The public hearing will address the adoption of a proposed ordinance redistricting Carroll County to establish boundary lines for each election district, to provide for election precincts in each election district, to establish boundary lines for each election precinct, and to establish polling places in each election precinct.
Several changes have been proposed to the current redistricting ordinance, including moving all areas north of Galax currently in the Pipers Gap District to the Sulphur Springs District. The area north of U.S. 58 in the Woodlawn area currently in the Pipers Gap District would be switched to Sulphur Springs.
Other changes include the area north of U.S. 221 between Route 100 and Big Reed Island Creek currently in the Laurel Fork District switched to the Pine Creek District; the area south of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the vicinity of what is commonly known as the Cascade Mountain Subdivision area currently in the Laurel Fork District switched to the Fancy Gap District; area south of U.S. 58 between Interstate 77 and U.S. 52 currently in the Pipers Gap District switched to the Laurel Fork District; area north of the Blue Ridge Parkway between State Route 701 (Joy Ranch Road) and U.S. 52 currently in the Pipers Gap District switched to the Fancy Gap District; area south of State Route 97 and west of State Route 620 (Lambsburg Road) currently in the Fancy Gap District switched to the Pipers Gap District.
Under the plan, the Fancy Gap District would be broken up into four precincts – Mt. Bethel, St. Paul, Lambsburg and Fancy Gap. Polling places would be Mt. Bethel Fire Department Sub-Station, St. Paul Intermediate School, Lambsburg Community Complex and Fancy Gap Elementary School for the corresponding community.
The Laurel Fork District would be divided into three precincts – Hillsville B (with polling place Carroll County High School), Laurel Fork (polling place Laurel Fork Fire Department), and Gladesboro (polling place Gladesboro Elementary School). The plan also calls for three Pine Creek District precincts – Dugspur (polling place Dugspur Rescue), Hillsville C (polling place Hillsville Intermediate School), and Sylvatus (polling place Sylvatus Ruritan).
The Pipers Gap District would also have three precincts – Woodlawn D (polling place Woodlawn Intermediate School), Oakland D and Oakland A (both with Oakland Elementary School as the polling place). The Sulphur Springs District would have four precincts – Woodlawn E (polling place Woodlawn Intermediate School), Laurel (polling place Laurel Elementary School), Gladeville (polling place Gladeville Elementary School) and Vaughan (polling place Vaughan Civic League).
Carroll voters would still be able to vote in the at-large district at their respective polling place under the proposed redistricting plan.
Complete lists of each district boundary and each precinct boundary are available online at carrollcountyva.org and at the county administrator's office.
The public hearing for the proposed 2011 Election District changes will be held April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the second floor of the Carroll County Government Center.