April 26, 2011
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on the County’s proposed redistricting plan on May 4.
The Board is required by the Constitution of Virginia to redistrict every 10 years following the public release of decennial census data to re-balance the County’s population so that each district’s population is as equal as possible to every other district. The Board also reviews and redraws the boundaries of the precincts within the magisterial districts and evaluates the locations of polling places to assure compliance with State and Federal law.
The members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board are elected from the six magisterial districts. The proposed changes to existing magisterial district boundaries are:
1) Samuel Miller/Jack Jouett Magisterial Districts: the eastern-most portion of the East Ivy precinct (bounded by U.S. Route 250 on the north, U.S. Route 29 – U.S. Route 250 by-pass on the west, and Fontaine Avenue and the City boundary line on the south) of the Samuel Miller Magisterial District would be moved to the Jack Jouett Magisterial District and be placed in the University Hall precinct;
2) Rivanna/Rio Magisterial Districts: the Briarwood and Camelot subdivisions within the Burnley precinct of the Rivanna Magisterial District would be moved to the Rio Magisterial District and be placed in the Northside precinct;
3) Scottsville/Samuel Miller Magisterial Districts: the entire Porter’s precinct of the Scottsville Magisterial District would be moved to the Samuel Miller Magisterial District; and
4) White Hall/Samuel Miller Magisterial Districts: the entire Yellow Mountain precinct of the White Hall Magisterial District would be moved to the Samuel Miller Magisterial District.
In addition, within the Rivanna Magisterial District, the Burnley precinct would be expanded to the south from the North Fork Rivanna River to Powell Creek/Lake Hollymead, the Hollymead precinct would be correspondingly reduced in size, the Burnley precinct would be renamed as the “Baker-Butler” precinct and its polling place would be moved from Northridge Community Church to Baker-Butler Elementary School.
The public hearing will be held on May 4 at 9:40am in the Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building.