When I received the email sharing information that Lancaster County had made a mention in the Wall Street Journal, I was surprised.
Lancaster County was listed as one of the metro areas with the largest increase in new home sizes from 2010 to 2013, according to data compiled by Metrostudy, a house research firm.
The average size of a new home in Lancaster County, a fast-growing suburb of Charlotte, which includes Indian Land, was 3,321 square feet in the second quarter of 2013 — up 39 percent since 2010.
In Indian Land, home builder Lennar Corp. is developing a 400-home community of houses ranging in size from 1,686 square feet to 3,259 square feet.
I did a little research and found that in 2005, 2,800 homes were built in Indian Land. From 2000 to 2004, 1,400 homes were built, and from 1990 to 1999, 700 houses were built.
We have come a long way.
When we moved here 30 years ago, the closest grocery store was in Pineville and every Saturday I would make my trek to the store to buy groceries for a week.
Now we have choices in every direction. Churches have come because of the influx of people, in any denomination you choose.
There are negatives that come because of the growth and I have mentioned this many times — gas stations, traffic jams and wrecks from all the non-residents just looking for cheap gas.
We also need some nice restaurants — a sit-down dining situation and not any more fast-food places.
But I am happy with the direction Indian Land and Lancaster County are going.
The new Planning Director Penelope Karagounis and her staff, with the help of a consultant, the planning commission for our area and the County Council members for our districts have all come up with some great ideas for our future.
I couldn’t be more delighted.
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