Research being done at UNC Charlotte through a collaboration called RENCI has shed new light on the effects of growth on counties in the Charlotte Region. For the last few decades, much of the Carolina Piedmont has experienced dramatic population growth. Attracted by the region’s mild climate and strong economy, people from other parts of the country have been pouring in, changing the region in significant ways. The most visible consequence of this growth has been the increase in development. Narrow country roads winding through pastoral scenes of small farms and rolling hills have been replaced by multi-lane expressways connecting countless subdivisions and strip centers. And every indication suggests this trend will continue. This page offers a collection of interactive maps that show actual changes in the region's counties from 1976 through 2006 based on analysis of satellite data. The projections past 2006 reflect a possible future based on these trends. The Center for Applied GIS (CAGIS) at UNC Charlotte developed the model, which has first been applied in the Charlotte region, but has since been expanded to other regions of the state. Click on one of the counties below to pull up the related map.