Last night, Charleston city council’s Committee on Redistricting met for the first time to discuss possible redistricting scenarios for wards in the city.
A 21-ward solution would keep the current number of council members, but could combine neighborhoods with dissimilar issues.
On the other hand, a possible 20-ward solution could better preserve neighborhood representation, council members said, but would result in the loss of one council member.
You can read more about the discussion of that committee and the reasons for redistricting in today’s story.
The city manager’s office sent us PDF versions of the proposed 20-ward and 21-ward options today, and I’ve posted them below. If the maps are hard to read, you can download them via the link near the bottom left corner.
Remember, these are only proposals, and nothing has yet been decided. The council committee could also ask to move some boundaries to differ from the proposals.
To see how these maps compare with the current setup, visit city council’s webpage. A map of current wards is found at the very bottom.
For the most part, the 21-ward plan looks similar to what exists currently, with the exception of Wards 1 and 2. Concerns were raised particularly about Ward 1, which would connect North Charleston and part of the South Hills via the Patrick Street bridge.
The proposed 20-ward solution, while generally keeping neighborhoods together, has greatly different boundaries in some part of the city than what exists currently.
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The Committee on Redistricting will meet next on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.