Selection of 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.

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.

OMWD recently conducted a redistricting process to adopt revised boundaries based on data from the 2020 census. These new boundaries take effect with the November 2022 general election.

Prior to the 2021-2022 redistricting process, OMWD’s director division boundaries were last modified in 2011 based on data from the 2010 census. You may view these division boundaries at https://www.olivenhain.com/about-us/governing-board/director-divisions/.

 

Process

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

  • December 15, 2021—Staff provided information about the redistricting process. Staff also solicited input about where communities of interest exist and how they can contribute to the building of potential director division boundaries.
  • January 19, 2022—Staff reviewed three maps of new potential director division boundaries produced by the demographer. The maps incorporated input received during the previous hearing; additionally, the maps followed traditional redistricting criteria including that divisions are contiguous, compact, and follow traditional governmental or community lines and natural/physical contours.
  • February 16, 2022—Staff reviewed two additional maps of potential director division boundaries produced by the demographer. The additional maps incorporate input received during the previous hearing, and follow traditional redistricting criteria.

 

Outcome

Following the February 16, 2022 hearing, OMWD’s Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2022-08 formally adopting Plan C2 as its new director division boundaries. OMWD is working with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to implement these new boundaries for use beginning with the November 2022 general election.