Welcome to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

We are a nonpartisan, applied research and community outreach institute at UNC Charlotte, seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.
Lancaster County, S.C., Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis at the Red Ventures campus in Indian Land. Photo: Mary Newsom

Speeding suburbanization south of Charlotte – what's a planner to do?

Read the interview or listen to the podcast: Charlotte may be fast-growing but growth rates in nearby Lancaster County. S.C., are through the roof. We talk with Lancaster County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis about the influx of suburban spillover development. 

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