ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA – The City of Arroyo Grande, like other California cities, is moving to a district-based election system. Districting determines how neighborhoods and communities are grouped together for the purpose of electing a City Councilmember. Residents have an opportunity to participate in the districting process by submitting their own map.
The City is offering residents different mapping tools to gain insights about the City and draw maps for consideration. The mapping tools include:
- Paper maps with population counts that can be printed from the website, drawn on and submitted to the City via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off at or mailed to City Hall located at 300 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.
- A simple online map drawing tool called DistrictR, which enables residents to digitally draw or “paint” neighborhoods or communities of interest on top of an Arroyo Grande map.
- An interactive review map where residents can explore population numbers and other statistics, as well as view and analyze draft maps once they are available.
- Story Map, which utilizes an interactive “storytelling” format so that residents can learn more about their community through geographic, demographic and other data.
The State of California released official 2020 Census data and the City’s mapping tools have been updated accordingly, and are available on the City’s Districting webpage at www.arroyogrande.org/DistrictElections
The map submission deadline has been extended to February 8, 2022 at 5 PM to allow more time for the public to submit updated maps with 2020 census data. All maps will be accepted, regardless of whether they were produced using estimated data prior to the release of official 2020 Census data. Community members can submit as many maps as they would like throughout the entire districting process.
Once the City receives map submissions from the community, the draft maps are reviewed by the City’s demographer. All submitted maps will be posted on the City’s website and taken to the City Council to consider for final adoption. The first round of maps will be reviewed by the City Council at the next Public Hearing on February 22, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The deadline to submit maps for consideration at this Public Hearing is February 8, 2022. For a complete schedule of the remaining public meetings, visit arroyogrande.org/DistrictElections.
To view the agenda materials for upcoming public hearings, please visit http://www.arroyogrande.org/751/Agendas-Minutes. To sign up for information about future public meetings, please visit https://www.arroyogrande.org/list.aspx to subscribe to the City’s email list or email email@example.com.
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Jessica Matson, City Clerk