The council adopts criteria to guide the ward boundary process. Those criteria are likely to address such issues as the allowable range of difference in populations among wards (in 2001, the City used a guideline of +/- 5 percent and +/-3 percent in 2011), anticipated growth in wards over the next 10 years, and such factors as neighborhood organization borders, geographical features and population demographics.
The actual redrawing of boundaries awaits preparation of the 2020 census data and transfer of that data to our local mapping system. The mapping itself will consider the distribution of population throughout the city, as well as the geographic and other features that help shape our community. Staff will prepare ward boundary options incorporating up-to-date population figures and reflecting criteria adopted by council. Council will review the data and ward boundary options, obtain public input, and select a plan that makes sense.