CROWN POINT | City officials on Thursday adopted a redistricting map that distributes population more evenly while splitting some precincts.
The ordinance redefining council districts was approved by a 6-0 vote of the City Council.
It will be submitted to state officials and becomes effective next year, pending state approval.
The redistricting map already has been reviewed and approved by the chairpersons of the city Republican and Democratic precinct organizations, according to city officials.
Redrawn district lines distribute a Crown Point population of 27,317 into five districts of between 4,926 and 5,444 people each.
Each of the five districts elects one City Council member to represent it. The two at-large City Council members are elected by the city as a whole.
Population was shifted out of the formerly outsized 1st District, which was downsized by 2,520 people to 5,190.
The district had grown over the previous decade because it took on land mass from an earlier annexation and gained population from a spurt of new housing.
The shift added population to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th districts.
To keep neighborhoods intact, officials agreed to split precincts 3, 6, 7, 11 and 19 for the new map.
City officials worked to divide districts mostly along main roads.
State officials mandate that district boundaries reflect changes in the U.S. Census conducted every 10 years.