AUSTIN, TX (Sept. 17, 2021) – It took Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) commissioners two and a half hours to vote on and to adopt a preliminary map of new city council district boundaries that is posted on speakupaustin.org and will be shown to the public in the next round of public forums.
"The ICRC has worked tirelessly to incorporate as much information from as many sources as possible into these preliminary maps, including extensive feedback from citizens at a dozen public forums," said District 8 Commissioner Joshua Blank. "Now that we have a map in hand, we're looking forward to hearing even more from the community at our upcoming public forums."
Beginning in July, the commissioners and their mapping specialist have spent eight hours in 12 public forums starting on July 15 through Aug. 27, 2021 discussing the mapping process and listening to public testimony. The ICRC hosted 105 attendees, listened to 48 speakers, collected 50 maps, over 100 emails and listened to two voice messages from the public.
“These maps are a reflection of some great collaboration across all the committee members, public input and in partnership with key local community groups," said District 5 Commissioner Prabhu Kannan. "The commission has worked really hard to be fair, mindful of truly wanting to keep neighborhoods intact and abide by legal guidelines outlined."
After hearing public testimony and deliberating proposed changes to the draft map, 12 commissioners voted to approve the preliminary map on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at the Permitting and Development Center (PDC), 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Dr., Austin, TX 78752.
In advance of the mapping process, the ICRC has scheduled public forums for viewing and discussion of the preliminary maps. The public is invited to attend and give feedback either verbal or written at those meetings at these locations:
Public Forum No. 1
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gus Garcia Recreation Center
1201 E. Rundberg Lane
Austin, TX 78753
Public Forum No. 2
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021: 6-8 p.m.
3505 W. 35th St.,
Austin, TX 78703
Public Forum No. 3
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021: 1-3 p.m.
George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Dr.
Austin, TX 78744
Public Forum No. 4
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021: 6-8 p.m.
Via Videoconference on Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Public Forum No. 5
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Travis County Community Center at Oak Hill
8656 Texas Highway 71
Austin, TX 78735
To submit feedback directly to the commission about redistricting please email: [email protected] or write to: Housing and Planning Department, Attn: ICRC, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767.
Public input forums are recorded and made available after the meetings here.
Past meetings and agendas can be viewed on the commission's website.