The City is conducting a Ward Boundary Correction in seven neighbourhoods in Edmonton’s south side to accommodate the changes we have been experiencing. The boundary changes aim to ensure all wards have roughly equal populations, which respects the democratic principle of “one-person, one-vote.”
The City’s Returning Officer presented Council with potential ward boundary corrections at the April 5, 2016 City Council meeting. These corrections balance the number of people between wards and ensure wards are designed to have identifiable boundaries, reflect neighbourhoods’ borders and take into account communities with common interests.
The biggest corrections in ward boundaries are being proposed for Wards 9, 10, 11 and 12. The recommended corrections address population optimization in wards approaching maximum populations within the City, in particular Wards 9 and 12. These population and elector ranges are established by City Policy.
Current ranges based on the 2014 Edmonton Census are:
Optimum Ward population: 54,871 to 95,201
Optimum Ward elector population: 38,991 to 64,985
The following are the recommended ward boundary corrections for Wards 9 and 10:
Brander Gardens, Ramsay Heights, Rhatigan Ridge, Bulyea Heights, and Brookside - will move from Ward 9 to Ward 10.
This correction will:
· increase Ward 10 residents by 14,814, a total of 76,610 residents in Ward 10 and 79,308 residents in Ward 9
· increase Ward 10 electors by 10,083 electors, a total of 54,267 electors in Ward 10 and 53,974 in Ward 9
· move Riverbend Community League and Brookview CL to Ward 10
The Returning Officer wants to hear from residents who could be affected by the potential boundary corrections. The Returning Officer has arranged consultation sessions to get input from residents and from organizations that could be impacted including the Edmonton Public School Board, the Edmonton Separate School Board, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, the Millwoods Presidents Council and the Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council.
Residents in wards facing possible boundary changes will receive invitations to the consultations in the mail and online. Ward 9 Consultation sessions are currently being scheduled for:
● Brookview Community League, Riverbend Community League, and Terwillegar Riverbend Advisory Council.
Following the consultations and completion of the 2016 census, the populations for each ward will be updated and maps redrawn to reflect any new information. Council will review the ward boundary corrections in early September 2016.
For a link to the PDF of the Council Report go to http://sirepub.edmonton.ca/sirepub/cache/2/5afpdrhcv5siwch5ketga0in/53547305112016113301792.PDF