With a Nov. 1 deadline simply months away, the Unbiased Residents Redistricting Fee is shifting at an unusually quick tempo to carry public hearings in every Metropolis Council district, draft new district traces primarily based on delayed 2020 census knowledge, collect public enter, and undertake a closing 10-district map within the fall.
Final week, the 14-member fee kicked off the primary of 10 public hearings at Metropolis Corridor, in District 9, adopted by a public listening to Thursday in District 10 and one other one set for Saturday in District 7. On high of that schedule, the fee held its common assembly Wednesday night time.
Led by Chair Christina Puentes and Vice Chair Luis Gonzalez, the fee has additionally moved rapidly to rent its authorized counsel, David Richards and George Korbel. Christine Granados will function the ICRC’s administrative supervisor.
On the first listening to July 15, Puentes laid out town’s redistricting historical past, demographic knowledge, and the fee’s challenges forward: “Between the time we obtain the information from the census bureau and the Nov. 1 deadline, we might want to draw preliminary maps, current them to the general public in every (Council district) and take public enter, then revise the maps, current the ultimate maps two extra occasions and take public enter, after which undertake the ultimate plan. That’s quite a bit to do in that very brief timeline,” she stated.
Because it stands now, the redistricting knowledge wanted to redraw district boundaries is anticipated to be launched between mid-August and late September. The software program to decipher the uncooked knowledge is not going to be accessible till the top of September.
With public hearings for districts 9 and 10 accomplished, the remaining boards are scheduled as follows:
- District 7: Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Northwest Recreation Middle, 2913 Northland Drive
- District 8: Tuesday, July 27, 6-8 p.m., Girl Chook Johnson Wildflower Middle, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
- District 4: Saturday, July 31, 2-4 p.m., Gus Garcia Recreation Middle, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane
- District 6: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m., Spicewood Springs Department Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Highway
- District 3: Saturday, Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m., Ruiz Department Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.
- District 2: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 6-8 p.m., location pending
- District 1: Saturday, Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Middle, 1165 Angelina St.
- District 5: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m., Manchaca Highway Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
- Digital public discussion board, August, date and time pending
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