Detroit City Council has selected a new map for the purpose of redrawing city council districts.
The city’s Law Department submitted three proposed changes to Detroit’s seven council districts in November to reflect the 2020 Census data, as required by the city charter. The department recommended that council members review and adopt the new district boundaries — which must be compact, connected and relatively equal in size — by January 2024.
The city considered six options in total throughout the redistricting process, holding several public meetings to discuss each of the proposed maps.
On Tuesday, eight council members voted for option six, with only District 2 Councilwoman Angela Whitfield Calloway voting for another option to minimize the impact on her district, the Detroit News reported.
The council’s goal was to keep districts as close to existing boundaries as possible while making sure each one had roughly equal population of about 90,000 residents.
The new City Council districts will take effect in January 2026, just as the next City Council is sworn into office. Detroit will elect its mayor and City Council in November 2025.
The redistricting process occurs every decade.
Other headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024:
- The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission has scheduled three public meetings for this month to give Detroiters an opportunity to share their thoughts on the commission’s reconfiguration of multiple Detroit area state House districts.
- Ford Motor Company has posted a fourth quarter loss of $523 million, blaming the loss on the effects of a six-week long UAW strike against Detroit’s automakers.
- General Motors is recalling more than 300,000 heavy duty pickup trucks because of a problem with the tailgate.
- The city of Detroit is inviting residents to attend its Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting, both virtually and in-person, at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management headquarters, 13331 Lyndon, Detroit.
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