City of Dallas to host meetings on preferred redistricting maps
The Redistricting Commission is close to selecting a final redistricting map.
Redistricting, which happens every 10 years after the Census releases its data, is the process of redrawing the city council districts from which council members are elected.
In late 2021 and early 2022, the Redistricting Commission held eight townhalls to get public input, and in April, commissioners selected two preferred plans: COD – 017 and COD – 041. The Commission will offer amendments to those two preferred plans during their May 2 Map Amendment Workshop meeting.
Residents will have an opportunity to share feedback to those amended maps during a public hearing at City Hall – Council Chambers on Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. Individuals who would like to offer feedback during the May 7 public hearing must register at bit.ly/2021RDCTH by 10 a.m. the day of the meeting.
Community involvement and participation is critical to the success of the redistricting process and now is the time to offer feedback as the Commission selects its preferred plan,” said Jesse Oliver, Redistricting Commission Chair. “Please join us for our public hearing on May 7 so that you can express any concerns or insights on the plans.”
Commissioners plan to select their final map during their May 9 meeting. Residents who want to give public comments during the May 2 or May 9 redistricting commission meetings must register via email at [email protected] by 10 a.m. the day of the meeting.
Earlier this year, the City Council appointed a 15-member Redistricting Commission to develop the districting plan based on the latest decennial counts in compliance with the Dallas City Charter and federal law.
The new districting plan will be implemented at the next general election of Dallas City Council members conducted at least 90 days following the date the final districting plan becomes effective for the City, currently projected for May 6, 2023.