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Ward boundaries review Open House held June 28

Posted: June 29, 2017

 

Ward boundaries review Open House held June 28

 

An open house was held June 28 at West St. Paul’s Sunova Center to allow residents to participate in a ward boundaries review, currently being undertaken by independent consultant Deepak Joshi and the Senior Elections Officer.

Approximately 19 people attended the open house.

The review is being conducted in accordance with the Municipal Act, which requires municipalities with wards to review them from time to time to ensure population is distributed evenly throughout the wards.

The RM of West St. Paul has four wards, which were established through a bylaw. That bylaw is now 20 years old.

According to data from 2014, the population breakdown in the four wards was: Ward 1 – 772; Ward 2 – 1,536; Ward 3 – 1,750; and Ward 4 1,324.

The RM’s current population, as determined by the 2016 Canada Census, is 5,368, up from 4,932 in 2011.

The consultant will take information gathered during the open house, as well as from the four councillors who represent the wards, and propose new boundaries that more equally distribute the population.

Other points considered in the review will be present and future population trends, natural and physical boundaries and community or diversity of interests. The goal is that the new boundaries can be used for multiple elections.

Those who attended the open house were given a short survey to fill out. They were also shown maps of the current boundaries and zoning information for the entire municipality.

In order to become better informed about the municipality, Joshi suggests residents visit the Red River Planning website to obtain zoning information about their properties. Click here and select RM of West St. Paul from the ‘select map’ menu at the top left corner of the map, then input your address.