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Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Concord, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data. For the City of Concord, the redistricting process must be completed by April 2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. You can contact the City to find out more about how the process works.
You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here.
To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and community meetings will be provided in English and Spanish, and other applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings and community meetings, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
The City Council will be holding hearings and community meetings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings and community meetings will be held between Nov. 2, 2021 and April 2022. Check the Redistricting web page to find specific dates, times and locations. You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing us.
The City maintains a webpage on the city’s redistricting process.