Following a June 29 meeting, the Lone Star College System District Maps were officially approved after a process of approximately six months.
Paige Martin, a lawyer at Thomspon and Horton who advised the board on the redistricting process, said there had been a total of 19 meetings and forums between the board and the community, as well as a dedicated website containing information.
“We think this card is a wonderful representation of all the feedback we’ve received,” Martin said. “We are confident that this card complies with legal and practical requirements in the best possible way.”
The LSCS is required to redistrict every 10 years as national census data is released and reflects population changes between elected districts.
Lisa McBride, partner of Thompson and Horton, said the adopted map tried to prevent constituency splits so residents were not “straddling two constituencies”.
McBride said that at the start of the decade, the population difference between the most and least populated district was about 38%. The new card brings the difference to 9.8%.
“There’s a lot of diversity in your system as a whole that’s appropriately reflected in your single-member districts,” McBride said.
Worst affected was LSCS District 1 which fell from a population of 279,244 in the 2020 census to 245,674 with the approved map. Board member Mike Stoma represents this district.
McBride said the new card will be phased in as directors’ terms expire. The map was adopted unanimously and can be viewed here.