In late February, Chesterfield County received official 2010 population data for the county from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. This population data confirmed that Chesterfield County will need to redistrict its five magisterial districts in order to equalize the population among the districts. Currently, the population in the five districts is as follows:
- Bermuda, 66,596
- Clover Hill, 55,546
- Dale, 60,211
- Matoaca, 75,136
- Midlothian, 58,747
The County’s total population is 316,236, and the optimal population for each district is 63,247. However, districts may vary from the optimal population by plus or minus five percent and still be considered “equalized.”
Over the past few weeks, two different approaches to redistricting have been developed to equalize the county’s population and satisfy the legal requirements governing the redistricting process. As a result, two proposed redistricting plans have been created for consideration by county residents and the Board of Supervisors.
Before the board can adopt a final redistricting plan, it must conduct a public hearing. The county had originally planned to conduct a public hearing and adopt a redistricting plan in May. However, Virginia localities were recently informed by the State Board of Elections that, in order to meet the July absentee-ballot mailing deadlines for possible August primary elections, they should adopt their redistricting plans by no later than April 29 so that the plans can be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice well in advance of the absentee-ballot mailing deadline. Accordingly, the county is adjusting its redistricting schedule so that the Board of Supervisors can conduct its public hearing and adopt the redistricting plan at the board’s April 27 meeting.
In anticipation of the April 27 redistricting public hearing, staff will hold two community meetings to present the draft redistricting plans to interested residents, answer questions and receive comments. The first meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room at the Chesterfield County government complex, 10001 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832 (at Route 10 and Lori Roads). The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Elementary School, 10751 Savoy Road, Richmond, VA 23235. All interested persons are invited to attend.