New York County Council SC District Redistribution Map Information

A vote that will shape everyone else in York County for a decade is not quite ready to be cast.

York County Council postponed a decision Monday night on the new council district boundaries. New district lines are needed to balance population totals after the 2020 census.

High growth areas like Fort Mill will gain representation as the boundaries shrink in area, but will increase in the number of districts serving the city (s). More rural areas would likely see larger districts by area.

The Council has spent considerable time in recent months brainstorming options for swapping neighborhoods or communities to balance changing demographics and federal law requirements for minority representation and voting fairness. The Council has not yet reached its final response.

“There are more discussions that need to be done before I think any of us can really support the map we voted on at first reading, and I don’t want to just keep voting on it,” he said. said City Councilor Robert Winkler, who represents Dist. . 3 in West York County.

The Council hired a voting card specialist to help create the districts. The board and consultant focused on a map that is similar to what they believe will work, but still requires minor changes.

“We are waiting for (the consultant) to also get back to us on finalizing some of their recommendations,” said President Christi Cox, who represents parts of Rock Hill and Fort Mill at Dist. 5.

Keeping communities together

Last month, the Board met late into the night for a workshop on redistribution lines. Members quickly rejected two potential maps, but worked down to the community or even the street level to figure out what to do with Clover, Baxter, the developing Masons Bend in Fort Mill, and others.

Maps that showed options on the west side of Clover – some had it in Winkler’s Dist. 3, others in Advisor Allison Love’s Dist. 2 – highlighted a common theme. The Council wants to keep the communities together.

“I don’t want to share Clover with any of us,” Winkler said.

Love wanted to keep the Roosevelt area with the rest of Clover. She and others spent little time on a map that would have given her district Tega Cay, rather than keeping it with Fort Mill. Winkler had concerns with a map version that showed his district reaching west of Rock Hill.

The rural western York County district that Winkler serves today already feels under-represented compared to the larger towns and cities, he said. A scenario where people there could have their only council seat occupied by a city resident, he said, could make that feeling worse.

“Most of my district has no common interest with Rock Hill,” Winkler said at the workshop. “Western York County would feel like it has no representation. “

Cox knows the challenge from a varied base.

His district has large subdivisions in Fort Mill, the Catawba Indian Nation, properties off Interstate 77 in a growing part of Rock Hill and others in the rural southwest of Rock Hill. Cox said at the workshop that she heard from residents of Fort Mill who saw the population explosion over the past decade as a reason for greater political representation.

“It has always been difficult to represent this region,” said Cox.

Expected card changes

Monday night’s decision postpones the next vote on the card to January 18. Before that, the Council will organize a workshop to finalize the details. If a new card gets the green light on January 18, it will still require a final vote as of February 7.

The new card will likely be a slight modification of the one presented before the deferred vote on Monday evening. This New York County map shows significant changes from the current boundaries:

Ward 1

Today Dist. 1 covers northern Fort Mill and Tega Cay. It includes the areas of Gold Hill, Waterstone, Pleasant Road, Regent Park and Springfield. He has the area of ​​Orchard Park bumping into Baxter, which is heavy at home, which he splits with Dist. 7. Strong population growth will reduce Dist. 1 impression with recutting.

The proposed map keeps all of Tega Cay and the northernmost parts of Fort Mill unincorporated. It includes the entire Market Street neighborhood in Baxter, an addition of houses. It loses everything below Regent Park on the east side, including the massive Springfield subdivision and homes near Ford Nation High School.

Ward 2

The Dist. 2 includes Wylie Lake and Clover. It descends to the Allison Creek Road Peninsula in the east and plunges south to Old York Road at its center. It just touches SC 161 on its southwest border.

The Dist. 2 still has Lake Wylie, which is more populated. He has most of Clover, but loses part of the Roosevelt community. It only includes the northern part of the New Home compound and does not reach Jim McCarter Road on its southern side.

Ward 3

The largest area among the seven districts easily falls into Dist. 3. It covers western York County from the Chester Highway in the south and west to Clover in the north. Its middle section extends as far east as Adnah Church Road.

The new map still shows all of western York County in Dist. 3. He loses property in the south, where he only reaches Turkey Creek. He gains north, notably part of the Roosevelt community in western Clover. At its center, the neighborhood stretches as far east as Rawlinson Road and West Oak Drive to Rock Hill, both adding a considerable number of homes.

Ward 4

The area of ​​downtown Rock Hill falls into Dist. 4. It is the only district in York County where, among the voting age populations, black residents are in the majority. Dist. 4 connects I-77 in the east with Oakdale Road and Saluda Street in the south, Highway 324 and Russell Road in the west, and shortly after Main Street and Dave Lyle Boulevard in the north.

The new map loses area in the northwestern enclosure.

He gains ownership to the Piedmont Medical Center. He loses parts of Firetower Road to the east. The proposed district extends further south to the Marshall Roads and Dunlap Roddey Roads. It also follows Highway 324 further. The district adds land west to Gordon and Parris Roads in the Oakridge area.

Ward 5

Perhaps the most varied base, Dist. 5 now extends from the heavily populated Fort Mill South Corridor along Dobys Bridge Road to the Manchester and Springdale areas in Rock Hill, the Lesslie and Catawba areas in southeast York County and the rural areas or Rock Hill as far west as Chester Highway in McConnells.

The new map shows less Fort Mill, with Dist. 5 starting south of Dobys Bridge. It reaches further west in Rock Hill, up to Anderson Road. It still includes the Catawba Indian nation but goes further west after McConnells to Turkey Creek.

Ward 6

Northern Rock Hill falls in Dist. 6. It includes the regions of Ebinport, Ebenezer, Allison Creek, Mount Gallant and India Hook. It covers both sides of Celanese Road and includes the city’s airport. It also borders Lake Wylie.

The proposed map extends to Aragon Beach, Pennington and Rawlinson roads in the west. There are still both sides of Celanese, now all the way to Meadow Lakes, Ebenezer and Cherry roads to the south. I-77 and the Catawba River border to the east. Wylie Lake borders to the north. The district takes properties south of Main, between Meadow Lakes and Landry Lane.

Ward 7

The Dist. current. 7 connects the Market Street neighborhood in Baxter to the Tom Hall Street corridor in Fort Mill on the north side, passing through downtown Fort Mill and south through the Anderson Road and Winthrop University neighborhoods in Rock Hill. It includes the busy hallways of Dave Lyle Boulevard, Cherry Road, and I-77.

The new map adds more Fort Mill and less Rock Hill for the district.

It covers the areas of Springfield and Nation Ford High School, and the Tom Hall property south to Dobys Bridge Road. He loses ownership north of Cherry to Rock Hill and stops shorter at Oakland Avenue. And that doesn’t extend to Dave Lyle anymore either.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for his media coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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