Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself!
There are two map-drawing tools available below:
- Paper-only maps
- A powerful, but also complicated, online map-drawing tool
You can draw the borders of your neighborhood and indicate whether you want it united in one district or if you want your neighborhood to have multiple Councilmembers representing it. Or draw a proposed Council district. Or sketch an entire citywide map of 5 Council districts.
Draw whatever you want the Council to consider and submit it to Lodi@NDCresearch.com. Then the City’s demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.
After you draw your proposed plan(s), be sure to compare them with the other maps posted to the Draft Maps page.
The simplest approach to drawing a map proposal is to draw your proposed map on any city map, or use the participation kit map (now available in English, with Spanish coming soon) to draw your proposed districts and calculate the total population.
Supplemental Maps (PDF files. Additional maps may be added as requested by Council or the public.):
- Latino percentage of Citizen Voting Age Population, by Census Block
- Census Blocks and PopUnits where Councilmembers reside
Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement
If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5×11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries and population counts. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)
Online Districting Tool
The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool here at this link. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.
The four “focus maps” are loaded into the online districting tool, so if you wish to view them and work up changes to them you can do so in the tool.
But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. So before you log in, be sure to review the following helpful guides:
- Full introductory tutorial video (11 minutes)
- A series of short, 90 to 120 second, training videos
- Quick Start Guide in English or en Español
- One-Page tool reference sheet is available in English and en Español.