Voice Your Opinion on New Director Division Boundaries

Background

OMWD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected for staggered four-year terms, with each director being elected from a specific geographic area of OMWD’s service area. OMWD’s director division boundaries were last modified in 2011 based on data from the 2010 census. You may view OMWD’s current division boundaries at https://www.olivenhain.com/about-us/governing-board/director-divisions/.

State law requires that we adjust our director division boundaries after each census so that the divisions are approximately equal in population. In adjusting the boundaries, OMWD may consider factors like topography; geography; cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory; and communities of interest.

The new boundaries must be adopted by April 2022, and will take effect with the November 2022 general election.

 

Process

Though only one public hearing is required by law prior to adopting new boundaries, OMWD will conduct the redistricting process via three public hearings to ensure the opportunity for public input:

  • December 15, 2021—Staff will provide information about the redistricting process. Staff will also solicit input about where communities of interest exist and how they can contribute to the building of potential director division boundaries.
  • January 19, 2022—Staff will present three maps of new potential director division boundaries produced by the demographer. The maps will incorporate input received during the previous hearing; additionally, the maps will follow traditional redistricting criteria including that divisions are contiguous, compact, and follow traditional governmental or community lines and natural/physical contours. These maps will be made publicly available at least seven days prior to the hearing. Following this hearing, the demographer will incorporate feedback from the public and board into a final mapping option.
  • February 16, 2022—The final map, which will be made publicly available seven days prior to the hearing, will be presented for approval by OMWD’s Board of Directors.

 

How to participate

Comments may be submitted electronically to OMWD’s board secretary.

Below are instructions for participating in the public hearings. Staff reports will be posted to the Board Meetings page in advance of each meeting.

December 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

To join this meeting via phone, please dial:
(669) 900-9128 or (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 863 0179 4539 and Password: 333798

January 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

To join this meeting via phone, please dial:
(669) 900-9128 or (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 848 4088 7539 and Password: 504837

February 16, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

To join this meeting via phone, please dial:
(669) 900-9128 or (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID: 876 3887 0719 and Password: 139764

 

What’s next

OMWD anticipates adopting district boundaries in February 2022, which will be effective with the November 2022 election.