Last night, the Ward 6 Redistricting Task Force unanimously approved an ANC redistricting plan that keeps Hill East, Pennsylvania Avenue, Barracks Row and Eastern Market in the same commission area. You can view the initial plan on the task force blog. The plan is almost identical to a proposal submitted by Rosedale resident Rob Stephens, with two modifications:
- At the request of Commissioner Francis Campbell (6B10), St. Coletta of Greater Washington, which was redistricted from Ward 6 to Ward 7, will be drawn into a 6B single member district (SMD). A big thanks to Commissioner Campbell for making this request, which I strongly support. This move, and the task force decision to draw Kingman Park into ANC 6A, will have to be approved by the DC Council.
- The southern half of Lincoln Park, currently in 6A, will be moved to 6B.
The task force is also researching whether near Southeast, the area south of the freeway that includes Nats Park, Yards Park and Capitol Quarters, should be drawn into 6B or stay with ANC 6D, the commission that represents Southwest. Near Southeast Commissioner David Garber (6D07) informed the task force that a majority of residents in his SMD would like to be included in ANC 6B. Other 6D commissioners have asked the task force to keep near Southeast with the Southwest ANC.
Task force working groups will be drawing the SMD boundaries for each commission this weekend. Antonette Russell (former ANC 6B09 commissioner, Ken Jarboe, Donna Scheeder and Tyler Merkley are assigned ANC 6B. The initial SMD boundaries will be revealed and discussed during the Monday, Aug. 8 Ward 6 Redistricting Task Force Meeting, 6:30 pm, Theater Church (formerly “The People’s Church), 535 8th Street SE. I plan on attending and tweeting.
Thanks to everyone who urged the task force to keep Hill East with Barracks Row and Eastern Market in ANC 6B!