WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The General Assembly has released yet another set of redistricting maps. The maps propose new lines for state Senate, state House and US House districts in North Carolina based on the 2010 Census.
The new US House map does not appear to affect southeastern North Carolina any differently than a version released earlier this week. The plan would move the northwest corner of New Hanover County, including downtown Wilmington, and much of western Pender County from the 7th District into the 3rd District.
The state House plan would mean several changes for our five-county area.
Pender County would be in District 16 with western Onslow County.
New Hanover County would be split into three districts. District 20 would serve the northeastern part of the county, including much of Wilmington outside of downtown. District 19 would wrap around the southern part of Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach and down to the southern end of the county. District 18 would start east of downtown Wilmington and expand west into northern Brunswick County. The rest of Brunswick County would be in District 17.
All of Columbus County would be in District 46 with a strip of Robeson County east of Lumberton and the southwest corner of Bladen County. The rest of Bladen County would be in District 22, which heads north through much of Sampson County and a small piece of southern Johnston County.
Columbus and Bladen Counties would move in the state Senate plan. District 8, which currently serves Brunswick, Pender and Columbus would lose Columbus but gain Bladen. Columbus County would move to District 13 Robeson County. New Hanover stays by itself in District 9.