Ward boundary changes ensure equitable City Council representation

December 24, 2018

The city of Overland Park is adjusting the geographic boundaries of its ward districts to ensure equitable representation for all Overland Park residents.

Beginning January 1, 2019, about 5,200 households will become part of a different ward. This change affects some, but not all, homes in wards 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Most Overland Park residents will not notice a change.

Affected residents will be notified by postcard in early January. These postcards contain details about the changes and information about new ward representatives.

To see a whether your home will affected, view the redistricting map. Precincts bordered with a white line are those affected by redistricting.

Or, visit www.opkansas.org/council to find your current council member.

Reason for Redistricting

These changes are in response to shifting populations. Generally, there is residential growth in the southern half of Overland Park.

Redistricting ensures equitable representation for all Overland Park residents, regardless of where they live in the city.

Overland Park’s Planning and Development Services department reviews ward populations once every two years to ensure there are no major deviations in ward populations. Per city policy, the maximum population deviation between wards is 10 percent.

During the 2018 review, city staff found a 15% deviation between ward populations, necessitating ward redistricting. The governing body approved a proposed change to ward boundaries in November.

Effect on Elections

When City Council elections are held next fall, affected residents will vote for the candidates of their new wards. Ward redistricting may results in changes to polling locations for some affected residents. Residents will receive notification of any changes related to voting from the Johnson County Election Office.

Contact

Doug Johnson 913-895-6209