Do you know about the Ward Redistricting-changing Ward boundaries due to the population changes?
Wards 2, 6 and 7 had the largest increases in population, so those three wards are going to need to decrease in size (geographic area) in order to make all of the wards approximately equal in population. So if you look at the current ward map, wards 3 and 4 are going to increase somewhat, which will cause wards 1, 2 and 5 to shift slightly to the east, and wards 2, 6 and 7 will also decrease in size.
Are there issues with the current boundaries that could be addressed? Are there problems that could be caused by changing the boundaries, and that we should seek to avoid?
A particular challenge that has been discussed by the Charter Commission is how potential boundary changes would affect #3 (e) in the City’s redistricting standards:
- Communities of Interest. The location of ward boundaries should attempt to preserve neighborhoods where they exist; recognize new and emerging neighborhoods resulting from development, population growth or demographic changes; and encompass other significant communities of interest in the city, including voters sharing similar social, economic and cultural affinities or characteristics, where it is practicable to do so.
In other words, if some current residents were to be moved into a different ward, are there communities of interest that could be divided?
For questions or feedback about potential changes to ward boundaries, please send an email to CharterCommission@ci.stpaul.mn.us
You are invited to attend the following meetings regarding redistricting:
Thursday, March 10 at 4:00 PM and will be held remotely.
Members of the public may monitor and provide public testimony at this meeting by:
1. Online: https://tinyurl.com/stp-redistricting
2. Join by phone: (612) 315-7905, Conference ID: 283 392 702#
The Charter Commission will still be holding public hearings on the following dates:
Friday, March 11 at 3:00 PM at Rondo Community Library
Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 in Room 40 at City Hall
The agendas for these upcoming meetings are attached and available at the City’s website. For more information call 651-266-8560.