Residents of Houston City Council’s District C will have the opportunity to provide input on the process for drawing new district lines during a town hall meeting May 3 at 6 p.m. at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd. , Houston.
District C council member Abbie Kamin will lead the meeting alongside city officials.
The city must redraw the lines of its municipal districts every 10 years to take into account new demographic data from the decennial American census. According to the city redistricting site, priorities for drawing new lines include maintaining an equal population in the city’s 12 districts, easily identifiable geographic boundaries, undivided county electoral districts, preservation of incumbent and voter relations, and the prevention of the reduction of electoral power by demographic concentration or dilution.
District C — which covers the Heights, Garden Oaks, Montrose and Meyerland, among others — is overpopulated by 15%, according to a March 29 redistricting submission to the Houston Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, District H — which is adjacent to District C and covers Woodland Heights, Northside Village, and Northline — is 17% underpopulated, suggesting that parts of District C could be redrawn into District H.
At an April 25 redistricting meeting focused on District H, residents said they want their neighborhoods to stay together when the lines are redrawn and the city takes diversity into account.
Residents who wish to draw their own map as commentaries may do so using a computer at the Houston Planning and Development Department office at 611 Walker St., Houston. The offices are located on the sixth floor. All proposed plans must be submitted in writing no later than July 20. Plans should be based on 2020 census data and cover the entire city.
At the May 3 meeting, officials also plan to provide updates on District C’s capital improvement projects, which residents can also provide feedback on.
A meeting for District G, which covers River Oaks as well as the Energy Corridor and Memorial Area, will have the opportunity to give its opinion on May 12 at 6 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane, Houston. A final town hall will be held virtually on May 25, after which a draft plan will be created with the new lines. Public hearings for the redistricting project will begin in July.