A slice of Darien is going into a Stamford district for a state House of Representatives seat in the redistricting plan approved Wednesday by the bipartisan commission drawing new Legislature district lines for both chambers of the General Assembly.
An area near Springdale in Stamford will be in the 147th state House District, rather than the 141st, with the rest of Darien and Rowayton. State Rep. William Tong, a Stamford Democrat who currently represents the 147th, is not running for re-election. The rest of the 147th district is in Stamford.
The area moved out of the 141st District is not exactly specified in the map released by the Reapportionment Commission, but it appears to roughly involve an area north and west of Middlesex Road, Christie Hill Road and Hollow Tree Ridge Road.
The Reapportionment Commission unanimously approved both redistricting proposals, which now must go to the Secretary of the State for her approval before they go into effect. The new districts, if approved by the secretary, would be in place for the 2012 General Assembly election cycle.
The commission, which was facing a deadline today to approve the redistricting proposals, was unable to reach consensus on a plan to redraw Connecticut’s congressional district lines. Under state law, the panel must now ask the Connecticut Supreme Court to give it a 30-day extension to draft and approve a plan.
The nine-member commission began work on redrawing the House and Senate districts in April after it was appointed by the legislature. Connecticut law requires that the districts be studied and, if necessary, their lines be redrawn if necessary, following each federal census. The most recent census was conducted in 2010 and showed that Connecticut’s population grew by nearly 5 percent to about 3.6 million people.
Changes in southern Fairfield County under the redistricting plan approved by the commission, when compared to current district maps approved in 2001, include bringing a portion of Westport residents into the 28th Senate District, bringing portion of Bridgeport residents into the 23rd Senate District and bringing a number of Weston residents into the 26th Senate District.
The House-redistricting plan will bring more Stamford residents into the 149th District and move all New Canaan residents out of the 147th District, while moving some into the 142nd District. In addition, a portion of Wilton residents will now be a part of the the 125th District. There are also signficant changes in the 132th, 133th and 134th Districts in Fairfield.
One of the biggest changes was the creation of a new House district that would encompass largely just the town of Windsor, which previously had been split into three House districts.
The House-redistricting plan that was approved also will shift 994 people in Groton’s 41st District into the 40th District, which is also in Groton. The move, commission members said, was needed to correct an error in the 2010 federal census data, which moved those residents from the 40th to the 41st district.
Commission leaders said the redistricting effort was a daunting task, but a fair and open process devoid of the political shenanigans that often accompany such efforts in other states.
“We didn’t always agree and sometimes things got hot in the room, but this was a fundamentally bipartisan process,” said Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams, a Brooklyn Democrat.
Maps and reports of the commission’s redistricting plans are currently available on the panel’s Web site.
Associate Regional Editor Chandra Johnson-Greene contributed to this article.