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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Chesterfield Proposes Alternative Redistricting Map Based on Resident Feedback

Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors 

Nov. 5, 2021 

Clarification: This is an alternative proposal to the redistricting map first developed in September.  The Board of Supervisors will vote on a final map during its Nov. 17 meeting.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — In response to input provided by residents through the public portal on the county’s website, multiple Facebook Live community meetings and a public hearing, the Board of Supervisors is submitting an alternative to its redistricting proposal by keeping Woodlake in one magisterial district. 

Woodlake is currently located in the Matoaca District. The county’s original proposal was to split the neighborhood between the Matoaca and Clover Hill districts. The amended draft keeps Woodlake intact and relocates it to Clover Hill. 

Chesterfield has been seeking feedback from residents on its draft redistricting map since September. 

“While our initial map divided Woodlake, we heard from many residents who wanted the neighborhood to remain in one district,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Chris Winslow, who represents the Clover Hill District.  “We decided to make this change in line with the feedback we received.” 

Proposed changes to the magisterial districts have no bearing on school attendance zones. 

As required by state and federal law, Chesterfield must redraw its five magisterial districts – Bermuda, Clover Hill, Dale, Matoaca and Midlothian – based on population growth reflected in 

the 2020 census to determine local representation and voting precincts for elections. 

Due to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chesterfield did not receive its census data until mid-August. Under state law the Board of Supervisors must approve a redistricting plan by the end of 2021. 

“Public input is critical to what we do,” said Matoaca District Supervisor Kevin Carroll. “We appreciate our citizens for engaging in the redistricting process and providing their thoughts and suggestions.”

A vote on the redistricting map is scheduled for the Nov. 17 Board of Supervisors meeting. 

Residents can view the proposed magisterial district map and still submit comments and questions about the redistricting process and proposed changes to the magisterial map on the county’s webpage until noon on Nov. 17. They can also sign up for notifications regarding the county’s redistricting process before submitting comments. 

Residents may submit comments and questions by email at countyadministrator@chesterfield.gov; and by mail at: 

P.O. Box 40 

Attn: County Administration/Redistricting

Chesterfield, Va.  23838

 For assistance in viewing the online proposed changes to the county’s magisterial districts residents may visit the Chesterfield County Public Library

 

 

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