Reapportionment Committee adds new proposal for ward redistricting

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | 8:02 p.m. CDT; updated 8:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Ward Reapportionment Committee introduced a third plan for redistricting the ward populations at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The new plan, Trial D, expands the west side of the First Ward southward from Broadway to Stewart Road. The plan is based largely on a map proposed at the 2001 reapportionment hearings that lost by a 4-3 vote.

The committee also agreed unanimously to bring all three proposed maps to the upcoming public hearing, despite having previously recommended Trial A.

The committee is responsible for redrawing ward lines to balance the population of the wards based on 2010 census results. All three plans expand the First Ward to compensate for its slow population growth.

Trial A expands the First Ward east to include the Benton-Stephens neighborhood and west to include apartment complexes beyond Stadium Boulevard, taking territory from the Third and Second wards.

Trial B expands the First Ward north along Range Line Street, adding a portion of the second ward to its boundaries.

The reapportionment public hearing is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall Council Chambers.

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Kip Kendrick July 12, 2011 | 11:29 p.m.

Plan B is the direct way to address rapid growth in Ward 2 and slow growth in Ward 1.

Plan B causes the least amount of disruption to current city wards.

Plan A and D cause unjustified disruption to Ward 3. There is no numerical reason to make any adjustments to Ward 3 as it is less than a 3% variance from the target population of 18,063.

Attend the hearing and ask the committee to pass Plan B. The plan that makes sense and is least disruptive to constituents.

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