2023 Council Redistricting
On August 22, 2023, the City Council completed its seven-month process to create four (4) new City Council districts with the adoption of Ordinance 1406, which implemented the will of the Cibolo voters from the November 2021 election. During this time, the City Council provided Cibolo residents multiple opportunities to provide feedback with two (2) public town hall meetings, an online survey, and four (4) public hearings at City Council meetings. The Council redistricting was necessary to balance City Council districts following the 2020 United States Census Bureau. The adopted Cibolo Redistricting Plan was submitted to Guadalupe County Elections Offices on September 5, 2023, so that the new City Council districts will be in place for upcoming elections in November 2024, November 2025, and beyond.
What does the adoption of a Redistricting Plan mean?
In November 2021, Cibolo voters approved an amendment to the City's Home Rule Charter, including changing from seven (7) single-member districts to four (4) single-member districts and three (3) at-large. The City Charter amendment included transitional language on how and when this change would occur and the adoption of Ordinance 1406 on August 22, 2023, implements the City Charter change regarding Council districts:
Upon the release and acceptance of the 2020 Census, but no earlier than November 15, 2022, the city shall appoint a demographer to develop the new four districts for the city, which will need to be approved by the city Council. the four Council members elected in November 2021, will continue to serve the Districts that were in place at the time of their election. The three Council members elected in November 2022 will continue to serve the Districts that were in place at the time of their election. In November 2024, elections would be for newly created Districts 1 and 4 and at larger council districts 5 and 6. In November 2025, elections would be for newly created Districts 2 and 3 and at large council district 7 and Mayor.
On March 28th, City Council approved Resolution 1637 that established criteria that must be met when creating new councilmember district boundaries and adopting a districting plan for the City's four (4) single-member city council districts:
- Easily identifiable geographic boundaries should be followed.
- Communities of interest should be maintained in a single district and reasonable attempts should be made to avoid splitting neighborhoods.
- In drawing council districts, the City Council shall avoid splitting census blocks unless such action and necessary and can be done in reasonable assurance of conformity with federal law.
- Districts must be configured so that they are relatively equal in total population according to the 2020 federal census. In no event should the total population deviation between the largest and the smallest district exceed ten percent as compared to the ideal precinct size.
- The districts should be compact and composed of contiguous territory. Compactness may contain a functional, as well as a geographical, dimension.
- Consideration may be given to the preservation of incumbent-constituency relations by recognition of the residence of incumbents and their history in representing certain areas.
- The plan should be narrowly tailored to avoid racial gerrymandering in violation of Shaw v. Reno.
- The plan should not fragment a geographically compact minority community or pack minority voters in the presence of polarized voting or otherwise discriminate against protected groups so as to create liability under the Voting Rights Act.
- To the extent practicable, districts should be composed of whole voting precincts. Where this is not possible or practicable, districts should be drawn in a way that permits the creation of practical voting precincts and that ensures that adequate facilities for polling places exist in each voting precinct; and splitting census blocks should be avoided.
On May 2, 2023, City Council met for a Council Redistricting Map Drawing Workshop and reached consensus to proceed with two redistricting options. The City Council sought public input on two redistricting maps in advance of future public hearings. View these options here:
Redistricting Map 1 Option
Redistricting Map 2 Option
Following the Town hall on August 15th, there was a suggestion to move the new Red River Subdivision from District 4 to District 2. This was to allow for anticipated growth in District 4. View these options here:
Redistricting Map 1A Option
Redistricting Map 2A Option
Redistricting Meeting Dates:
|October 25, 2022
|Redistricting Overview and Request for Proposals Process - Item 12I
|January 24, 2023
|Award of Contract for Redistricting - Item 10C
|March 28, 2023
|Initial Assessment - Item 11A and 1st Public Hearing - Item 7A
|May 2, 2023
|Initial Redistricting Map Drawing Workshop
|May 31, 2023
|Redistricting Town Hall Meeting Presentation
|July 25, 2023
|Second Public Hearing & Comments; Assessment of Plans
|August 8, 2023
|Third Public Hearing & Comments; Assessment of Plans
|August 15, 2023
|Town Hall Meeting #2
|August 22, 2023
|Fourth Public Hearing & Adopt Final Plan
Current Council District Map (7 Districts)
City of Cibolo Ordinance 1406
During this process, public feedback was requested through an online form. The results are listed below:
|Number of surveys submitted
|Selection of Map 1
|Selection of Map 2
|Neighborhoods that participated
|Bentwood Ranch, Buffalo Crossing, Charleston Parke, Cher-on, Cibolo Valley Ranch, Cibolo Vista, Deer Creek, Downtown, Enclave at Turning Stone, Enclave at Willow Point, Gatewood, FoxBrook, Landmark Pointe, Mesa at Turning Stone, Red River Ranch, Saratoga, Stonebrook, Turning Stone, Falcon Ridge, Bella Rosa, Town Creek West
|Dates the feedback form was open to the public
|May 28, 2023 - August 22, 2023