It’s all local politics
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Every 10 years, after the US Census is completed, political representation lines are redrawn based on population and demographics based on the theory of one person one vote.
Such is the case occurring now. Several months ago Fort Bend Commissioner’s appointed a committee to analyze the census numbers and draw appropriate lines across Fort Bend County. Although there are three maps up for debate, the map labeled #3 appears to be the front runner. Map #3 was voted on unanimously by the committee members who were present at the final meeting and has been proposed to the Commissioner’s Court for finalization.
However, in order to fulfill requirements, public hearings must be held so that Fort Bend residents have an opportunity to voice their opinions. Those three meeting are scheduled for July 26 at 1 p.m., in Commissioner’s Court, at the Travis Building at the Richmond Courthouse complex on US 90A, later that same day at 6 p.m., in JP 3 Courtroom located at 22333 Grand Corner Drive near Katy at the new Annex building and the third meeting will be the following day, July 27 at 6 p.m., at the JP 2 Courtroom located at 303 Texas Parkway in Missouri City.
In a Pecan Grove meeting in late June, Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers presented all three maps and indicated that Map #3 was the one that best fit the bill. Meyers explained the committee process. He said the committee was complied of 15 members; three members appointed by each Commissioner and three appointed by the County Judge. Initially the Pecan Grove neighborhood, an established community for some 30 years, was going to be divided between two precincts. There was such an uproar and so many phone calls in protest from that community, Map #3 was developed which left the neighborhood together as a whole.
When reviewing Map#3, the Pecan Grove subdivision will remain in Precinct 3 and the Quail Valley subdivision will move from Prescient 2 into Prescient 3. Other changes included in Map #3 are to extend Precinct 2 north along the far east county line all the way from Missouri City to FM 1093/Westheimer Road around Precinct 4. Some of the far northeast Fort Bend neighborhoods like Mission Bend and a couple along north FM 1464 will move from Precinct 3 to Precinct 2. Several of the new neighborhoods that are currently in Precinct 3 that border Texas 99/Grand Parkway, will be moved from Precinct 3 to Precinct 4. Three of those neighborhoods are Long Meadow Farms, Waterside Estates, and Waterview. Many of the other changes will impact undeveloped areas around the county, said Meyers.
By using the numbers developed in the census, Precinct 1 will have a population of 142,968, Precinct 2 will have a population of 150,170, Precinct 3 will have a population of 143,463 and Precinct 4 will have a population of 145,909.
Although Map #3 appears to be the front runner, it remains to be seen which one the Commissioner’s Court will select to send to the Justice Department for final approval.
Remember, to speak to your elected officials, the meetings for public comment are at Commissioner’s Court on July 26 at 1 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Travis Building, located at 309 S. Fourth Street in Richmond, Texas. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., July 26 in the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Courtroom, located at 22333 Grand Corner Drive in Katy, Texas and the third and final meeting is scheduled at Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Courtroom at 6 p.m., on July 27, located at 303 Texas Parkway in Missouri City, Texas.
Speak up and let those who represent you know what you want.
To see the new redistricting maps, go to www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/home click on redistricting button. The map favored by the committee is option # 3.