The Seattle Redistricting Commission is seeking feedback on proposed Seattle City Council borough boundary changes

The Seattle Redistricting Commission is seeking feedback on proposed Seattle City Council borough boundary changes

The Seattle Redistricting Commission continues its process of investigating how to redraw the boundaries of Seattle’s seven boroughs and is inviting community members to provide feedback on four different maps. Members of the public can view and contribute to the maps at https://www.seattle.gov/redistricting/how-to-participe.

During the regularly scheduled October 25 Seattle Redistricting Commission meeting, the commission discussed various revisions to the official amended draft map, which was approved on October 18, 2022. These revisions are presented below as discussion cards.

Commissioner Nickels proposed a discussion card which:

  • Uses I-5 as the primary boundary for Districts 1 and 2.
  • Keeps Pioneer Square and West Seattle intact in District 1.
  • Completely holds Chinatown International District and Beacon Hill in District 2.
  • Completely holds the central district in District 3.
  • Uses I-5 as the boundary for Districts 5 and 6.
  • Keeps Magnolia whole and along with Queen Anne in District 7.
  • Keeps Eastlake and Fremont intact in District 4.
  • Keeps Lake City and Northgate intact in District 5.
  • Keeps Ballard intact in District 6.

Commissioner Juarez proposed a discussion card that:

  • Extends the southern end of the District 6 and District 7 boundary along 28th Ave W from W McGraw St to W Howe St. This will remove the rapidly rotating boundary connecting W McGraw St, Condon Way W and 30th Ave W followed before meeting with W Howe St.

Commissioner O’Sullivan sponsors a discussion card submitted by a community member that:

  • Moves Magnolia territory west of 15th Ave W and down to the Magnolia Bridge in District 6.
  • Moves the area between Aurora Ave N and Stone Way N, between NE 50th St and Lake Union, in District 6.
  • Moves all of Eastlake to District 7.
  • Moves all blocks in First Hill bounded by I-5, Boren Ave, and James St to District 7.
  • Moves the University of Washington to District 3.
  • Moves entire Green Lake and Meridian east of Aurora Ave N, south of NE 85th St, west of I-5 and north of NE 50th St in District 4.
  • Districts 1, 2 and 5 remain unchanged.

The public is encouraged to provide public comments on these proposed adjustments. The Seattle Reddistricting Commission plans to vote on a final map at its meeting on Tuesday, November 8th. The public comment period remains open until the commission submits the final district plan on or before November 15, 2022.

Make a public comment

  • In person or online at the special session of the Seattle Redistricting Commission on Monday, October 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The session will be held at Seattle City Hall, Room L280, 600 4th Avenue. The public can also participate online.
  • In written form using the Seattle Redistricting Commission’s Public Comment Submission Form.

If you would like more information or would like to request interpretation services for any of the sessions, please contact Elsa Batres-Boni at [email protected] or (206) 256-6198.

To obtain a physical copy of the revised map design, please contact Logan Drummond at [email protected]

For more information about the Seattle Redistricting Commission, visit seattle.gov/redistricting.

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