The Metro Planning Department said Wednesday it has received 2010 U.S. Census Bureau information to be used in redrawing, among others, Davidson County’s 35 Metro Council districts and nine school board districts.
Planning department officials said preliminary processing of the figures has begun, and proposed new council district boundaries will be available online for public review and comment beginning Wednesday, March 23. The department is attempting to propose new districts in a timely fashion so that the new district boundaries can be used in the Aug. 4 council elections.
A new planning department webpage (http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/redist.asp ) provides information on the Metro Council redistricting process. The page is also linked directly from the department front page; it currently displays existing council district lines based on the 2000 Census and explains the guidelines that the department will follow in the redrawing of new district boundaries. The page will be updated regularly with maps showing potential new district boundaries and includes an email link for public comment.
Three community meetings have been scheduled to discuss and explain the process. Half the time of the public sessions will be directed to current council, board of education and Metro Planning Commission members, with the remaining time devoted to council candidates and the general public. Planning department staff will make short presentations and be available for informal discussion. There will be no formal public hearings, but written and verbal comments will be accepted.
The meetings are slated for Wednesday, March 23, at the Sonny West Conference Center, Howard Office Building, 700 Second Ave. S.; Monday, March 28, at Metro Southeast, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike; and Wednesday, March 30 at the Sonny West Conference Center.
The planning commission will meet in a special session at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Metro Southeast to consider potential new district boundaries. Once approved by the planning commission, the redrawn council and board of education boundaries will go to the Metro Council for final approval.
The council can set its own timeline for that process, but is expected to fast-track the effort so as to finalize about four weeks prior to the May 19 deadline for candidates to file their documents. This will give those candidates who find themselves in a district other than what they had originally expected time to regroup with their campaigns.