Seattle Redistricting Commission Seeks Public Comment on Draft Map of New City Council Districts


Seattle Redistricting Commission Seeks Public Comment on Draft Map of New City Council Districts

The Seattle Redistricting Commission is currently in the process of redrawing the boundaries of the seven Seattle City Council districts. Over the past five months, the Commission has hosted or participated in more than 50 community information sessions, a community survey and seven public forums to gather public input on the redistribution process and its potential impact on neighbourhoods. This process culminated in the adoption by the Commission of a draft map of the new city council district boundaries. Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the draft map and its proposed district boundaries.

“For the first time in Seattle’s history, we are committing to redrawing the lines of the seven city council districts,” said Greg Nickels, chairman of the Seattle redistricting commission. “My fellow commissioners and I take great care to listen to the public as we do our job. The adoption of a draft map is a big step forward in this process.

The Commission’s draft map was generated at an open public meeting of the Seattle Redistricting Commission on August 2 and was informed by public comments submitted over the past five months. The map follows city charter and state-mandated criteria using geographic information system (GIS) expertise and 2020 census data to draw new boundaries and establish compact, contiguous, and roughly equal in population. The map also takes into account additional factors such as, where possible, respecting the boundaries of existing districts, recognizing waterways and geographic boundaries and, where possible, preserving existing communities and neighborhoods. from Seattle.

Public Comment

A discussion of the final draft map will now begin and public comment and input is being sought by the Seattle Redistricting Commission. Members of the public can review the final draft map and provide feedback at https://www.seattle.gov/redistricting/how-to-participate.

The designated public comment period is open from August 3, 2022 until the date the Commission files the final district plan, which is currently scheduled for November 8, 2022, and no later than November 15, 2022.

If you would like a physical copy of the draft map, please contact Logan Drummond at Logan.Drummond@seattle.gov. You can also find a copy at the Seattle City Hall Customer Service Office, located at 600 Fourth Avenue.

Public comments can be made:

  • In person at one of three public forums
    • Public Forum #1: Tuesday, August 8 9th12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Physical location: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Boards & Commissions Room L280
      Virtual link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84697105761
    • Public Forum #2: September – date and time to be determined
    • Public Forum #3: October – date and time to be determined
  • In person at any regularly scheduled meeting of the Seattle Redistricting Commission. Check the Seattle Redistricting Commission website for dates and times.
  • In writing using the Seattle Redistricting Commission’s public comment submission form.

For more information or to request interpretation services for any of the public forums, please contact Elsa Batres-Boni at Elsa.Batres-Boni@seattle.gov or (206) 256-6198.

For more information on the Seattle Redistricting Commission, visit http://www.seattle.gov/redistricting.

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