For redistricting, communities of interest encouraged to register

Published on July 14, 2021

In March, the Redistricting Task Force presented 10 criteria for redistricting. One of the task force’s high-priority criteria is to recognize communities of interest as a consideration when creating new council districts.

The City Council subsequently adopted a resolution that establishes communities of interest as a high-priority criterion for redistricting.

A community of interest is a local population with shared socioeconomic characteristics and political institutions that would benefit from unified representation. Communities of interest may include neighborhoods, groups of neighborhoods, school attendance zones and similar geographic areas.

In order to assure that they remain contained within a single council district, organizations are encouraged to complete an online form to be declared a community of interest. Even if you are a registered organization with the City of Fort Worth, in order to assure that you are contained within a single council district, complete the form to be declared a community of interest.

About the redistricting process

In 2016, Fort Worth voters approved an amendment to the City Charter to increase the number of City Council members from nine to 11 following the completion of the 2020 Census. The Task Force on Race and Culture in December 2018 recommended the goal of ensuring that the City Council reflects the diverse communities that it represents. 

In March 2021, the Redistricting Task Force presented 10 criteria for redistricting. The task force also suggested that software training be provided to residents who are interested in the redistricting process, and that proposed redistricting plans submitted by residents be analyzed and presented to the City Council.

The group urged transparency in the redistricting process by requiring all map drawing to occur at public meetings, with computer screens visible to all parties.

This summer, city staff is providing software training for interested residents, using unofficial population estimates pending the release of official population counts. During this period, residents may also register communities of interest for redistricting purposes.

In addition, the task force requested a joint work session with the City Council, to be held sometime in the fall after the U.S. Census Bureau releases block-level population data from the 2020 census. The Census Bureau is expected to release these population counts by Sept. 30, 2021.

Learn more about the redistricting process and how you can get involved. 

 

 


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