City of Morgan Hill 2017 Districting Project
August 23, 2017, update:
The Council has selected a map, so new map proposals are no longer being accepted.
The information below is provided only for archive and reference purposes only.
Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself!
There are three different map-drawing tools available below:
After you draw your proposed plan(s), be sure to compare them with the other maps posted to the Draft Maps page.
Option B: You can print and use the more extensive "Public Participation Kit" (download or print this PDF file by clicking for English or Español), which contains detailed instructions, the list of line-drawing criteria, demographics for each Population Unit, and blank maps on which you can draw your proposed plan(s)
Supplemental Maps(PDF files, added as requested by Council or the public):
Microsoft Excel Supplement
Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. If you click on the link for English or Español, you can save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers (available in the full Public Participation Kit here for English or here for Español, or on its own by clicking here for English or here for Español) to assign the Population Units to your desired districts, and Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district.
Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement
If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5x11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries, and switch back and forth between PopUnit ID number labels and total population labels.. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)
Online District-Drawing Tool
The most powerful map-drawing tool, but also the most difficult to use, is the online districting tool found here at this link. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map.
But with this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. So before you log in, be sure to review the following helpful guides: