Redistricting September 2011

    The major question to be resolved is how the Panhandle should be allocated into two Council Districts. In the current County District Map the Panhandle District (District 1)  has almost enough population (21,226) to make two Council Districts at 10,950 each. The current District 1 consists of an urban area to the north and a rural area to the south. Logic would indicate that the urban area should have one representative and the rural area the other. The urban area can be defined as the area north of the southern border of Sun City. The urban area north of this line has a population of about 13,000 and the  rural area to the south a population of about 8000.

    If one begins  at the northernmost point of the County and moves south until the population of the sector reaches 10,950, the line runs through Sun City. The question of how to divide the current District 1 into two districts thus becomes one of how to divide Sun City. If Sun City is entirely included in the Southern (rural) District, it is necessary to include some area to the south  in the Northern District. This is the approach Council has adopted (Council Preferred Map), mainly because Councilman McCullough, who lives in Sun City, prefers to represent the Southern (rural) District.

    There are two other ways to resolve this situation. One is to include Sun City in the Northern (urban) District. This approach has the advantage of logic; Sun City has far more in common with the urban area to the north than with the rural area to the south. If this is done it is necessary to include area on the east side of Route 521 in the Southern (rural) district (Map Sun City North). In this map the southern border of the Northern (urban) District begins at the intersection of Van Wyck Road and Rte. 521 and swings around the southern border of Sun City to the Catawba River. From the same point at the intersection of Van Wyck Road and Rte. 521 and moves north along Rte. 521eventually crossing to the North Carolina line a little ways south of the Wal Mart store. The area to the east of this line is included in the Southern (rural) District. This seems to make a certain amount of sense, because the area included in the southern district is more rural than Sun City, but is still essentially urban in outlook. In this case Councilman McCullough would continue to represent the Northern (urban) District and the Southern (rural) District would elect a new Council representative.

    The last way to resolve this situation is to divide Sun City. If Sun City is divided into the old and new parts and the old part is included in the Northern (urban) District and the newer part is included in the Southern (rural) District, it is necessary to include much less of the area to the east of Rte. 521 in the Southern District. (Map Sun City Divided). In this case Councilman Mc Cullough would continue to represent the Northern (Urban District) and the Southern (rural) District would elect a new Council Representative.