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How should the Provo City Council select a new map to update the Council districts?

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46 registered responses


Considering the concepts listed above, which ones would be your top priorities in choosing a map? (Required items are not listed) Please select in order of preference.

Average priorities over 46 responses
  1. Keeping areas together that share common interests.

    Communities of interest
  2. West side generally refers to the area west of the freeway. There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. Several ideas on what precincts to include are:

    • Grandview area (north)
    • East Bay/Spring Creek, etc. (south/southeast)
    • Parts of Dixon, Franklin, and or Franklin South (central)
    Create westside district
  3. While not a requirement, balancing the number of voters is very challenging when meeting the requirement of balancing the population across districts.

    Balanced number of registered voters
  4. Keeping precincts in the central/downtown area in one district.

    Preserving central/downtown area district
  5. Keeping precincts in southeast Provo in one district.

    Preserving southeast area district
  6. Several precincts in and around Brigham Young University have very large populations and dramatically impact the effort to balance population across districts. These precincts are currently in parts of four different districts, with one district having a much larger college student population than the others.

    Split college student population into multiple districts
  7. Several precincts in and around Brigham Young University have very large populations and dramatically impact the effort to balance population across districts. These precincts are currently in parts of four different districts, with one district having a much larger college student population than the others.

    Have college student population in only 1-2 districts

There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. If you think that creating a westside district is a priority, what is your preference for which precincts to add in?

Any other thoughts on a westside district?

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The following maps were selected by the Council to show some of the concepts being considered. Please choose the map(s) you prefer the most. You can view all the maps here: https://oth.opengov.com/production/uploads/portals/258/forum/issue/11680/issue_asset/asset/10159/All_maps.pdf.

Average priorities over 46 responses
  1. Map 34
  2. Map 75
  3. Map 113
  4. Map 28
  5. Map 33
  6. Map 67
  7. Map 64
  8. Map 100
  9. Map 85
  10. Map 93
  11. Map 31

Which map attributes do you like least?

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What do you like best about the map(s) you chose?

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Certain concepts were discussed when reviewing the submitted maps. Please rate the importance of each of each concept in evaluating the City Council District maps (1=not important, 5=very important)?

Preserving central/downtown area district
Response Percent Response Count
1 16.7% 7
2 4.8% 2
3 26.2% 11
4 31.0% 13
5 21.4% 9
Preserving southeast area district
Response Percent Response Count
1 14.3% 6
2 14.3% 6
3 21.4% 9
4 14.3% 6
5 33.3% 14
Balancing number of registered voters
Response Percent Response Count
1 4.8% 2
2 16.7% 7
3 23.8% 10
4 28.6% 12
5 19.0% 8
Splitting college student population across districts
Response Percent Response Count
1 23.8% 10
2 21.4% 9
3 9.5% 4
4 19.0% 8
5 16.7% 7
Grouping by communities of interest
Response Percent Response Count
1 19.0% 8
2 16.7% 7
3 4.8% 2
4 16.7% 7
5 38.1% 16
Creating a westside district
Response Percent Response Count
1 19.0% 8
2 4.8% 2
3 21.4% 9
4 28.6% 12
5 21.4% 9

Are there other criteria you think should be used to evaluate the maps?

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Are there other maps you prefer to the ones that we've selected as the top maps (pick up to three)? See all maps here: https://oth.opengov.com/production/uploads/portals/258/forum/issue/11680/issue_asset/asset/10159/All_maps.pdf See all maps here: https://redistricting.provo.org/report.html

Response Percent Response Count
best 14.3% 1
Big Difference 28.6% 2
BYU and Joaquin get 14.3% 1
lines 14.3% 1
n s 14.3% 1
Plan 3N 14.3% 1
Plan 12 14.3% 1
West Side Represent 14.3% 1

Are you a Provo resident?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 100.0% 46

Do you have any other comments on the redistricting maps or how to choose the final one?

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Aaron Skabelund inside District 4
March 28, 2022, 6:13 AM
  • Considering the concepts listed above, which ones would be your top priorities in choosing a map? (Required items are not listed) Please select in order of preference.
    1. Keeping areas together that share common interests.

      Communities of interest
    2. West side generally refers to the area west of the freeway. There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. Several ideas on what precincts to include are:

      • Grandview area (north)
      • East Bay/Spring Creek, etc. (south/southeast)
      • Parts of Dixon, Franklin, and or Franklin South (central)
      Create westside district
    3. Keeping precincts in the central/downtown area in one district.

      Preserving central/downtown area district
    4. Keeping precincts in southeast Provo in one district.

      Preserving southeast area district
    5. While not a requirement, balancing the number of voters is very challenging when meeting the requirement of balancing the population across districts.

      Balanced number of registered voters
  • There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. If you think that creating a westside district is a priority, what is your preference for which precincts to add in?
    No response.
  • Any other thoughts on a westside district?
    No response.
  • The following maps were selected by the Council to show some of the concepts being considered. Please choose the map(s) you prefer the most. You can view all the maps here: https://oth.opengov.com/production/uploads/portals/258/forum/issue/11680/issue_asset/asset/10159/All_maps.pdf.
    No response.
  • Which map attributes do you like least?
    No response.
  • What do you like best about the map(s) you chose?
    No response.
  • Certain concepts were discussed when reviewing the submitted maps. Please rate the importance of each of each concept in evaluating the City Council District maps (1=not important, 5=very important)?
    No response.
  • Are there other criteria you think should be used to evaluate the maps?
    No response.
  • Are there other maps you prefer to the ones that we've selected as the top maps (pick up to three)? See all maps here: https://oth.opengov.com/production/uploads/portals/258/forum/issue/11680/issue_asset/asset/10159/All_maps.pdf See all maps here: https://redistricting.provo.org/report.html
    No response.
  • Are you a Provo resident?
    • Yes
  • Do you have any other comments on the redistricting maps or how to choose the final one?

    I hope the council will reconsider creating seven district and eliminating the two city-wide districts. Government is more responsive the closer it is the people, and constituents feel better represented, invested in, and are more likely to be involved if that is the case. Communities of interest--such as the west, the southeast, and central Provo--can more readily be grouped together if we have seven smaller districts.

    Moreover, the influence of money will be reduced in our elections with the elimination of the city-wide districts. It is prohibitively expensive for many to run a city-wide campaign, and to be do and be competitive one must either self-fund (which is not possible for most people who don't live in District 1) or rely on money from the wealthiest part of the city, District 1.

    A historical analysis shows that this is the case. Every mayor and a majority of the city-wide council members have lived in District 1 for the last three decades. An analysis of the 8 mayoral elections since 1990 shows that ALL the winning candidates lived in District 1 in NE Provo, and of 19 city-wide council elections since then, 10 candidates were elected who lived in District 1 while 8 were elected who lived in the other 4 districts combined. (I have not been able to determine where one of the city-wide council winners, Karl J. Thalman, lived.) Moreover, until David Shipley was elected to the council in 2019, it had been over a decade since a city-wide candidate who lived in one of the other four districts had been elected.

    Given this history, it is no surprise that many residents feel like they are not being properly represented and civic-minded candidates who live in Districts 2-5 recognize that they face steep barriers related to financial and social capital to getting elected to a city-wide elected position in Provo. Needless to say, one area of the city dominating the elected politics of the city is not healthy for our community. It is no surprise then that many residents feel disenfranchised and become disengaged from city politics. They don't feel like they are represented and can make a difference.

    We don't need to simply tweak the boundaries of the existing five districts. We need real reform to create more representative, more responsive local governance.

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These maps are examples of some of the concepts or themes that arose during Council Member discussions. Definitions for these concepts are listed below. Keep them in mind as you answer the survey.

  • Preserving central/downtown area district - Keeping precincts in the central/downtown area in one district
  • Preserving southeast area district - Keeping precincts in southeast Provo in one district
  • Creation of a west side district - West side generally refers to the area west of the freeway. There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. Several ideas on what precincts to include were:
    • Grandview area (north)
    • East Bay/Spring Creek, etc. (south/southeast)
    • Parts of Dixon, Frankln, and/or Franklin South (central)
  • Communities of interest - Keeping areas together that share common interests.
  • Number of registered voters - While not a requirement, balancing the number of voters is very challenging when meeting the requirement of balancing the population across districts.
  • College student population - Several precincts in and around Brigham Young University (BYU) have very large populations and dramatically impact the effort to balance population across districts. These precincts are currently in parts of four different districts, with one district having a much larger college student population than the others.
  • Core preservation - refers to maintaining as much of the existing district in the new boundaries, leading to continuity of representation
  • Compactness (required) - Avoiding snake-like or odd shapes with gaps.
  • Contiguity and balanced population (required by law) were already controlled for in the online mapping too used to submit these maps. 

You can view all the maps here:https://oth.opengov.com/production/uploads/portals/258/forum/issue/11680/issue_asset/asset/10158/Finalist_maps_for_OCH.pdf 

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While not a requirement, balancing the number of voters is very challenging when meeting the requirement of balancing the population across districts.

Several precincts in and around Brigham Young University have very large populations and dramatically impact the effort to balance population across districts. These precincts are currently in parts of four different districts, with one district having a much larger college student population than the others.

West side generally refers to the area west of the freeway. There is not enough population west of the freeway to make a district without including some precincts east of the freeway. Several ideas on what precincts to include are:

  • Grandview area (north)
  • East Bay/Spring Creek, etc. (south/southeast)
  • Parts of Dixon, Franklin, and or Franklin South (central)

Keeping areas together that share common interests.

Keeping precincts in southeast Provo in one district.

Several precincts in and around Brigham Young University have very large populations and dramatically impact the effort to balance population across districts. These precincts are currently in parts of four different districts, with one district having a much larger college student population than the others.

Keeping precincts in the central/downtown area in one district.


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