On May 23, 2011, the Redistricting
Advisory Commission unanimously recommended that redistricting “Plan
B” be proposed for approval by the City Council. Redistricting
Plan B and various associated data tables are below. A full report
transmitting this Commission recommendation is available here.
On August 23, 2011, the City Council
approved (10-1-0, Constant opposed) the recommendations of the 2011
Redistricting Advisory Commission. An ordinance establishing new
City Council District boundaries will become effective on October
As various redistricting plans were completed by the Redistricting
Advisory Commission, or otherwise presented to the Commission, these
plans were posted below. For ease of identification, the plan naming
system consisted of a sequential letter of the alphabet (i.e., A,
B). One exception to this system is with respect to two staff-prepared
“starting point” plan exercises requested by the Redistricting
Advisory Commission at its March 28, 2011 and April 4, 2011 meetings.
These “starting point” plan exercises are referenced
as “SP-7.5” and “SP-10”, as they apply a
population variation among City Council Districts of 7.5% and 10%,
respectively. These “starting point” plan exercises
were specifically intended to help visualize and initiate discussion
on areas potentially affected by the redistricting process.
In addition, two other “starting point” plan exercises
(“SP-1” and “SP-5”) were prepared and presented
at the March 28, 2011 meeting. However, action by the Redistricting
Advisory Commission at that same meeting, requesting inclusion of
several former unincorporated County pockets in the City of San
Jose’s population for redistricting purposes, effectively
rendered these early plan exercises invalid (i.e., based upon different
population figures). In any case, these plan exercises are still
accessible from our redistricting plans
For a chronology and comparison
of key data associated with all plans, including comparison with
select historical plans from the 2001 redistricting effort, please
select the link above. For your convenience, and depending upon
specific needs, a map of each plan is provided in two sizes: “large”
(34 x 44 inches) and “small” (11 x 17 inches). Plans
are also accompanied by certain descriptive and statistical information,
in order to facilitate ready plan evaluation and comparison.
Population Transfer Areas
“Population Transfer Areas” are geographic areas where
boundary changes were considered during the redistricting process.
The Population Transfer Areas concept was introduced in San Jose’s
2001 redistricting effort, and has proven a convenient record-keeping
system that facilitates awareness and comparison of the impacts
of various redistricting alternatives by stakeholders. Each population
transfer area included a unique alpha-numeric identifier (e.g.,
5-8(a)), in accordance with a defined
naming system, and associated census data indicating the number
of persons that would be moved from one City Council District to
another within a given area.
For your convenience, a detailed, letter-size map of each Population
Transfer Area developed by the Redistricting Advisory Commission
is provided in a series of hyperlinks listed here.