for consulting services on the county’s update to the 2018 Land Use Plan to Charlotte-based engineering firm McKim & Creed. The plan will allow county leaders to develop a capital investment plan for water and sewer utilities, and provide insight and guidance on the future development of the county.
“This will ensure that we have capacities where needed for that additional growth that’s gone on in eastern Lincoln County, and for future growth,” Lincoln County Planning Director Andrew Bryant said at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
Up to six community involvement meetings will be held to provide plan updates and give county citizens opportunities to provide input, according to the terms of the contract. Two online surveys will also be distributed once the project timeline is finalized.
Road capacity concerns
The plan will be developed using the Metrolina Region CommunityViz Model, which helps predict future demand on the transportation system in the Charlotte area, Bryant said, to make sure it continues to “function at an acceptable level.”
Commissioner Milton Sigmon, a member of the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization which has “had the sole task of planning and monitoring transportation systems” in the three counties, according to their website, said he was concerned the plan is being developed while notable NCDOT projects — like updates to the Unity Church Road/N.C. 16 Business and Optimist Club Road/N.C. 16 intersections — have stalled.
“It’s very frustrating for us,” said Sigmon. “We spend time and effort, and we see the projected construction dates, and then they don’t come to fruition.”
Updates to the Land Use Plan are expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2023. To view the contact, visit lincolncounty.org.