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Jefferson City to hold open house about proposed ward redistricting plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Jefferson City is set to host an open house for citizens to provide about the proposed options for ward redistricting.

The open house is the first of two scheduled to take place at Jefferson City Council Chambers, the first set for Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and the second Oct. 5 from 3 until 6 p.m.

Written comments for Thursday afternoon's open house can be sent to the Planning Division through the Department of Planning and Protective Services, whose email is on the city's website.

Jefferson City has four redistricting options to choose from, with each prioritizing different considerations and varying in population shift.

• Option 1 – Moderate population shift; prioritizes correcting current neighborhood splits
• Option 2 – Minimal population shift; prioritizes minimal boundary changes
• Option 3 – Maximizes the population shift from Ward 4 to plan for likely future growth
• Option 4 – Maximizes the population shift from Ward 4 while equalizing other wards

All four options are available to view on the city's website, with information on population shifts and goals set out by each option.

On Sep. 20, the Jefferson City Council chose option one as the preferred option pending a public hearing scheduled for the council on Oct. 18.

Jefferson City Council's preferred redistricting option

Wards one, two, and five would all gain in population based on this option, with ward four decreasing in size and ward three seeing no change.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.

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