Correction: It was reported that District 4 would shrink geographically by being pushed down by the new proposed District 3. Rather, District 3 would geographically shrink by being pushed up by District 4. The News regrets the error.
New political boundaries have been drawn in Bryan County, but the change still awaits a final vote from county commissioners. That vote is set for the board’s regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the County Administrative Complex in South Bryan.
Due to the results of the 2010 census, population in the north and south end of the county has changed so drastically that two districts in the north no longer offer even population distribution for the county, County Administrator Phil Jones told commissioners during a workshop Tuesday at the administrative complex.
While each of the county’s five districts will be adjusted, the biggest changes will be to districts 1 and 2, which make up North Bryan.
Jones presented to commissioners two options for redistricting the county. The first option would shift the western border of District 2 farther west and shift the southern border of districts 1 and 2 farther south into districts 3 and 5, which make up parts of Richmond Hill city limits.
The second option would shift the eastern border of District 1 farther east and shift the southern border of District 2 farther south to include portions of districts 3, 4 and 5, which includes most of Richmond Hill city limits.
The second option would also shift District 3 toward the Ogeechee River across the northern portion of District 4. The geographical size of District 4 would seemingly shrink with its new northern border being pushed down below District 3.
Jones explained the two districts in North Bryan total around 9,700 people compared to about 20,500 people in South Bryan – which does not coincide with the state law that mandates districts’ population be within 2.5 percent of the others.
Read more in the Aug. 6 edition of the News.