City Council to hold public hearing on City Council Ward boundaries

UPDATE, 8/2/22: Due to a miscommunication regarding agenda posting, this meeting has been canceled and is now scheduled to take place 8/9/22 at 6:30 p.m. at Norman City Hall. 

PUBLISHED 7/27/22: The City Council will hold a public hearing to solicit comment on proposed City Council Ward boundary changes at 5:30 p.m. August 2 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 201 West Gray Street. 

The City Charter requires the City of Norman Reapportionment Ad Hoc Committee present a proposal to the City Council equalizing the population among the wards after they receive the results of the Federal Decennial Census. Currently the difference between the largest and the smallest ward is 4,386, which is 27.41% of the average ward population of 16,003. The goal of the committee is to lower percent range of the difference from the average ward population among the wards to no more than 10%.

The City Council appointed the Reapportionment Ad Hoc Committee on March 26, 2022.  The committee held its first regular meeting on May 25, 2022, a Public Hearing on June 15, 2022, and a second regular meeting on July 6, 2022. At the July 6 meeting, the committee voted to forward Resolution RAHC 2223-1 detailing a proposed plan for ward boundary changes to City Council. The proposed plan reduces the overall range of the percent difference from the average ward size to 10%. The proposed plan modifies all of the wards.

In addition to equalizing the population, the committee strives to create compact wards with easily identified boundaries and avoid splitting precincts where possible. They also focus on keeping neighborhoods and areas of common interest intact.

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