Council Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

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What is redistricting?

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by conducting  public hearings and/or workshops. 

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of council representation. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

What do the existing council districts look like? (click map below)

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What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party. Along with complying with Federal and State election laws, the City of Newport Beach is also bound to following City Charter Section 1005 Districts.

How Can I stay Informed?

The City will keep the public informed through this website (https://www.newportbeachca.gov/redistricting)  or you can sign up for email notifications and choose the category "Council Redistricting" here. By signing up, you will be notified in-advance of public hearings, community workshops, or any other public petrification opportunities throughout the redistricting process. All draft maps will be posted online before adoption. Any questions regarding the redistricting process should be directed to:

Dan Campagnolo, System & Administration Manager
Community Development Department
949-644-3231
dcampagnolo@newportbeachca.gov