The two major City Council districts in Buckhead – District 8 and District 7 – will likely shrink as Atlanta begins its redistricting process.
The city will hold a council redistricting work session on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at Atlanta City Hall. In order to account for 2010 census data, each of the city’s 12 districts must have a population of 35,000. Buckhead representatives Yolanda Adrean, District 8, and Howard Shook, District 7, each have more than 35,000 people.
Adrean said it would likely mean the districts would shift on the southern lines of the district boundaries.
“My preference would be I lose no one,” Adrean said. “It’s a process that’s driven largely by law. You just have to see what makes most sense in terms of community interest and constituents being served by another one of your colleagues.”
The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods reported via e-mail, “Similarly, Council Districts 2, 6, and 8, which are adjacent to Council District 7, also have more than 35,000 people and will also have to fit into smaller boundaries. On the other hand, most of the other council districts in the city have lost population and will need to grow in land area to include more people.”
According to the city, new district boundaries must be in place by Aug. 2012 in order for candidates to qualify for the one-year residency required to run for City Council in 2013.
The following is the redistricting timeline for this year:
Thursday, Oct. 13– first Council Redistricting Work Session – 10 a.m. in Committee Room 2, Atlanta City Hall, located at 55 Trinity Avenue. Proposed plans and maps will be presented and discussed
Friday, Oct. 14 — Proposed plans and maps will be placed on display for public review via redistricting website http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/REDISTRICTING.htm and in the City Council Lobby, Suite 2900, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.
Thursday, Oct. 20 — First Redistricting Public Hearing at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.
Thursday, Nov. 3 — Second Council Redistricting Work Session, 10 a.m. ; Committee Room 2; Further discussions of proposed plans and maps
Friday, Nov. 4 – Current revision of plans and maps placed on display for public review via redistricting website http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/REDISTRICTING.htm and in the City Council Lobby, Suite 2900, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.
Thursday Nov. 17 — Second Redistricting Public Hearing – 6 p.m..; Council Chamber, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave.
Monday, Dec. 5 — Charter Amending Boundary Line Change Ordinance moves forward from the Committee on Council to the Full Council for adoption.
Tuesday, Dec. 20 — City Attorney submits adopted and approved redistricting legislation to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Georgia Secretary of State, and Georgia State Legislative Reapportionment Office