Council to Announce the City Charter Districting Process
Residential Districting Process Begins in 2021
[Columbus, OH] In 2018, Columbus
residents passed a charter amendment to enhance neighborhood advocacy and
amplify community voices inside City Hall. The vote added two Council seats to
bring the total number to nine while establishing residential districts for
each seat. On December 1, 2020, Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy
announced the intent to form the Council Residential Districting Commission
(CRDC) to draw the district maps.
“In 2018, the electors of our great
City voted to authorize a plan to modernize how members of council represent
Columbus residents,” said Councilmember Remy. “This transition
will assure each member of Council represents not only the City at large but
also the community they live in and experience daily.”
Charter requirements, the CRDC will consist of five members, four appointed by
Council through an application process. The Mayor and Council President will
select the final member who will also serve as the chair. The commission will
be seated no later than March 1, 2021. Elected officials (except precinct
committee members), lobbyists registered with the City, candidates for elected
office, and City staff are not permitted to apply.
commission will host at least nine public meetings and create three map
options. Each plan will outline the boundaries of the nine districts where each
member must live. By the close of 2021, Council must adopt one of the three
proposed maps without making any changes.
are a growing City with unique communities, and every voice deserves to be
heard," said Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “This
citizen commission will develop three maps based on national best practices to
ensure every neighborhood is represented on Council.”
commission will automatically dissolve following final map approval. All nine
members of Council will run for a seat in 2023 based on the new residential
To learn more about
the commission, visit www.columbus.gov/districtingcommission.