CARVER COUNTY, MN – Carver County Administrator David Hemze announced today that the Carver County Board of Commissioners adopted new commissioner districts during its meeting Tuesday.
Following the decennial census, governing boards go through the process of redistricting to ensure equal representation.
Hemze noted the board adopted plan 2 as the new commissioner districts for the next 10 years. The commissioners considered a total of 24 different plans that met the statutory requirements for redistricting at the April 24 public hearing and narrowed the list down to 4 that were considered at the May 1 public hearing. The new districts are:
District 1: City of Chanhassen Precincts 4 & 5; and City of Chaska Wards 3 & 4.
District 2: City of Chanhassen Precincts 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B & 3; and City of Victoria Precinct 1.
District 3: City of Chaska Wards 1 & 2; Laketown Township Precinct 2; and City of Victoria Precincts 2 & 3.
District 4: Hollywood Township; City of Mayer; Waconia Township; City of Waconia Wards 1 & 2; Watertown Township; and City of Watertown.
District 5: Benton Township; Camden Township; City of Carver; City of Cologne; Dahlgren Township Precincts 1 & 2; City of Hamburg; Hancock Township; Laketown Township Precinct 1; City of New Germany; City of Norwood Young America; San Francisco Township; and Young America Township.
In addition to approving district boundaries, the county board was required to determine which districts will have two-year terms and which districts will have four-year terms in the coming election cycle. Based on population shifts, all five commissioner districts will be on the ballot in 2012. The board determined that Districts 1, 3 and 5 will have four-year terms and Districts 2 and 4 will have two-year terms in the coming election cycle.