2020 City Council Redistricting

Planning Phase

Overview

The City Clerk sets the Council District boundaries every four years (per City Charter) to ensure districts remain comparable in population as the city grows. The districts were last re-aligned in 2016 and the City Clerk is now reviewing the districts ahead of the April 6, 2021 General Municipal Election.

Preliminary Map and Redistricting Report

In accordance with the City Charter and City Code, Colorado Springs City Clerk Sarah Johnson released a preliminary City Council Redistricting Plan for the six City Council Districts on October 1, 2020.

View the preliminary map | View the full report

Report Highlights

Colorado Springs 2020 population by City Council District

 

2020 Population

District 1

76,670

District 2

86,315

District 3

78,142

District 4

76,785

District 5

77,895

District 6

86,007

City

481,814

Preliminary Council District Plan

 

2016

Plan

Deviation from 2016
Ideal District Population

2020 1

Proposed Plan

Deviation from 2020
Ideal District Population

District 1

72,701

-583

-0.8%

81,707

1404.67

1.75%

District 2

73,209

-75

-0.1%

79,904

-398.33

-0.50%

District 3

73,931

647

0.9%

80,788

485.67

0.60%

District 4

73,958

674

0.9%

79,847

-455.33

-0.57%

District 5

73,647

183

    .2%

80,254

-48.,33

    -.06%

District 6

72,440

-844

-1.2%

79,314

-988.33

-1.23%

City

439,706

 (deviation spread 2)

(2.1%)

481,814

(deviation spread 2)

(2.98%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideal District Population

73,284

(6-district population)

80,302

(6-district population)

2 Overall deviation spread is the total percentage from minimum to maximum.

1 This table shows 2020 population as distributed by the preliminary district report.

Twenty precincts proposed to change districts

Precinct

2016
District

2020
District

134

2

6

141

2

6

142

2

6

143

2

6

144

6

1

145

6

1

150

6

5

154 6 5
155 6 5
156 6 5
166 6 5
186 5 4
196 6 4
412 5 6
414 5 6
416 5 6
419 5 6
445 6 2
601 4 3
650 6 4

Pros and Cons of the prosed changes (with associated precincts)

Pros:

  • Equalizes the population in all six districts
  • Provides for future growth in population developing areas within Districts 2, 4, 5 and 6
  • Establishes the School District 11 boundary line as the dividing line between District 2 and District 6 in the area covered by precincts 134, 141, 142, and 143
  • Brings together more of the Vista Grande neighborhood into District 1 with precincts 144 and 145 changes  
  • Brings together the entire Village Seven neighborhood into District 5 with precincts 150, 154, 156, and 166 changes
  • Moves the airport and developed area around it into District 4, which the area is closer to, with the precincts 196 and 650 changes
  • Unites the Springs Rach neighborhood and Springs Ranch HOA into District 6 with the precincts 412, 414, 416 and 419 changes
  • Establishes the School District 20 boundary line as the dividing line between District 2 and District 6 in the are covered by precinct 445
  • Unites the entire Quail Lake neighborhood into District 3 with the precinct 601 change

Cons:    

 

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  • Moves the larger portion of the Knob Hill Neighborhood AssociationGenerally, the biggest difference between an HOA and an NA is that an HOA has dues and enforceable covenants, whereas a neighborhood association may or may not have dues and generally will not enforce covenants. into District 4, but leaves the remaining small portion in District 5 with the precinct 186 change
  • Moves the larger portion of the Platte Avenue business district into District 4 with the remaining small portion in District 5 with the precinct 186 change
  • Divides a small portion of the area known as Banning Lewis Ranch into Districts 4 and 6 

Ways to comment on the Preliminary District Report

Electronic

Other Alternatives

  • By mail or in person: City Clerk's Office, 30 South Nevada Ave, Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • By phone: (719) 385-5901, option 4
  • By fax: (719) 385-5114

Attend the Protest Hearing on October 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • In Person: City Administration Building, 30 South Nevada Ave, Suite 102, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Virtually: Attend via Microsoft Teams (no download is required): link to event

Resource Center

The six City Council Districts must be re-aligned based on population every four years according to City Code 5.1.3-Election Districts and City Charter 2-10(b).  This review must occur in the even-year prior to the odd-year election.  The districts were last re-aligned in 2016 and it is now time to review the districts prior to the April 6, 2021 General Municipal Election for a four-year term of all six City Council District seats.

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Committee

Districting Process Advisory Committee (DPAC)

The City Council has appointed an advisory committee to aid the City Clerk in gathering citizen input for re-aligning the six City Council districts. The committee consists of seven members representing each of the six City Council districts and one at-large member:

  • District 1 – Hank Scarangella
  • District 2 – Carlos Perez
  • District 3 – Mollie Decost
  • District 4 – Jeannie Orozco
  • District 5 – Jeff Mohrmann
  • District 6 – Jessica Smith
  • At-Large – Maureen Christopher

The Districting Process Advisory Committee (DPAC) will:

  • Conduct public education efforts
  • Conduct at least one public meeting in each election district to solicit public input
  • Prepare a DPAC preliminary and final report that summarizes the public input and makes a  recommendation of election district boundaries

The City Clerk will:

  • Release a preliminary district report and map after the DPAC gathers citizen comment
  • Conduct a public hearing on the City Clerk’s preliminary district report
  • Prepare a final City Clerk district report on setting the district boundaries no earlier than November 5, 2020 and no later than December 5, 2020 pursuant to City Charter

 


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