Council Residential Districting Commission Releases Sample Columbus District Map
process to conclude by end of 2021, with updated maps to come
[COLUMBUS, OH] Today, September 1, 2021, the Council
Residential Districting Commission (CRDC) released its first draft of a
district map for Columbus City Council districts.
Thus far, the CRDC has held a series of eight public outreach
meetings, six public working sessions and conducted an online survey that
garnered thousands of results. All of the feedback gathered at these meetings
and in the survey helped to inform the process to draw this map. The map draft
released today is based on 2010 Census data, meant to demonstrate the CRDC’s
utilization of community feedback in the process. All future maps will use 2020
Census data, which will be available for use in the next few weeks.
View the first draft of the Council Residential District Map HERE. Within this online
tool, residents are able to focus on a hyper-local level to view district boundaries
and provide feedback that will be shared directly with the CRDC.
"We are so excited to share our work with the public,"
said Commission Chair Malik Moore. "I am grateful to have done a small
part of the work with an amazing team of people. I will feel blessed to witness
the work we started continue to grow and I believe one day we will see every
voice lifted up. In a City as diverse as Columbus, the sky's the limit."
“After hearing from residents in every corner of the City, as
well as reviewing the survey results that more than 2,000 residents filled out,
I am excited to put out our first map for public feedback," said
Commission member Monica Cerrezuela. "These initial comments from the
public will be instrumental in helping us create additional maps as we dive
into the 2020 Census data and how we account for Columbus' 15% increase in
population over the last decade.”
process has been open and transparent, but the work isn't done," said
Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy. "I'm eager to
advocate that residents across Columbus participate and engage with this
exciting process as we move along -- attend a working session or send the
Commission an email. The future of our City will be determined by these maps
by the end of the year, and public feedback couldn’t be more important."
“As the citizen-led Commission changes the
future of the City’s legislature, it is critical to show its work along the
way,” said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “While this first map is
just a draft, it is important to get resident feedback to inform the future
View the September 1, 2021 draft map here.
The CRDC will continue open, public
meetings. Residents are encouraged to follow Council's social media channels
and further emails for information on future events and map releases as they
take place. The main places to watch will be on Facebook Live or on the City of Columbus' YouTube channel, where you
can watch all past public meetings.
Council will approve one of three final
draft maps produced by the CRDC by the end of 2021, and the districts will be
in place for the 2023 Columbus City Council election cycle.
For more information, visit www.columbus.gov/districtingcommission/ or
email [email protected].