SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The City of Santa Rosa has opened its online redistricting map tool to members of the public to assist them in submitting a draft map of the city with new district lines. This online draft map tool, called DistrictR, represents the next step in the city’s redistricting process.
Once a decade following the national census, city council districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each council member represents approximately the same number of constituents. The current district election lines used to elect all seven Santa Rosa City Council members is based on the 2010 U.S. Census data. With this new tool, residents can easily take part in the redistricting process by drawing new district lines for elections based on the updated 2020 U.S. Census data. The public is invited to assist in this process by submitting a draft map now on the DistrictR website.
Individuals, who do not wish to use the online tool, can submit a hard copy of a draft map by picking one up at the City Clerk’s office at 100 Santa Rosa Ave., Room 10, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Hard-copy draft maps can be dropped off or mailed after they are drawn.
City Council will be presented with maps for the first time at the Jan. 25 council meeting. Council is expected to review and propose revisions for draft maps during public portions of the March 1 and March 25 council meetings, with the potential to approve a map at the March 25 meeting (though no later than April 12, if needed). In addition, a meeting for the public is rescheduled to February at the Finley Community Center for the public to learn more about redistricting and to submit maps in person. Until approved, residents may submit maps using DistrictR, in person at the City Clerk's office, or by mail; however, no new maps will be considered once the final maps are posted at the start of the seven-day window prior to final adoption. At this time, that submission deadline is estimated to be March 21.
For more information about upcoming public meetings and all methods to submit a map, go to srcity.org/Redistricting.
Edited on 1/13/22: Deleted mention of Jan. 20 meeting, which has been postponed due to recent surge in COVID-19 cases.