Following the results of the 2020 Federal census, Upper Providence Township Council recognized the need for reapportionment of municipal districts to ensure equal and fair access to elected representation. Over the course of the past several months, council has solicited public input, developed multiple map options, opened a public comment period, and held over half a dozen public meetings - including two special council meetings specifically focused on redistricting and the redistricting process.
Feedback and public comment were received from throughout the township and, upon consideration and review of resident perspectives. During a special meeting on November 16th, Upper Providence Township Council held a First Reading of Redistricting Ordinance 543 of 2022. This ordinance equalizes the populations of the township voting districts within the township, while creating compact and contiguous districts for current and future members of township council. A copy of the proposed district map can be found here and council may consider the adoption of these new district lines at the next council meeting in December.
In order to address the issue of representative equity, Council directed staff to approach Delaware County officials for support developing township district maps that more evenly distribute population. Guidance provided by council identified four key values for consideration during the development of possible district changes:
- District Contiguity
- Population Standardization (variance between 0% - 5% of mean)