Redistricting is triggered by changes in population such as the release of new Census figures, annexation, etc. The annexation of Greatwood and New Territory triggered the need for a redistricting process.
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Redistricting is process used to ensure single-member Council districts are substantially equal in population with a maximum deviation no greater than 10 percent between the most populated and least populated council member district.
Federal and state law requires single-member Council districts to be configured so that they are relatively equal in total population according to the 2010 federal census. This is a requirement of Amendments 14 and 15 of the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act and the Texas Government Code.
The redistricting process has absolutely no impact on school district boundaries. Only the city’s single-member Council district will be affected. Again, it’s a requirement of state and Federal law.
Public meetings will be held during the redistricting process to receive public comments on the proposed redistricting plans; meeting dates and times will be published on the city website. The public can also submit other redistricting plans for council consideration. Redistricting plans submitted must meet the established criteria and guidelines.
Online - Information on the process, related documents, meeting video, and more will be posted on the city website at www.sugarlandtx.gov/redistricting Public Meetings - Public meetings will be held during the redistricting process to receive public comments on the proposed redistricting plans; meeting dates and times will be published on the city website. Archived Meeting Video - Redistricting Advisory Committee meetings will be recorded and available to view online on the next business day after the meeting is held.
The city of Sugar Land is divided into four geographically defined voting districts, each represented by a single elected official.
The city of Sugar Land has four single-member districts. City Council is comprised of a mayor and two at-large positions elected by the entire city and four single-member positions elected by residents who live in each district. To determine your current district, use the following links.
No. Although it is recognized that existing districts will have to be altered to reflect new population distribution, any districting plan should, to the extent possible, will be based on existing district.
Sugar Land City Council appointed a citizen-led Redistricting Advisory Committee charged with making a recommendation on a redistricting plan to the City Council for their consideration. Ultimately, City Council will decide which redistricting plan is approved.
The citizen-led committee will make a recommendation to City Council for their approval.
As part of the ongoing redistricting process the Redistricting Advisory Committee has reviewed several options or “plans”. One of the first group of plans prepared by our consulting attorneys would have included parts of New Territory in three separate Single Member Council Districts. However, other options are also being considered. The Redistricting Advisory Committee’s is charged with making a recommendation on Redistricting that will ultimately be rendered to the City Council for consideration and action. The City of Sugar Land encourages you to learn more about this process and stay engaged through our redistricting page. All Redistricting Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.