Fairfax County may rename its nine districts for the Board of Supervisors and School Board, along with voting precincts.
In an effort that began mid-January, the Redistricting Advisory Committee will evaluate these district and precinct names with a focus on equity, as tasked by the Board of Supervisors. The group will recommend if any districts should be renamed — but the committee will not propose new names.
Ultimately, the Board of Supervisors will decide if and how to make any name changes after it reviews the committee’s recommendations.
The committee will likely finalize its recommendations report during their Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting which is tentatively scheduled to be their last. Per its charter, the group must finish its work by March 1.
The committee scheduled meetings twice a week virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The committee evaluates district and precinct names based on seven criteria, including if a name is geographically confusing or not representative, or associated with the Confederacy, segregation, racism or slave ownership. The committee is also asking the public to recommend districts that should be renamed.
The committee created three workgroups to look more in-depth at the names nominated for further evaluation.
At their Jan. 18 meeting, the committee initially selected the following districts and precincts for further evaluation and discussion:
- 616 Gunston (in Mount Vernon District)
- 709 Mosby (in Providence District)
- 705 Graham-Greenway (in Providence District)
- 608 Hollin Hall (in Mount Vernon District)
- 930 Lees Corner (in Sully District)
- 732 Oak Marr (in Providence District)
- 730 Penderbrook (in Providence District)
- 115 Ravensworth (in Braddock District)
- 236 Stuart (in Hunter Mill District)
- 422 Van Dorn (in Lee District)
As a result of the committee's deliberations, the group has refined its unofficial recommendations on these districts and precincts.
- Read the committee's last version of its draft recommendations report (Feb. 15) on the district and precinct names it evaluated.
How to Offer Your Input
Before March 1, offer your thoughts, comments and concerns, including:
- Recommending any districts or voting precincts you think should be renamed
- Expressing your agreement or disagreement
- Explaining any community or economic impacts that would result from a name change