Draw A Map

Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself!

There are a variety of map-drawing tools available below:

  1. Paper-only maps
  2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel Supplement Kit
  3. A powerful, but also complicated, online map-drawing tool

After you draw your proposed plan(s), be sure to compare them with the other maps posted to the Draft Maps page.

Deadline: please submit your initial map(s) by August 9th. After August 9th you can continue to use these tools to propose revisions to the various initial draft maps. But, by state law, maps to be considered by the Council at public hearings must be posted online and available at City Hall one week before the hearing. So maps to be considered at the August 18th hearing must be posted online by August 11th. To meet that deadline, we ask that maps be submitted by August 9th.

Paper-Only Maps

Option A: You can use the simple one-page map (in English or in Spanish) to draw your proposed districts and calculate the total population

Option B: You can print and use the more extensive “Public Participation Kit” (in English or in Spanish), which contains detailed instructions, the list of line-drawing criteria, demographics for each Population Unit, and blank maps on which you can draw your proposed plan(s)

Supplemental Maps (PDF files, added as requested by Council or the public, coming soon):

  • Latino percentage of Citizen Voting Age Population, by Census Block
  • Asian-American percentage of Citizen Voting Age Population, by Census Block
  • Non-Hispanic White percentage of Citizen Voting Age Population, by Census Block
  • Renters, by Census Tract
  • Census Blocks and PopUnits where Councilmembers reside
  • Household Income $75,000 or higher, by Census Tract

Microsoft Excel Supplement

Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. If you click on the link (in English or in Spanish), you can save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers (on page 4 of the full kit (in English or in Spanish) to assign the Population Units to your desired districts, and Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district.

Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement

If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5×11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries, and switch back and forth between PopUnit ID number labels and total population labels.. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)

Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement

The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool found here at this link. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.

But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. So before you log in, be sure to review the following helpful guides: