The Council District Boundary Commission will continue its consideration of options for the realignment of Richardson’s City Council district boundaries with a second public hearing at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.
The Commission began its deliberations on three options at a public hearing April 24, which allowed commissioners to receive public input on the proposals. A City web page is available to review the potential options in advance of the public hearing.
On Jan. 30, the City Council appointed the City Plan Commission to serve as the Council District Boundary Commission. Since then, members have met biweekly to decide on district boundary criteria and to review options for new boundaries.
The City Charter requires the election of seven City Council members, four elected to “places” that correspond to geographic districts and three elected at-large. The Charter also requires that the City Council appoint a Redistricting Commission every 10 years (after the U.S. Census is complete) to review the district boundaries and ensure population equality. Current district boundaries must be realigned because population growth in some areas of the city has led an imbalance in the population distribution among districts.
New district boundaries must be approved by the City Council by ordinance no later than July 30, 2012.
Click the link below for information on the City Council district boundaries: