Commerce City begins redistricting work

Survey, meetings to shape city districts, City Council representation

Staff Report
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 1/18/22

Commerce City officials plan to begin rewriting the city’s ward boundaries, starting with a survey and a series of virtual and in-person public meetings. The new boundaries come with the updated …

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Commerce City begins redistricting work

Survey, meetings to shape city districts, City Council representation

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Commerce City officials plan to begin rewriting the city’s ward boundaries, starting with a survey and a series of virtual and in-person public meetings.

The new boundaries come with the updated 2020 census look at the city, and city officials will use those new numbers to draw ward boundaries that make sure each ward contains a similar number of residents.

The city is mailing a governance survey to residents collect resident feedback about the makeup and structure of City Council seats. Depending on community input, council could then call a special election in November 2022 to change the composition of City Council.

Commerce City has four wards. Voters in each ward elect one of the eight members of the City Council. The remaining four councilors are elected at-large, by all voters in the city.

According to the city’s website, the city could maintain the current arrangement, do away with at-large voting and choose all councilors from within the wards or divide each ward in a half and elect all eight councilors from within new wards.

Redistricting the city’s wards to ensure they meet constitutional requirements (such as equal population, racial equality, communities of interest, etc.) following the 2020 Census.

The city plans to host virtual and in-person information sessions to provide an overview of these two processes and answer questions from residents. Please check back at c3gov.com/redistricting for updates.

The first virtual meeting was scheduled for Jan. 19, but virtual meetings are scheduled at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and at noon Feb. 12 via the Zoom networking application.

In person meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Bison Ridge Recreation Center and 6 p.m. March 2 at Eagle Pointe Recreation Center.

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