On Friday, December 17, 2021, Goochland County released Goochland’s Proposed Redistricting Map that proposes revisions to the boundaries of the county’s five election districts to ensure equal representation for county voters in future elections.
As citizens may know, the county’s current election districts were created after the 2010 US Census and the proposed revisions are to accommodate the county’s population growth based on the data from the 2020 US Census.
The Proposed Redistricting Map follows all legal requirements and other criteria adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The proposed districts are substantially equal in population, contiguous and compact, the same basic shapes, and move the fewest number of voters; a full list of legally required and approved redistricting criteria can be found at www.goochlandva.us/redistricting. The Board of Supervisors specifically directed staff not to consider protection of incumbency for any local official, so that information was not collected or considered in creating the Proposed Redistricting Map.
Goochland County welcomes citizens’ thoughts and comments about the Proposed Redistricting Map. The county is providing numerous ways for residents to provide their comments and ensuring that everyone’s comments are shared with the community through the Redistricting website, www.goochlandva.us/redistricting. Citizens are encouraged to provide their comments online through a dedicated portal on the Redistricting website (www.goochlandva.us/redistricting), via email to Redistricting2021@goochlandva.us, or by mail to Goochland County Administration, P.O. Box 10, Goochland, VA 23063.
Citizens are also encouraged to take the opportunity to attend one of the 5 community meetings scheduled in January. The meetings are not district-specific; citizens can attend any meeting. They can also participate in any of the community meetings through Zoom if they prefer not to participate in person. All community meetings will be recorded, transcribed, and posted to the Public Comments page of the Redistricting website (www.goochlandva.us/redistricting).
Below are the dates and locations of the January community meetings. To participate via Zoom, citizens can use this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3873207344?pwd=YVhJdktpdzBPV0p5ZVd0THAvTE1GUT09) or dial one of these numbers (+1 312 626 6799 / +1 929 205 6099 / +1 301 715 8592) and enter the Meeting ID: 387 320 7344 and Passcode: 472341.
|January 5||Goochland County Administration Building, Board Meeting Room 250|
1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Goochland
|January 5 ||Goochland County Administration Building, Board Meeting Room 250|
1800 Sandy Hook Rd., Goochland
|January 10||Hope Church|
12445 Patterson Ave., Richmond
|January 12||Byrd Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room|
2704 Hadensville Fife Road, Goochland
|January 20||Salem Baptist Church|
465 Broad St. Rd., Manakin-Sabot
The county will be collecting public comments on the Proposed Redistricting Map through February 1, 2022. Then county staff will summarize the public comments and present them to the Board of Supervisors at a special meeting on February 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. At that meeting, if the Board of Supervisors makes any changes to the Proposed Redistricting Map, a revised map will be created and posted to www.goochlandva.us/redistricting for an additional 15-day public comment period.
The Board of Supervisors plans to hold a public hearing on the final redistricting map on March 15, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the county’s Board Room, Room 250 of the County Administration Building at 1800 Sandy Hook Road.
All Goochland citizens are encouraged to participate in the county’s election redistricting process! For additional information on the redistricting process please visit www.goochlandva.us/redistricting.