AGENDA ITEM #7
November 23, 2011
Action - Bill 31-11, Council Districts - Boundaries
On October 4, the Redistricting Commission presented its report to Council, and Bill 31-11, affirming
the Commission's plan, was introduced. The public hearing on November 1, 2011 concerned both the
Commission's redistricting plan and Bill 31-11. The Council heard from only 2 speakers. One speaker
recommended keeping the Capitol View area in District 5. The other speaker addressed the
Redistricting Commission's process and suggested that the concerns of rural Montgomery County would
be better served by being in a single Council district. Council President Ervin requested knowing more
about school boundaries.
The Council held a worksession on November 8, 2011 and discussed options to amend the boundaries
recommended by the Redistricting Commission. The Council took a straw vote to approve the Council
District boundaries as recommended by the Restricting Commission and is scheduled to take action on
Bill 31-11 on November 29, 2011.
District Boundary Descriptions
Six pages of the Commission's report are devoted to describing the proposed district boundaries by
streets, streams, rivers, municipalities, counties, and sometimes individual properties. As tedious as it
may be, it is the written description of the boundaries that directs the Board of Elections in preparing
ballots. The Commission eased the work of the Board by using 2010 precincts. The descriptions are
faithful to precinct lines. In the area south of Norbeck Road, west of Bailey's Lane and bounded by
Leisure World, the precinct boundary used by the Board of elections puts the residents in precinct 13-54.
That is different than the maps used by the Commission that had all of the property fronting on Norbeck
Road in precinct 13-49. The written description conforms to the Board of Election's line.
There are two other instances where the mapped boundaries used by the Commission were slightly different than official
precinct boundaries: the western boundary of Kensington and an area south of Mullinix Road near the Howard County
Boundary. Neither of those areas concerned any resident population. Bill 31-11 as attached clarifies that all of Gaithersburg
is in District 3.