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'Take paradise and put up a parking lot' | Fear, excitement among mix of emotions for eastern Lincoln County growth

Census estimates show eastern Lincoln County, which includes Denver and Triangle, saw a 33% growth in its population in the last decade.

Brandon Goldner

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As the housing market in the Charlotte region continues to boom, many homeowners are now looking across Lake Norman to eastern Lincoln County.

Eastern Lincoln County's population jumped more than 33% in the last decade, according to census estimates. In that same period, the city of Charlotte had a 20% growth in population.

This changing population has led to a surge in home and multi-family construction, as new neighborhoods, with names referencing the area's agricultural roots, are sprouting up on land once home to crops and livestock.

Shannon Avason, a realtor with The Rockel Group, said families are drawn to Lincoln County's low taxes and faster commutes into Charlotte.

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A map from the 2020 Eastern Lincoln Mobility Study.

"Over the past three years, it's been substantially higher," Avason said, referring to the area's growth. "I know there's a lot of people that see the growth and get worried, but I think that the commissioners have done a really good job keeping it contained and keeping it under control."

The county hasn't approved a new subdivision since November 2018, but the growth eastern Lincoln County's already experienced is producing a wave of emotions, from elation and optimism to sadness and disappointment.