Columbus City Council approves new residential neighborhood map

Data: City of Columbus; Map: Thomas Oide / Axios

The new Columbus City Council district map is officially in place and will be in place the next time citizens go to the polls.

Driving the news: Council members approved the new card among the three options available on Monday.

  • The map shows nine neighborhoods of around 100,000 inhabitants each.

Why is this important: The change will shape representation at City Hall going forward with leaders hailing from all parts of Columbus.

Inventory: The Council currently has seven members who serve in a “general” capacity. Each represents the entire city and can live anywhere.

  • In 2018, voters backed a charter amendment creating residential neighborhoods and adding two more seats.
  • A citizens’ commission held numerous hearings in 2021 and considered public comments before submitting three final draft maps to Council.

What they say: Although some residents criticized the map in hearings and via an online tool, municipal councilor Emmanuel Remy defended the new lines before Monday’s vote.

  • “We understand that there can be unique differences between neighborhoods, and that’s okay,” says Remy of neighborhoods that group together different parts of Columbus. “Because that’s what makes our city so attractive.”
  • “(Card projects) don’t create dividing lines, they create lines of collaboration.”

Yes, but: The entire city will always vote for candidates in the nine races rather than each being decided exclusively by a district constituency.

Be smart: Find your new neighborhood with this interactive map.

  • The two of us at Axios Columbus will end up having the same board member. District 2 represents!

And after: The cards will be used in the 2023 electoral cycle.

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