Ward boundaries in Takoma Park have shifted to divide the city’s population more equally among the six wards in accordance with city charter requirements.
The city council voted unanimously Monday to pass the ordinance that went into effect immediately.
Council members will continue to represent the same residents until the city’s November election. Residents who have changed wards and wish to run for a council position in the election will still meet the 6-month residency requirement for the ward they would represent.
With the new boundaries in place, changes include Mississippi Avenue and Hilltop Road moving from Ward 5 to Ward 4; The Sherwood Condominium, Leeland Apartments and the Hancock Gardens apartments moving from Ward 3 to Ward 4; Essex House Apartments at 7777 Maple Avenue moving from Ward 4 to Ward 5; and a portion of Ward 2 including Larch Avenue, Hopewell Avenue, Kentland Avenue and East West Highway moving to Ward 6.
Some of the wards were resized because the city has decreased in population from about 17,300 in 2000 to an estimated 17,000. The city charter requires the wards be essentially equal in population among other standards.
During a Jan. 14 public hearing on the redistricting plan, Mayor Bruce Williams said the council wanted to see neighborhoods and neighborhood associations preserved as much as possible, an issue residents had raised in previous meetings.
A few residents expressed concerns during the hearing that the plan would combine economic disparities among the wards and that the council had not adequately considered other plans the city’s redistricting task force developed.