Boschert Plan Draws Criticism

Shipley's Choice Residents To Fight Proposed Council Boundaries

November 13, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

More than 100 Shipley's Choice residents are expected to turn out ata County Council meeting tonight to protest a redistricting plan that would divide their community.

"We are planning a big presentation," said Jeff DeCaro, president of the Shipley's Choice Homeowners Association.

The County Council redistricting plan was introduced by Councilman David Boschert, D-Crownsville. Three council members have co-sponsored the measure, which needs five votes to pass.

The proposal rejects the recommendation of the Charter Revision Commission -- a group appointed by council members who spent four months studying the issue.

Boschert's plan would leave Crofton in South County and the Broadneck peninsula intact. The commission's plan had put Crofton in Boschert's West County district and Lower Broadneck in a district with Annapolis.

Boschert said he wasn't motivated by a desire to keep Crofton out of his district. He said his plan moves only six of 132 precincts, half as many as the commission's plan.

"I think it's the best plan for Anne Arundel County, and I'm hoping this will come out inthe public hearing," Boschert said.

District 5, represented by Councilwoman Diane Evans, R-Arnold, grew faster than any other districtin the last 10 years and must lose 7,000 residents.

Faced with the choice of moving Lower Broadneck, Berrywood or Shipley's Choice outof the district, the commission at first chose to move Berrywood. When Berrywood residents protested, the commission moved Lower Broadneck out of the district and left Shipley's Choice and Berrywood intact.

Boschert's plan deals with the same problem by splitting Shipley's Choice.

DeCaro said the community will present its own plan tonight -- with the backing of the Greater Severna Park Council, he hopes-- that would move part of the district north of Berrywood into a district with Pasadena.

The plan would leave Shipley's Choice, LowerBroadneck and Berrywood intact, making the district larger than other districts, but within the commission's target.

Severn residents may also oppose Boschert's plan because it divides that community more than the commission's plan.

Boschert's plan also maintains the current concentration of minority residents in the Annapolis-area district. The commission's plan had increased the concentration slightly at the request of black leaders.

The meeting begins 7:30 p.m. at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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