In April, GM forecasted the possible changes to the ANC boundaries that could come as a result of the redistricting process now underway. Well, yesterday the Subcommittee on Redistricting issued guidelines for ANC and SMD redistricting that put more meat on the bones and can start to color in what changes Georgetown could see.
According to the guidelines, each SMD (that’s single member district, or practically speaking the district of each commissioner) ideally must contain 2,000 residents. The SMDs can vary from this ideal measure by 100 residents in either direction. So in other words, each SMD must have between 1,900 and 2,100 residents.
By GM’s calculations, after the last Census, the SMD populations stack up like this:
- SMD 1 – 2449
- SMD 2 – 1919
- SMD 3 – 2037
- SMD 4 – 3102
- SMD 5 – 2529
- SMD 6 – 2308
- SMD 7 – 2122
Note, SMDs 3 and 1 include several GU dorms, but there is no Census data broken out by dorm. So GM used the dorms’ capacities, which is actually how they did in ten years ago.
As you can plainly see, most of the SMDs are way outside the permissible population boundaries. SMD 4, which is wholly on the campus, has ballooned since 2000 due mostly to the opening of the SW Quad. It must be broken up. So too does SMD 1, 5, 6, and 7.
But it’s obvious that the other SMDs can’t take those residents. The total population with ANC 2E is now 16,466. That means there is an average of 2,352 residents per SMD, so the only way ANC2E can satisfy the requirements is by adding a new SMD, which would bring the average back down to 2,058. (There’s not really an option to simply reduce the size of the ANC itself. The ANC boundaries almost always stay within Ward boundaries, and they generally stay within neighborhood boundaries and natural geographic boundaries, all of which point towards keeping ANC2E the same size)
GM thinks one of the easier solutions would be to take some of the dorms from SMDs 2 and 3 and group them with the rest of the campus to form two SMDs. Then SMD 2 could expand up into Burleith and more into the East Village to bring those SMD’s populations into balance. And SMD 3 could expand into SMD 5 and SMD 6, bring their numbers into balance.
Just a thought.
If you want to serve on the citizens commissions that will be deciding this, you should let Jack Evans office know.