Last Public Hearing Feb 24
After every census, the Minneapolis Charter Commission updates boundaries of the City’s 13 wards and six park districts to reflect new population counts. The Redistricting Group, made up of 24 Minneapolis volunteers, has built the new maps with input from their communities for the Charter Commission to consider.
Per the City’s Redistricting Project Manager, the new boundaries were drawn with the goal of making the populations equal, while minimizing changes to the existing boundaries and considering communities of interest wherever possible. The primary goal of redistricting is ensuring fair political representation – “one person, one vote.”
Summary of Proposed Adjustments to Ward 13 and Park District 6
Ward 13 – This ward was already within 5% of the target population. However, in response to public feedback and to help ward 7 grow after losing Elliot Park, the West Maka Ska neighborhood was removed from this ward. Having lost this neighborhood, the ward 10 portion of the East Harriet neighborhood was moved into this ward.
Park District 6 – This district needed to grow to be within 5% of the target population. The East Bde Maka Ska and Cedar Isles Dean neighborhoods were added to this district.
The proposed ward and district maps remain subject to change and public comment. Residents may comment online at the City’s redistricting website and/or comment at the final public hearing on February 24. The hearing is public and can be watched in real time on the City’s website, the City’s YouTube Channel, or on Comcast channels 14 or 799.
After completion of the public hearings, the Redistricting Group will finalize the proposed maps and forward them to the Charter Commission, which will consider them at its March 2 meeting.
For a comprehensive overview of the redistricting project, browse the redistricting website.