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Council Adopts New Redistricting Map

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “October Map 1” as the new College Park Council district map.

The new map will define new Council districts following the 2023 City election for the next ten years until the next census data is available.

The new map maintains the current southern boundary of District 1 on the west of Rhode Island Ave; however, moves a few dozen homes around Duvall Field from District 1 to District 2.

The new map will add homes in the Cherry Hill and Autoville neighborhoods to District 1.

You can see the detailed view of the new district boundaries on this interactive map: https://abridge.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8ee2da0bb755439ba478f90f52ac06f2. Please select “Ordinance 22-O-09 October  Plan 1 Map” from the Layers menu on the left.

I want to thank the residents for their comments on the redistricting maps. I also want to thank the members of the Redistricting Commission (RDC) and our staff for working with the Council in producing various maps during this lengthy redistricting process. It was truly collaborative teamwork.

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4 Comments to “Council Adopts New Redistricting Map”

  1. By Daniel K, November 17, 2022 @ 7:28 pm

    Question: When will these new boundaries go into effect? You stated “following the 2023 City election”. It was my understanding the new lines needed to be approved by the end of this year so that plenty of time could be allowed to prepare for the 2023 election — implying the 2023 election is based off the new lines.

    In other words, I figured these lines would go into effect as early as January 1, 2023, or at least some date before the 2023 election. Do you know the date they’ll be officially implemented? Thanks.

  2. By Fazlul Kabir, November 17, 2022 @ 8:32 pm

    Hi Dan, The current Council members will still be using the old map to serve the constituents living in the old map, but the 2023 election will be based on the new map. Thus the new map will go into effect officially right after the next Council swears in. There is no change until the new Council takes office.

  3. By Daniel K, November 17, 2022 @ 8:48 pm

    Thanks! Wow, that is quite a lag time from when the census was supposed to happen (in 2020) until December 2023! Of course, COVID delayed the census at least by months, so that makes me wonder…

    Did the current map also take until December 2013 to be officially implemented?

  4. By Daniel K, November 18, 2022 @ 9:05 pm

    Thanks to your comprehensive archive, it didn’t take me long to find an answer to my question. The current district map was done sooner relative to the decade. The City Council formed a redistricting commission on November 9, 2010. It had till May 31, 2011 to develop at least 3 redistricting plans, of which one was chosen for the November 2011 election.

    So, it seems COVID delayed the census process enough that a new map couldn’t be implemented for the 2021 election. And so, it had to wait till the following election.

    Thinking about it, this means the new map could potentially only be used for 8 years, from the 2023 election till the 2031 election.

    Sources:
    https://www.kabircares.org/city-authorizes-to-form-redistricting-commission/
    https://www.kabircares.org/district-1-to-get-mazza-camden/

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