The mapping tool options linked below include different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest. Residents can submit maps of the entire City, of one district or specific community of interest, or of multiple districts. When using these tools, residents can group Census blocks together to form a district. Census blocks are the smallest population unit available when forming districts, and therefore are considered the building block for district boundaries. There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest.
A variety of map-drawing tools are available:
1. Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.
2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals
3. Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them. Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released). Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.
Tools needed: Interactive Review Map
If you would like to submit a map created using your own software, please email to email@example.com and include: (1) a GIS Shapefile and/or a Census Block equivalency file (using 2020 Census Blocks); and, (2) a description of the choices and key points of your map.
Submit maps to firstname.lastname@example.org. After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.
It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria. An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district.