City Council Approves Redistricting Map

City Council Approves Redistricting Map

POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:24pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:28pm

El Paso City council has settled on a redistricting map, more than 9 months after opening up to input from the community.

Map F was the final choice with a vote of 7 to 1.

Board members said small changes will come with the new map and residents shouldn't expect to see many shifts in current district borders.

However, map F means every district can expect a population increase.

"We go from 70,000 to 81,000 plus or roughly 10,000 to 11,000 more people by district," said David Coronado with the city's planning division.

Since October, an eight-member panel has been working to redraw the districts' boundary lines

This must be done every 10 years after the U.S. Census count.

More than a dozen community meetings were held and more than 30 maps developed.

The city will submit the map to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval.

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