Lehman at Sept 2011 NCPCA

The 2011 Redistricting Commission’s released plan leaves North College Park in District 1. County council woman (District 1) Mary Lehman told north College Park residents in their September meeting last Thursday.

The commission originally placed entire College Park in District 3. Many of north College Park residents opposed this plan and spoke against it in August public hearings.

You can find related documents including the latest District 1 map on the website here.

The Prince George’s County Redistricting Commission has scheduled on more public hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Council hearing room on the first floor of the County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, in Upper Marlboro. Residents can voice their thoughts on the proposed Prince George’s County redistricting plan at a public hearing this month in Upper Marlboro.

At the county level, the council appoints a three-member redistricting commission that takes the results of the most recent Census (2010), holds a series of public meetings to get citizen input, and then redraws councilmanic districts to comply with one man, one vote.

The goal of this year’s commission was to keep Census Designated Places (CDP’s) together, whether those are large subdivisions in the unincorporated parts of the county or municipalities.

Countywide, I believe there were only three or four exceptions made to this effort to keep CDP’s intact, and one of those exceptions was College Park where the commission is recommending that the city remain in two county council districts (3 and 1).” – said Mary Lehman in an email to me.

Other cities such as Greenbelt will move entirely into a new district — Greenbelt would be put in District 3 with College Park (after being in District 4 with Bowie for many years) if the council follows the Redistricting Commission’s recommendation.