COUNTY OF NEVADA REDISTRICTING PROCESS

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.

WHAT IS REDISTRICTING?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. In Nevada County, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing supervisorial districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around October 20, 2021. For the County of Nevada, the redistricting process must be completed by December 15th (pending any legislative changes that are in progress now.)

You can learn more about redistricting by reviewing and watching County Counsel's redistricting presentation to the Board of Supervisors at their February 9th meeting here: Our local Nevada County League of Woman Voters also conducted an excellent redistricting seminar on February 13, 2021 and can be viewed here:

WHY DOES REDISTRICTING MATTER TO ME?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member.

Our Staff Redistricting Commission will provide input in selecting the next district map for our supervisorial districts. You have an opportunity to share how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

You can contact the Commission at redistricting@co.nevada.ca.us to find out more about how the process works.

WHAT DO THE EXISTING SUPERVIOSRIAL DISTRICTS LOOK LIKE?

You can find a map of the County’s current supervisorial districts here:

WHAT CRITERIA WILL BE USED WHEN DRAWING DISTRICT LINES?

To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts, (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

HOW WILL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS NOTIFY THE PUBLIC ABOUT REDISTRICTING?

Our Board of Supervisors will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public [hearings] [or] [workshops] will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. Our Board of Supervisors will notify the public about redistricting [hearings] [or] [workshops], post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

You can sign up to receive Redistricting Information as soon as it is posted by signing up here. 

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

Every Nevada County resident has an opportunity to participate in the Nevada County redistricting process. There are many ways to participate.

 - Attend public hearings. Hearings will be live broadcast on the County's website and on local cable TV.

 - Call in to public hearings to make live comments by phone. All hearings will have a call-in option for the public to make comments to the commissioners. The phone number and process for calling in will be posted on each hearing agenda.

 - Submit eComments on a posted agenda on the County website.

 - Submit comments anytime on this redistricting website via redistricting@co.nevada.ca.us. Comments will be available for the public and the commissioners to review.

 - Learn and explore maps and data, submit your ideas 
 Nevada County has implemented the Districtr Community of Interest public mapping tool for 2021 supervisorial redistricting.

As part of the redistricting process, the California FAIR MAPS Act includes neighborhoods and “Communities of Interest” as important considerations. California law defines Communities of Interest as “a population that shares common social or economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.

To let the County know about your community and what brings it together, share your map and your story using this tool now.

https://districtr.org/ The main page for DistrctR, links to how to use the site, training guides, etc.

https://districtr.org/tag/NevadaCo Our custom Nevada County page: 

Nevada County Board of Supervisor District Boundaries must be redrawn every 10 years using U.S. Census data in order to make the five districts as equal in population as possible and that each member represents about the same number of constituents. The County encourages residents to participate by suggesting neighborhood and community of interest maps of areas that should be kept undivided, and full five-district map suggestions for the whole county.  

GENERAL TIMELINE OF THE 2021 REDISTRICTING PROCESS

Please Note: Census data is typically provided to counties in March.  For this redistricting cycle, the US Census Bureau will not be providing the County census data until the end of September 2021.  This will push out our originally projected timeline over the Summer and then cause a compressed timeline in the Fall. 

January 2021 - County Counsel educates Board of Supervisors on redistricting process at their annual Board Workshop.

February 2021 – Board of Supervisors selects and implements redistricting County Staff Advisory Commission. Commission planning for process, community engagement, and schedules.  February 9th BOS meeting. 

June 2021–January 2022 – Community education and outreach.

June –December 2021 – The Advisory Council meets to receive input from each of the Supervisorial Districts.

Late September 2021 – The U. S. Census Bureau is scheduled to deliver census to local jurisdictions.

October 2021 – Census data, map scenarios, map feedback form, education, and outreach for the public.

November 2021 – Maps due to the Board of Supervisors.

November/December 2021 – Board of Supervisors to adopt Supervisorial District map.

January 2022 – Advisory Council transmits report to the Board of Supervisors with changes that could improve the redistricting process in future years.

PUBLIC HEARINGS and WORKSHOP

The Nevada County Redistricting Advisory Council will be meeting throughout 2021. Public hearings and workshops will be open to the public.  Nevada City sessions will be in the Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 950 Maidu Avenue.  The Truckee hearing will be in the Town Council's Chambers, 10183 Truckee Airport Road. 

Public Hearing and Workshop Calendar is set as: (updated July 19th)

     -  July 29th Thursday at 6:00pm in Nevada City - Public Workshop Notice -  Agenda -  Presentation 

     -  August 24th at the Board of Supervisors meeting held in Truckee    (NOTE: Adjusted from August 10th date)

     -  November 9th, at the Board of Supervisors meeting held in Nevada City

     -  November 16th, at the Board of Supervisors meeting held in Nevada City

     -  December 14th, at the Board of Supervisors meeting held in Nevada City - final map adoption.

COMMENTS

Please feel free to submit any comments or feedback you have on the redistricting process.  redistricting@co.nevada.ca.us Responses will be shared with the public.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

We are happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at: redistricting@co.nevada.ca.us, or by phone at 530-470-2540. 

PROJECT PUBLIC ACTIVITY TO DATE:

January 28, 2021 - County Counsel provided the Board of Supervisors a redistricting informational presentation at their annual public workshop.

February 9, 2021Board of Supervisors at their public meeting selects and implements redistricting County Staff Advisory Commission. 

March 11, 2021 - County launches public redistricting information website (this site).

May 10th, 2021 - County Chief Information Officer submits Op-Ed public outreach letter to all major western and eastern county media outlets. Letter provides overview of the redistricting process and invites the general public to participate and where to find more information on this website. 

July 19th, 2021 - Public Workshop and hearing calendar section updated.  Truckee meeting moved to August 24th date. 

July 23, 2021 - County launches DistrictR online Community of Interest mapping tool for public input.