Pierce County District Committee approves final map – The Suburban Times


Pierce County Council announcement.

The Pierce County District Committee approved new boundaries for the seven Pierce County Council districts at its December 16, 2021 meeting.

The adopted map adjusted the boundaries to account for growth over the past 10 years, as identified by the 2020 census. Pierce County’s charter states that all seven council districts are to have roughly the same number of inhabitants so that people are also represented by an elected member of the council.

“The final adopted map holds communities and neighborhoods together and maintains compact, contiguous districts that provide fair representation to residents of Pierce County,” said committee chair Frank Cuthbertson.

The new population of Pierce County is 921,130, according to the 2020 census. In equal parts, that would place 131,590 people in each municipal district. The district committee requested proposals from districts with a deviation of 2% or less, which was largely achieved in the adopted map.

Notable boundary changes include the Graham region located between Districts 1 and 3 due to significant growth over the past 10 years. Previously it was fully encompassed in District 3.

District 5 has expanded north, encompassing Tacoma Tideflats, the City of Fife, Dash Point and Brown’s Point, while District 4 has seen its boundaries shift west and District 2 has seen its boundaries shift. to the east. These changes reduced the number of districts that include the city of Tacoma from four to three. District 6 now includes McNeil Island, which was previously located in District 7.

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Distribution of the population by district:

  • District 1: 130 767
  • District 2: 130,427
  • District 3: 128 872
  • District 4: 133 640
  • Ward 5: 130 757
  • District 6: 133,768
  • District 7: 132,899

Due to delays in releasing census data, the district committee had to work quickly to select a district master, review draft maps, and ultimately approve the final map – all before the end of this year.

“I am proud of the committee’s work under the abbreviated timeline and the willingness of members to work together to find common ground,” said Cuthbertson. “I would like to thank the appointed members who gave their time to ensure that fair and equitable limits were approved. I would also like to thank the public for their participation in this process.

The map is official once filed with the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

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The final adopted plan as well as the documents of the previous meeting can be found online.

Additional information about the district committee is described in Pierce County Charter Articles 4.40, 4.50 & 4.60, including how the districts are drawn, the formation of the district committee, the nomination process, the deadlines and the process of creating new district maps and their adoption.

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