While changes envisioned for Charleston City Council's districts on the peninsula have stirred great interest, the opposite appears to be true for the city's proposed new James Island district.
Just two people who were not city officials or news media representatives attended a Thursday night forum to discuss how redistricting will affect the portion of James Island that's in the city. The forum settled into a brief roundtable discussion.
Forums have been held regarding all 12 of the council districts, and City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan for new lines, said Tim Keane, city director of planning, preservation and sustainability. He said council has given initial approval to a plan called "C2," which is expected to be considered, possibly with amendments.
City Council Member Kathleen Wilson, who represents James Island District 12, said after the forum that the changes proposed for her district's lines are minor and that she's satisfied with them. The district will lose an area north of Country Club Drive and lose the Westchester subdivision, she said.
Blakely Adair, who came to the forum to gather information about redistricting for the Riverland Crossing Home Owners' Association, said afterward that the plan "seemed well thought-out," and added, "We won't be affected much by the redistricting."
Keane said redistricting is necessary because the 2010 census showed the city gained about 23,000 residents, and some single-member city council districts grew in population while others shrank, he said the goal of redistricting is to get each of the districts as close as possible to 10,000 residents.
The city hopes to finalize the new lines in time to allow a 60-day U.S. Justice Department review and to meet legal requirements for advertising the election and prepare for a Nov. 8 election for the odd-numbered district seats and the mayor's office, he said.