At last night’s meeting, the City Council approved a resolution requesting the Redistricting Commission (RDC) to draft a modified map or maps, using 2023 population data, that meet the five percent maximum variance in population; and up to a 7.5 percent maximum variation in the sum of population and actual voters, and prioritizes retaining the core of current districts over other criteria included in the Council charge to the Commission.
Thankfully, earlier the Commission prepared three new, draft maps, for the Commission to consider during its meeting on Monday night.
The City Council will discuss these and other maps at its next week’s meeting
Below are brief notes on each map to provide some context and reasoning for the district boundaries. The maps are also posted on the website here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/186/Boards-Commissions#RDC. Staff is also working to add the new maps to the www.collegeparkmdredistricting2022.com site.
All three maps restore District 1’s southern boundary west of Rhode Island Ave to the current boundary at Cherokee Street. The maps, however, move many homes east of Rhode Island Avenue from its southern boundary to District 2. You can see the areas proposed to be removed within red boundaries.
October Plan 1 Map
This map divides the UMD dormitories by moving the north side dorms to District 2 and the south side dorms to District 4, but otherwise minimizes current district boundary changes.
For District 1, this map will move homes on Cree Ln., Cheyanne Pl, Cherokee st and Blackfoot Pl on the East of Rhode Island Ave. It’ll however add homes in the Cherry Hill and Autoville neighborhoods. to District 1.
October Plan 2 Map
This map keeps Autoville and Cherry Hill in District 4, connected to the rest of District 4 via a very narrow strip running behind The Enclave/The Nines. The residents in Berwyn south of Greenbelt Road remain in District 2, though some commercial buildings do not. A part of current District 2 north of Greenbelt Road is moved to District 1.
For District 1, this map will move homes on Indian Ln., Erie St., Delaware St., Cree Ln., Cheyanne Pl, Cherokee st and Blackfoot Pl on the East of Rhode Island Ave. It’ll, however, add homes in the Pak Spring neighborhood to District 1.
October Plan 3 Map
This map keeps the north side dorms in District 4 and the south side dorms in District 2. However, to keep the populations substantially equal (University View has more than 1,500 residents), it splits University View. The rear building is in District 4 and the front building is in District 2 along with the Varsity.
For District 1, this map will move homes on Kennesaw st., Iroquois st., Geronimo st., Fox st., Eutaw Pl., Indian Ln., Erie St., Delaware St., Cree Ln., Cheyanne Pl, Cherokee st and Blackfoot Pl on the East of Rhode Island Ave. It’ll, however, add homes in the Cherry Hill and Autoville neighborhoods. to District 1.
Thank you to all who sent their comments on redistricting maps to the Mayor and Council. Please continue to send your comments by writing to email@example.com