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Wichita city council members had a workshop discussion Tuesday on a proposed new map for the 6 council districts. The boundaries for the districts have to be redrawn, based on figures from the 2010 Census.
Misty Bruckner of Wichita State University has chaired a citizens committee that has worked to redraw the boundaries to make them more equal in population. She said there has been tremendous growth in council district 2 in east Wichita, and in district 5 in the northwest part of the city. The proposed map will enlarge districts 1 and 6. Bruckner said the committee also worked to make Woodlawn a natural boundary between districts 1 and 2, with Kellogg as a natural boundary for districts 4, 5 and 6.
Council members will have individual discussions with city manager Robert Layton on the proposed map, and they plan to take the map to their district advisory boards for consideration. The council is required to decide on the final boundaries by December 31st.
[ the photo at left represents the proposed new council districts. In north Wichita, left to right, are council districts 5 (orange), 6 (blue), 1 (yellow), and 2 (green). In south Wichita, the districts are 4 (pink) and 3 (purple) ]