San Antonio City Council districts could get a makeover by next summer
San Antonio added more than 100,000 residents since the 2010 Census but that population growth isn't evenly dispersed.
The largest number of residents now reside on the north side in District 8, which is now more than a third larger than District 5.
The population has also grown on San Antonio's outer edges while declining closer to downtown.
Per the city's charter and federal law, single-member council districts aren't supposed to have more than a 10% deviation in population.
Under existing borders, some are too small and others are too large, so new lines must be drawn to balance the population of each district.
What is the process and timeline for redrawing council district borders, and why does it matter? How is the process different now than 10 years ago?
How could the number of districts and their boundaries change? What factors are considered and how could residents be affected?
What's happened at committee meetings so far? What have been the committee's biggest challenges?
What happens next, and how can San Antonio residents learn more and get involved?
The next redistricting advisory committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas (10843 Gulfdale Street).
Click here for presentations from past meetings, a full list of committee members and info about other upcoming meetings.
- Dr. Rogelio Saenz, Ph.D., co-chair of San Antonio's redistricting advisory committee and professor in the Department of Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio
- Bonnie Prosser Elder, redistricting advisory committee co-chair, and general counsel and senior vice president for VIA Metropolitan Transit
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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, February 17.