NEWS: Dupont Circle political redistricting task force sets plan for crafting a 2B proposal

As part of the decennial redistricting process, each Ward Council Member is responsible for creating a ward-wide “subcommittee” to propose re-drawing Single Member District (SMD) and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) boundaries within the Ward based on new census data.  In general, each SMD should be home to between 1900 and 2100 residents, though variations are acceptable for certain reasons, such as maintaining neighborhood cohesiveness or adhering to natural boundaries.  Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans’ office has for several months invited any interested Ward 2 residents to join the Ward 2 Subcommittee for 2011 redistricting.  The kickoff meeting of the Ward 2 Subcommittee was Wednesday, July 13th at the Wilson Building.

The Ward 2 Subcommittee is further broken down into “task forces” for each ANC in Ward 2.  Each Task Force is responsible for providing a recommendation for the re-drawing of SMD lines — and, if warranted, recommendations on any changes to ANC external boundaries.  The Task Force for the Dupont Circle ANC (2B) currently includes all 9 ANC 2B Commissioners (Will Stephens, Mike Feldstein, Mike Silverstein, Phil Carney, Kevin O’Connor, Bob Meehan, Jack Jacobson, Victor Wexler, Ramon Estrada), along with the 2B resident community representatives that volunteered to Jack Evans’ office (Debbie HanrahanSchreiber, Ed Grandis, and Phyllis Klein).

The 2B Task Force had an initial meeting on Tuesday, July 26th at the Dupont Resource Center to set in motion a plan for submitting a proposal for 2B political boundaries with community input, prior to the Council’s final deadline of Oct. 1st.  After discussing the process and being briefed by Ward 2 Subcommittee Chair Tim Birch of the Georgetown ANC, the Task Force came up with the following plan:

The 2B Task Force will meet Tuesday, Aug. 9th to draw up an initial proposal for SMD boundaries.  This initial draft will be posted on this News/Blog page and elsewhere, and the 2B Task Force will solicit comments for just over three weeks.  There will be a community forum on Wednesday, August 31st at 7:30pm (location TBA) to further discuss the plan.  Please save the date for this important discussion! The 2B Task Force will thereafter meet again to make changes based on the comments received and the community forum.  Subsequent meetings/discussions will be announced by the end of the month.  The goal is for the 2B Task Force to create a final 2B boundary plan that can be endorsed by the ANC and community by mid-September.

For more information on redistricting — including census data, maps, and relevant rules — please follow this link to redistricting information from the D.C. Council: https://sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/redistricting/.

Note: If you are interested in joining the Ward 2 Subcommittee — whether you live in the Dupont area or not — please contact Andrew Huff at Jack Evans’ office (ahuff@dccouncil.us) and Ward 2 Subcommittee Chair Tom Birch (bircht@earthlink.net).

1 thought on “NEWS: Dupont Circle political redistricting task force sets plan for crafting a 2B proposal

  1. Mike Silverstein

    It is important to note that the boundaries of the Dupont Circle ANC will remain the same, and, since our population numbers have increased by only 1.4%, we will still have nine SMDs.

    Two SMD’s have had population increases that put them well beyond the 2100 maximum. Those are 2B02 and 2B06. Two other SMDs 2B01 and 2B09, have had population declines that place them below the 1900 minimum.

    Though the Subcommittee has the legal authority to redraw SMD boundaries any way it chooses within the guidelines, the population changes have been minimal and no new districts will be created and no existing districts will be eliminated. It is possible the new boundaries could be drawn with only slight modifications to most SMD’s.

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