Important Survey for our IPDC members and folks who use our facilities here in Rutherfordton.  See below for further details.
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August 7, 2017
Contact: Scott Dadson, Executive Director
828-287-2281, ext. 250


IPDC Assistance Available for

2020 Census

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation


The Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA) is the only opportunity offered to local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list for their jurisdiction.  Municipal and county governments have a chance to participate which can help ensure an accurate census for your community.

LUCA is a voluntary, once-a decade opportunity for local governments to review and update the Census Bureau’s residential address list for their government prior to the decennial census.  By participating in LUCA, you may update the Census Bureau’s address list by correcting, adding and/or deleting addresses.  You may also identify any nonresidential addresses and those not located within your government’s legal boundaries.

The purpose of the decennial census is not only to appropriate seats to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Census data is used in the distribution of federal funds for over 1,000 programs administered by 26 federal agencies, to provide statistical support for grant applications that fund community and regional development, education, agriculture, energy, and environmental programs, and to help your community better plan for future needs. 

How IPDC Can Assist

Participating governments are authorized to designate an alternate reviewer such as a regional planning agency to complete their jurisdiction’s LUCA on their behalf.  IPDC is happy to offer LUCA assistance to member governments.  

You will receive an invitation from the U.S. Census Bureau to participate in the 2020 LUCA.  This invitation should have reached you in July, 2017.  We encourage all member governments to participate in order to ensure our region is properly represented for years to come. 

If you wish for IPDC to assist your local government in handling the LUCA process, here are the steps that must be taken:

Local Government Responsibility:
  1. Register ‘yes’ for 2020 LUCA participation before December 15th, 2017.
  2. Designate IPDC as your LUCA liaison to guide the entire review process.
  3. Provide any necessary materials to IPDC that may be needed to conduct the scope of work.
IPDC Responsibility:
  1. Review of the 2020 Census LUCA Address Count for your local government.
  2. Geocode the local, digital-format address list (found on the 2020 LUCA website).
  3. Use this information to generate address count tallies to compare to Census Bureau tallies.
  4. Utilization of new Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) for GIS work.
  5. Finalize the process by updating the Census address list for your jurisdiction.


July 2017
  • An invitation letter and registration forms mailed out to local governments
October 2017 – February 2018
  • IPDC staff to attend LUCA training workshops
February 2018
  • Participation materials will be mailed to registered participants/LUCA liaison
  • IPDC to complete local government LUCA operation
  • Materials must be completed within 120 days
August 2019
  • Feedback materials offered to participants with results of Address Canvasing
April 1st, 2020
  • Census Day
Cost Estimate
Based upon guidance from the U.S. Census Bureau, IPDC has determined that staff will spend a minimum of 12 hours per LUCA operation.  Utilizing the IPDC rate of $45 per hour, the minimum cost will be $540.00
For work taking more than 12 hours, IPDC will bill on a per hour basis. 
The documents will be available for review and public comments will be received from
August 1 - 30, 2017.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the GCLMPO is the locally-adopted, fiscally-constrained, long-range transportation plan for Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln counties. The MTP is a comprehensive plan that defines the transportation network that will serve both present and projected volumes of vehicular traffic, public transportation use, bicycle, pedestrian, aviation and freight travel in and around the urban area.
Copies of all documents and maps for the plan referenced above are available for review during the dates listed above in the Gastonia Planning Department located on the 2nd floor of the Garland Center - 150 South York Street, Gastonia, NC 28052, and the following city/town halls/administration buildings: Belmont, Bessemer City, Boiling Springs, Cherryville, Cleveland County, Cramerton, Dallas, Gaston County, Gastonia, Lincoln County, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Lowell, Mount Holly, Ranlo, Shelby, and Stanley.
Information can also be found on the GCLMPO’s website by clicking here.
Public meetings will be held on the dates, times, and locations below:
  •          August 23, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Lincoln County Citizen's Center, located at 115 W Main St, Lincolnton, NC  28092
  •          August 24, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Gastonia City Hall, located at 181 S South St, Gastonia, NC 28052
  •          August 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the "Shelby Alive" event, located at 126 W Marion St, Shelby, NC 28150
All meetings are drop-in format, with no formal presentation at a set time.
Written comments may be sent by mail, email, or fax to the following address:
Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO
Attn: Randi Gates, Senior Planner
PO Box 1748
Gastonia, NC 28053
FAX: 704-869-1960
All comments must be received by August 30, 2017.
IPDC Survey on Headquarter Building

One of the services IPDC offers to you as members is use of our headquarters when it suits your needs.  IPDC is here to serve each of you and would like to ensure that we utilize our space in a way that helps you meet your growing list of needs.   Please take the time to complete this survey, which is an attempt for us to better understand the way you and your organization currently use our building and how our headquarters can better serve you.  The ultimate goal is for us to understand and address our physical space needs whether that will involve major changes to our current headquarters or not.  Feedback from our members is crucial. 

The Survey can be found at:

Due date for Survey is August 14, 2017.

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