At least once every 10 years, the Denver City Council must redraw its district boundaries, based on the latest U.S. Census data. The Denver Charter says the City is to be divided into eleven Council districts; Denver’s population must be as evenly divided among the eleven districts as possible to honor the principle of “one person-one vote”; and Charter further directs that districts must:
- be as compact as possible;
- contain contiguous land area;
- contain whole election precincts; and
- have boundaries established by ordinance.
In order to comply with the Charter, Denver City Council must adopt an ordinance establishing new council district boundaries by the end of April, 2012. The tentative timeline for the process may be modified in part, but a new map must be adopted by the end of April 2012. The new map will be effective for purposes of the 2015 municipal election.
PLEASE NOTE: The new ordinance will not change the current boundaries immediately. Until mid-July of 2015, following the municipal election in May, your council district and your representative will remain the same, even if under the new ordinance your home may be in a different district. Only for potential Council candidates for the 2015 election will the new boundaries be important. That’s because candidates for council district offices must reside within the district in which they want to run for at least one year prior to the election.
On Sept. 26, 2011, Council adopted Resolution 11-0661 stating its principles and procedures for the redistricting process. While the Charter establishes the criteria Council must meet in re-districting, the Resolution states the policies Council wants to respect in the process. It will probably not be possible to comply with the laws and meet all of the stated policies.
2010 Census Findings
A map of the current districts shows the total population in 2000 and in 2010. Denver’s population growth:
- 2000 population = 554,636
- 2010 population = 600,158
With a total population of 600,158, the target population per council district (total population divided by 11) grew from 50,421 to 54,560. However, the population growth was not evenly spread across the city. By far the most growth was in Council District 11 in far Northeast Denver, which grew by 34,484 people since 2000. In contrast, Council District 1, in the Northwest, lost 4,468 people. This imbalance requires significant shifts in district boundaries, which creates substantial challenges for the Council. Council is currently working through how the district boundary lines will be redrawn for the 2015 election and beyond.
Council Redistricting Committee
Last summer, Council President Nevitt created the Redistricting Committee, which meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:30. This is a Committee of the Whole, so all Council members are voting members of the committee.
Council has held several public meetings to gather comments and views from the public on draft plans [Map A; Map B; Map C; Map D; Map E; Map F]. Check this website periodically for the schedule and locations of these meetings, or contact your district Council member.
On Monday, April 30, 2011 City Council voted 9-4 to accept the redistricting map associated with Council Bill 12-0286.
The Map and Council Bill can be viewed by clicking the links below.
**The Council Districts reflected in the map will not take effect until the 2015 City Council Election.
City Council had 6 draft maps (A-F) brought forth to consider.
On Monday, April 2nd, the Redistricting Committee eliminated Maps A, B, C, and E from further review.
Maps D and F may be amended; any amendments will be brought to the Redistricting Committee at future meetings.
UPDATED: On Monday, April 9th the Redistricting Committee approved for filing the Map F-Amended. The bill filed with Council will reflect this map.
Draft Map Archive
The following maps were eliminated from further consideration but are available for reference.
UPDATED - Power Point Presentation
(Updated 4/4/2012 - to reflect maps D and F only)
*The following items are outdated as of 4/4/2012 - and are provided here as reference only.
Key resource maps and tables from the Census for this project:
All Redistricting Committee meetings are held in the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street), Room 391 (3rd Floor Council Conference Room).
These meetings were open to the public and can be viewed on Denver's Channel 8 website.
City Council had several public meetings to gather input on the draft maps.
All Denver residents have the option of attending the public meetings in person, or e-mailing their questions and/or comments to the City Council. E-mail may be sent to:
Questions and/or comments will be accepted via email through April 16th.