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Posted on: October 28, 2021

City Council District Boundaries Change to Reflect Population Growth

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City of Blue Springs City Council District Boundaries have changed based on the 2020 Federal Census Results.  

 

The new boundaries takeinto account the projected future growth in population of District 3inthe southern portion of the City.  This area of Blue Springs has grown significantly and is predicted to continue togrow. Therefore, the new boundary maps have weighted Districts 1 and 2 with more population and less in District 3 with the anticipationthat District3 will continue itsgrowth trend.   

The primary changes in boundaries impact a narrow area within the City generally south of the 40 Highway and AA Highway corridors. Larger subdivisions impacted include Plaza Estates West, Westwind, portions of Blue Springs Manor South generally north of SW Victor Drive, Lakeview Crossing/Tequesta Village, Autumn Chase, and Eastridge Meadows.Current households affected by this change will be notified by mail in the coming weeks. 

The 2020 Census population data was released in August 2021, with the new population for the City of 58,603. The 2020 Census population numberswith the previous Council District boundariesare as follows: District 1 – 18,795; District 2 – 18,197; District 3 – 21,591.With the new district boundaries in effect, population by district isapproximately District 1– 19,563; District 2 – 20,236; and District 3 –18,694. 

Per Section 3.2 of the Charter of the City of Blue Springs, City Council District boundaries shall be established by ordinance following each Federal decennial census. Districts shall be compact and contiguous and contain, as nearly as possible, an equal number of inhabitants.  

The combined percentage differences between the smallest district population number (District 2) and the largest district population number (District 3) from the mean population of all three Districts (19,528) must be within 10%. As a result, Council Districts neededto be redrawn by adding population areas of the City to Districts 1 and 2, while removing some population areas from District 3.  

The new boundaries went into effect immediately. The new Council boundary map can be viewed here. For more information, go towww.bluespringsgov.com.  

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