Districting Committee releases redistricting plan for public review
September 22, 2011 · 12:56 PM
The King County Districting Committee on Monday voted 5-0 to release a single King County Council redistricting plan for public review and comment.
The plan is now online at www.kingcounty.gov/districting.
The Committee will hold a public hearing on the plan Oct. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the King County Courthouse, Council Chambers, 10th Floor, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.
The public may also provide online testimony through Oct. 3. The public hearing is the last phase of public review prior to final action by the Committee.
"This redistricting plan was carefully drafted to balance population, meet legal requirements, and incorporate the public input we received," said Committee Chair Terrence Carroll. "I greatly appreciate the Committee members' hard work and their willingness to come together to find solutions that serve the people of King County."
The Districting Committee's public process included seven public hearings in Bellevue, Des Moines, Kent, Kirkland, Seattle and Shoreline. The Committee released four draft redistricting proposals in June that explored different approaches to meeting redistricting requirements.
"Public testimony raised new ideas and helped us better understand communities of interest," Carroll said. "Public input helped members come together around common principles and reach unanimous agreement on a proposed plan three months ahead of schedule."
By law, Council district boundaries must be redrawn after each U.S. Census to make each district as nearly equal in population as possible. The target population for each 2011 Council district is 214,583. All districts in the proposed plan are within one-quarter of one percent of the target.
Under the law, the new district boundaries must be compact, contiguous, and composed of economic and geographic units. To the extent feasible, the districts must correspond with the boundaries of existing municipalities, election precincts, census tracts, recognized natural boundaries, and preserve communities of related and mutual interest. Population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party. A final plan must be approved by Jan. 15, 2012.
The County Charter places sole responsibility for redistricting with the independent, citizen Districting Committee.
Four members were appointed by the King County Council in January: Rod Dembowski, John Jensen, Sally Nelson, and Sally Poliak. The four members chose mediator, law professor, and retired Superior Court Judge Terrence Carroll to serve as Chair. The contracted Districting Master (GIS expert) is John Schlosser of Schlosser Geographic Systems, Inc.
Proposed 2011 King County Council Districts
Map - Medium-resolution JPG
Table - Plan Profile
Map - Google Maps overlay
Data - Census block assignment data