Prince William County supervisors approved a redistricting map Tuesday that renames the Dumfries district and answers the outcry from residents to keep certain neighborhoods whole when redrawing district boundaries.
“I came to say ‘thank you’ to everyone,” Prince William resident Connie Moser said at the meeting. “I feel like we were all listened to, and our opinions were taken into consideration.”
The new map outlines the county’s seven magisterial districts for the next 10 years and redistributes the 400,000-plus Prince William residents. Through the redistricting process, supervisors also changed the name of the Dumfries district to Potomac. Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan represents the district.
County officials said the Urban Land Institute recommended renaming the district almost 10 years ago when it conducted a study on how to revitalize the Route 1 corridor. The land institute conducts research on land use trends across the country and also proposes creative solutions to land-use issues, according to its Web site. Urban Land Institute officials had said naming the Dumfries district Potomac would connect the community with its natural resource, the Potomac River.