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Austin’s 10-1 Redistricting Commission Finishing Up Final Round Of Public Input August 27th

Austin, TX — The City’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be finishing up its last round of public input for the Preliminary map of the new City Council districts tomorrow on August 27th starting at 11am in a Zoom call. That meeting information is here:

Residents of all City Council Districts: Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission Virtual Public Meeting #2

Members of Austin’s 10 City Council Districts and the public are invited to attend a virtual public meeting to provide public comment and feedback on the communities’ current district map and to hear from the ICRC and the work being done on the new City Council district maps.

When: Friday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Via Videoconference

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FvRbBtg0QWirQxYWmBuTzA(External link)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you would like to leave written feedback and upload an annotated map of your own, please visit this link, then click on the “Event Feedback” tab. It will prompt you to register for the site. After you register, you can take the survey and upload any documents you would like the commission to consider.

The 14 selected commissioners will gather public input and adopt a final plan for the district boundaries. March 2021 through November 2021. New districts in effect for the November 2022 election.

Citizens who sign up today via email can speak tomorrow for 3 minutes. Emailed letter input to the 10-1 commissioners can also be sent in to icrc.commissioners@austintexas.gov c/o matthew.dugan@austintexas.gov. No deadline on the email.

After tomorrow’s hearing, the Commission’s lawyer/mapper George Korbel will take two weeks to draft the complete 10-district Preliminary map that will be presented to the public for further comment starting mid-September. Two weeks of public comment will be taken on that Preliminary map through the end of September.  In October, the new Council Districts map will go through a Final draft to be completed by Nov 1.

 

The new Austin City Council districts map is expected to change substantially, possibly dramatically.  The new 2020 Census data shows more minority gentrification has take place in East Austin (largely due to tax increases) than many had expected.  Additionally, the city has grown substantially by population around the perimeter of the city, and less so by population in the internal parts of the city.

We will be following and reporting on the proceedings of the ICRC, as it will affect Council races expected to start in November of this year (2021).

More on the ICRC meetings here: https://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/116_1.htm.

Austin 2020 Census changes report:  http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=365925

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