CP will divide five precincts in final plan
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent December 10, 2012 9:30PM
Updated: January 12, 2013 6:16AM
CROWN POINT — Five precincts will be divided in the final version of Crown Point’s redistricting plan.
Monday the City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance that redistricts of the city based on the population figures from the 2010 U.S. Census.
Councilman Bill Feder, D-At Large, said the map redistributes the population in the five districts to bring them within the 10 percent margin recommended by the state.
“This does split some precincts but it was the only way to keep the neighborhoods intact and have major roads define the districts,” Feder said.
Redistricting to balance the populations of the city’s five districts is required by statute every 10 years following the census. The population of each district must be within 10 percent of each other. Officials have until the end of the year to ratify the changes that make that happen.
The plan will be before the city council for final approval Dec. 20.
District 1, currently the district with the largest population, will see the most significant change with more than 3,000 residents getting redrawn into other districts. District 2 will also be reduced.
Districts 3, 4 and 5 all stand to gain residents. The city council is divided into five districts and two at large seats.
Councilman Mark Schweitzer, R-At Large, said officials did try to complete the redistricting without splitting precincts but Precinct 19 was so big it could not be done.
He said that precinct is in a high growth area of the city and will likely need to be split again after 2020.
“The end result is extremely well balanced with an eye for potential future growth,” Schweitzer said.