AGENDA ITEM #5
November 8, 2011
W orksession - Redistricting Commission Report
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
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 (see
A Council worksession is scheduled for November 8, 2011. The Council will have redistricting
software available to see small areas in detail and to test the effect of any changes to the map
recommended by the Redistricting Commission. The Council is tentatively scheduled to take action on
Bill 31-11 on November 29, 2011.
The Charter requires the 5 Council Districts to be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in
Staff believes that the Commission proposed districts meet those standards. This
conclusion should not be taken to mean that the Commission's plan is the only way to meet Charter
standards. The Council can approve different district boundaries that also are compact, contiguous, and
substantially equal in population.
Compactness for the purpose of redistricting is a judgment that Federal Courts have left to legislatures.
is not a mathematical standard. Mathematically, the most compact district would be a perfect circle.
Charter § 103: Montgomery County shall be divided into five Council districts for the purpose of nominating and electing
five members of the Council. Each district shall be compact in form and be composed of adjoining territory. Populations of
the Council districts shall be substantially equal.