Gloucester supervisors move ahead with county redistricting plan

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 13, 2011 - 05:24 PM

Photo: County staff came up with 11 options for redistricting Gloucester that met the criteria for population, kept incumbent board of supervisors and school board members in their districts that followed identifiable features and varying ranges of contiguity and compactness. The county’s redistricting committee reviewed the plans and narrowed them to three. Shown is Plan 10A.

County staff came up with 11 options for redistricting Gloucester that met the criteria for population, kept incumbent board of supervisors and school board members in their districts that followed identifiable features and varying ranges of contiguity and compactness. The county’s redistricting committee reviewed the plans and narrowed them to three. Shown is Plan 10A.

After receiving several plans from Gloucester County’s 15-person redistricting committee, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors approved a plan at its regular meeting last Tuesday night for public hearing. The public hearing for plan 10A, which keeps Gloucester’s five magisterial districts in the clearest of configurations of any other plan, is scheduled for May 3.

State and federal laws mandate redistricting following each census. According to law, each electoral (magisterial) district must be composed of contiguous and compact territory and must provide a representation in proportion to the population of the district.

Gloucester County Administrator Brenda Garton explained the report during the meeting and said with Gloucester’s population of 36,858 based on the 2010 census, an ideal population per district is 7,372 people. With a 5 percent maximum allowable deviation, this gives each district a possible population range from 7,003 to 7,740.

Garton said at last Tuesday’s meeting that the current Petsworth and Ware districts have too many people, while the Gloucester Point and York districts have too few.