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Fairfax County Adopts Redistricting Plan

By In Community Events On April 26, 2011


At its April 26 meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted a redistricting plan. The plan maintains nine supervisors districts, but it shifts seven voting precincts to different districts.

Although the precinct changes are effective immediately per state law, they cannot be implemented until they are precleared by the U.S. Attorney General, as required by federal law under Section 5 of Voting Rights Act of 1965.

For changes across Fairfax County, click here.

A summary of changes affecting Lee District

  • Boundary ChangeWoodlawn Precinct is divided along Frye Road.  Frye Road becomes the eastern boundary of the Woodlawn Precinct. The area east of Frye Road becomes a new precinct to be named “Pinewood” and then be included in the Lee District. The Pinewood polling place will be the Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School. 
  • New PrecinctPinewood (see above). Lee District will now be composed of 23 precincts including: Bush Hill, Cameron, Clermont, Crestwood, Fairfield, Franconia, Garfield, Greenspring, Groveton, Hayfield, Huntley, Island Creek, Kingstowne, Lane, Lynbrook, Mount Eagle, Pinewood, Pioneer, Rose Hill, Van Dorn, Villages, Virginia Hills, and Wilton.

Supervisor Jeffrey C. McKay
Breaking News 
April 26, 2011

Today, the County’s Board of Supervisors voted on two issues that will have a direct impact on every County resident—the fiscal 2012 budget that goes into effect on July 1 and redistricting.

FY2012 Budget

This budget illustrates how much has changed over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Fairfax County is not immune to the economic headwinds that have battered the national and state economies. The budget adopted today by the BOS drops the residential property tax rate from $1.09 to $1.07 per $100 of assessed value. It’s a no-frills budget built on financial prudence and good management. There are no cuts to schools, code compliance, public safety, human services, or parks and libraries.

While surrounding jurisdictions are wrestling with large deficits, deep program cuts and increased taxes, we are holding the line. We’ve taken the prudent approach over the past several years of holding funds in reserve at budget carryover to plan for budget requirements in the following fiscal year. You can find more detailed information on the budget at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb/.

Redistricting

As chair of the Board’s Legislative Committee, I was the liaison to the bipartisan citizen committee that developed new supervisor district lines to reflect the population changes of the last census. The plan that the Board adopted today ensures that each resident will be fairly represented by the Board and creates minimal disruption to communities, moving only 7 of the County’s 225 precincts. Lee District did not lose or gain any precincts in their entirety, only picking up a small piece of the Wood-lawn precinct in Mount Vernon along Frye Road, allowing for the Pinewood Lake community to be in the same district.

 Much credit goes to the 2011 Citizens Advisory Council on Redistricting and Fairfax County staff that completed its work in a compressed timeframe. More information on the County’s redistricting plan is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/redistricting/.

Chairman Sharon Bulova
Statement on Approval of Redistricting Plan
April 26, 2011
 
As a result of an open and transparent process that included significant public outreach and community involvement, the Board of Supervisors today approved a redistricting plan that creates a fair and even distribution of Fairfax County residents among the nine magisterial districts. The changes the plan makes, outlined by Supervisor McKay in his motion, will ensure that each resident is fairly represented on this Board for the next ten years.
 
The Citizen Advisory Committee should be commended for their work. The Committee was made up of 21 Fairfax County residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors representing each supervisor district, the Democratic and Republican parties, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Citizens Associations, the League of Women Voters, the African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander communities, as well as the County at large.
 
Despite being on a tight schedule due to the upcoming elections, the Committee held seven meetings and one workshop all of which were open to (and attended by) the public.
 
I want to thank former Board of Supervisors Chairman Kate Hanley who I appointed to head the Citizen Advisory Committee. Kate applied her expertise, acquired from years of public service on this Board and in Richmond as Secretary of the Commonwealth, to make our redistricting process successful.
 
Thank you to Deputy County Attorney Michael Long who provided legal guidance to the Citizens Advisory Committee. Both Michael and Kate have worked on multiple redistricting efforts, and their experience in these complicated matters was indispensible.
 
I want to thank Supervisor McKay for his leadership over the past few months. At every turn, Jeff made sure that the public was informed and involved in the process.
 
Sharon Bulova
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors