County Goes with “Plan 1”
By this Friday the 13 County Council district seats must be reapportioned to adjust for population changes in the County between the 2000 and 2010 Census. Those seats will remain intact until the next Census in 2020.
As we wrote in a previous blog there were really two competing plans-one largely drawn up by Council and staff and one drawn up by a County citizen-and the former plan in the one on the agenda for Council’s March 6th meeting.
Under that plan four Council districts-6 (a south hills based district), 10 (a City based district that includes Wilkinsburg), 11 (a City based district with Mt Oliver, Homestead, and Munhall), and 13 (a wholly City based district)-would remain intact. All other districts would have some degree of shifting to balance the size of population within the district.
Going forward, the only remaining reapportionment issue is the proposal to allow for the City of Pittsburgh to be included in a maximum of six Council districts, altering the standard of dividing a municipality "into as few County Council districts as possible". That would not come into play in the current redistricting, but would become code language for future redistricting plans.