Grand County commissioners work to redraw district lines
July 12, 2011
Grand County commissioners are in the process of redrawing districts to account for population changes in Grand County.
In the latest draft of mapping, all residents west of Highway 34 (excluding anyone within Grand Lake town boundaries) would shift from District 2 represented by Commissioner Nancy Stuart (R-Granby) into District 3, currently represented by Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner (R-Kremmling).
Another change is the majority of Winter Park Highlands may end up in District 1, represented by Commissioner James Newberry (D-Tabernash). With this shift, District 2, represented by Commissioner Stuart, would pick up neighborhoods west of County roads 85 (at Indian Peak Rentals) such as Alpine Acres and Alpine Park, Homestead Hills subdivision and all of the YMCA of the Rockies. Essentially, the boundary line would be at Pole Creek Drive, cutting the Fairways in half with the westerly half in District 2 and the easterly half in District 1.
Legislative boundaries are being redrawn in response to population changes determined by the results of the 2010 Census.
According to the Census, Grand County’s population in 2000 was 12,442; in 2010, 14,843. Optimal populations within each district should be about equal to a third of the population.
The existing District 1 on the southeastern end of the county (Fraser Valley area) grew by 1,441 residents; District 2 (Grand Lake, Granby areas) grew by 1,016 residents; and District 3 (west of Granby) now has 56 fewer residents.
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The current proposal of changes reflects a need for District 2 to pick up more of the population, with District 2 at -3.5 percent within the optimal population of 4,948 residents. Meanwhile, the proposed map shows District 1 in excess of the optimal population by 2.71 percent. Ideally, populations should be within 1 percent of the optimal target.
The deadline for adopting final district maps is in September.
Commissioner districts delineate who can run for one of the seats of county commissioner. A candidate must run for the seat representing the district in which he or she resides.
However, all Grand County voters vote for all three county commissioners.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19603.