Mar 29, 2022 - News

Denver adopts final redistricting map

Map courtesy of the City and County of Denver

The Denver City Council will adopt Map D Tuesday night after months of deliberation over how to redraw council district boundaries for the next 10 years based on population shifts reflected in 2020 census data.

State of play: The map shifts a significant section of downtown from council member Candi CdeBaca's current District 9 into council member Chris Hinds' District 10. CdeBaca voted against Map D, which was co-sponsored by Hinds.

  • CdeBaca's district gains North and South Park Hill from District 8, the territory of term-limited council member Chris Herndon.
  • The map also moves Cherry Creek and Country Club into council member Amanda Sawyer's District 5 and East Colfax into District 8.

Yes, but: Many residents, including in the diverse neighborhood of East Colfax, have criticized the map citing displacement concerns.

What's next: The map will take effect in the city's next municipal election in April 2023.

  • With the borders newly set — and at least four council members not running for re-election — more people are likely to toss their hat in the Denver City Council races.

What to watch: Some council members have expressed interest in expanding council districts from 11 to 13 to enhance neighborhood representation on the dais. The move would require a charter change, and therefore approval from voters.

  • Of note: Community members, including those from the East Colfax neighborhood, are also calling on council members to establish an independent redistricting committee to ensure a fairer process.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Cherry Creek and Country Club will move into District 5, and East Colfax will move into District 8.

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