Now that the results of the 2020 census are available, the data will mean boundary changes for some areas of the city. At the Administrative and Community Services (ACS) committee on Thursday, the committee heard some details about the proposed changes to the first reading of the ordinance before voting unanimously to amend the ordinance.
State law dictates that ward boundaries should be nearly equal in population, compact, and contiguous. Urban planner Emily Calderon said the proposed new neighborhood map was drawn up using certain parameters. The target population for each ward was set by dividing the city’s total population of 26,808 by the number of wards of seven, setting the target population for each ward at 3,830 people. Five percent above or below this target is considered acceptable.