Your input is needed to shape Council Districts!
What is a Community of Interest (COI)?
A COI is a group of people in a defined geographic location that share a common bond or interest. The definition is broad, leaving communities a lot of discretion in determining which issues are important to them. The City’s districting criteria define Community of Interest as “a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of fair and effective representation.”
Communities of Interest are best documented through oral or written input from individuals or groups with first‐hand knowledge of them. Census and other outside data can lend support, but cannot replace personal knowledge of the community. That’s why we want to hear your feedback on your community; you know it best!
The 3 Steps to document your COI:
Please answer the following questions:
1. What is the nature of the bond or common interest of your community?
Please describe what the common interests of your community are, and why or how they are important. For example:
2. Where is your community located?
Tell us where the exterior boundaries of your COI are so we can locate it on a map. For example, write down landmarks, streets, bodies of water, or railroad tracks that delineate the outside border of the community.
A map showing the location of the COI, along with oral or written testimony identifying the location can be extremely helpful to locate the COI. A map can be created using free online programs such as Google Maps.
3. Why is it beneficial for your community to be kept together in a district?
When you talk about your Community of Interest, consider explaining why it should be kept together in a district and why splitting it would be problematic. For example:
You’ve documented your COI: now what?
Please get the information about your Community to us in one of the following ways:
We hope to hear from you as soon as possible! In order to process your Community of Interest input before the draft maps are drawn, please get the information to us by March 7, 2018. Thank you for participating in this important project!