Redistricting in City of Fredericksburg
The 2021 Redistricting process is currently underway in the City of Fredericksburg. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of voting districts based on changes in population. It occurs every 10 years following the United States Census and is governed by state law. Local redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities in the City are grouped together into wards that elect City Council and City School Board members. By making sure each ward has approximately the same number of people, redistricting can help ensure residents have fair representation on City Council and the City School Board. It also determines where residents vote and who represents them. This schedule is compressed due to the late release of Census data and the state requirement that new districts be adopted by December 31, 2021. Read more: Redistricting 2021 Memorandum (PDF), July 29, 2021
City Council was working towards voting on proposed changes at the Council Meeting on December 14, 2021 and then submitting the plan to the Virginia Attorney General. Then at the December 14 meeting Council was presented with a Citizen Plan option for redistricting from a local resident. Council decided at the meeting to delay their vote till the January 11, 2022 Council Meeting. At the January 11 meeting a modified Citizen Plan was presented and discussed by Council. A first reading was held on the modified plan. The Council will receive the a slight change to the modified Citizen Plan by transmittal at the January 25 meeting and then act on the final plan on February 8, 2002 at their regular Council meeting.
Local Redistricting Process
The boundaries of the City’s election wards need to be changed to correct an imbalance of population shown in the 2020 US Census. City staff has worked with Kevin Byrnes of Regional Decision Systems, L.L.C., to provide City Council with options to re-draw the boundaries of the City’s 4 Council wards to comply with State law and local ordinance. Changes were to be adopted by December 31, 2021 to comply with state standards.
The City has developed redistricting plans to share with Council and the public. The following memorandum details the current wards, alternate scenarios and data to assist Council members weigh the redistricting alternatives. Fredericksburg City Ward Redistricting Memorandum (PDF), November 5, 2021.
November 9, 2021 at 5:30pm - Work Session Presentation at City Council, Council Chambers, 715 Princess Anne Street. View Redistricting Presentation, November 15, 2021 (PDF)
November 16, 2021 at 6:30pm - Public information meeting at the Walker-Grant Center, 210 Ferdinand Street, first floor School Board meeting room.
November 23, 2021 at 7:30pm- Formal Council public hearing at City Hall, Council Chambers. 715 Princess Anne Street. View Redistricting Presentation, November 23, 2021 (PDF)
December 7, 2021 at 6:30pm - Public information meeting at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street.
December 14, 2021 at 7:30pm - Action scheduled for December 14 Council meeting at City Hall, Council Chambers, 715 Princess Anne Street. View Agenda Item - 11A Redistricting (PDF)
January 11, 2022 at 7:30pm - Action scheduled for January 11 Council meeting at City Hall, Council Chambers, 715 Princess Anne Street. View Agenda Item for Council
January 25, 2022 at 7:30pm - Modified Citizen Plan to be transmitted at the January 25 Council meeting at City Hall, Council Chambers, 715 Princess Anne Street.
February 8, 2022 at 7:30pm - Modified Citizen Plan to voted on at the February 8 Council meeting at City Hall, Council Chambers, 715 Princess Anne Street.
Public involvement is an important part of the redistricting process.