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Post Date:12/03/2019 4:25 PM

Draw a Map

Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself!

 There are a variety of map-drawing tools available below:

1.       Paper-only maps

Draw your proposed map on any city map or use the PDF kit developed for this project. Instructions, including how to submit your proposed map of districts, are on the PDF kit.


2.       Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals

Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. First, download and save the Excel file (five districts) to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers (either the PDF map of Population Unit ID numbers or the online interactive map) to assign the Population Units to your desired districts. Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district. 


3.       Interactive Review Map

If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5×11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries, and switch back and forth between PopUnit ID number labels and total population labels.. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)



4.       Online mapping tool to draw maps census block by census block and submit maps electronically

The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.

But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first.

So before you log in, you must create a user id and be sure to review the following helpful guides:

One-Page tool reference sheet in English and in en Español 


Submit maps to or to the City Clerk’s office (maps drawn using the online mapping tool are submitted electronically). After you submit your map, the City’s demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.

Additionally, the next deadline to submit draft district maps will be January 16, 2020 by 5:00pm.  Any maps received by this deadline will be released on January 21, 2020  along with any revisions to the three focus maps above and will be considered at the January 28, 2020 public hearing. 

District maps submitted to date are now available on the Draft Maps Page, go

All draft maps will be posted seven days in advance of the City Council hearing.  Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.

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