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Thank you to all residents who submitted maps. The period for submission ended on March 14, 2020.  

Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you could draw a map yourself.

Map-drawing tools include:

  1. Paper-only maps
  2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel Supplement Kit
  3. A powerful, but also complicated, online map-drawing tool

After maps are submitted, the City’s demographic consultants generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. All submitted maps are posted to the Draft Maps page.

The period of map submission has ended, but interested residents may still access the map creation tools below.

To submit comments about the maps for the City Council hearing at 4 p.m. on April 16, please email or leave a voicemail at 760.776.6317 at least one hour prior to the start of the meeting. Due to the novel coronavirus, these meetings will be held virtually. 

Paper-Only Maps

Draw your proposed map on any city map, or click here to use the PDF map developed for this project. Instructions, including how to submit your proposed map of districts, are on the one page PDF file.

Additional Demographic Data

Microsoft Excel Supplement

Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. First, download and save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers (either the PDF map or the online interactive map) to assign the Population Units to your desired districts. Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district.

Excel kit: English version

Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement

If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5×11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries, and switch back and forth between PopUnit ID number labels and total population labels.. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)

Online Districting Tool

The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool at this link. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.

But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. So before you log in, be sure to review the following helpful guides:

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