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District Election Process

District Election Process
After undertaking a yearlong public process to evaluate moving from an at-large election process to division-based elections through which IRWD’s five board members are each elected from a single-member division, the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors voted on May 13, 2019, to transition the election of the IRWD Board of Directors to division-based elections.

The November 2020 election was the first election in which the IRWD Board of Directors were elected through division-based elections.

A by-division method divides a service area into separate divisions and allows the voters in each division to elect a member of the Board of Directors.

Current IRWD Division Map
On May 13, 2019, the IRWD Board of Directors adopted the following division boundaries. The Board Members from Divisions 1 and 4 were elected in 2020 and the Board Members from Divisions 2, 3 and 5 will be elected in 2022.

To help the community better understand the divisions and the division in which each village is located, a reference map that has an overlay of the villages located in each division is available below:

To help the community better understand the divisions and the division in which a specific address is located, an interactive map is available below:

Redistricting
Every ten years, local governments with by-division elections must redraw their division boundaries using the new census data to reflect how local populations have changed, and to ensure that the divisions are, as far as practicable, equal in population.  This process is called redistricting.

In California, Elections Code Sections 22000-22002 govern how special districts like IRWD redistrict after each federal decennial census.  The IRWD Board of Directors is responsible for approving new division boundaries which, once approved, will become effective for the next election of the IRWD Board of Directors in November 2022.

IRWD is committed to undertaking a meaningful public process that allows for full public participation, public input, and careful consideration of new division boundaries.  We will continue to keep our customers informed on the redistricting efforts.  Please continue to check this webpage for updates.

Public Process
IRWD is seeking input on a new division map for the District.  The District asks the public to share how it thinks division boundaries should be drawn to best represent the community. 

The public will have several opportunities to provide input into IRWD’s redistricting effort.  The public can submit written comments, submit maps for consideration, and is invited to provide oral comments to the IRWD Board of Directors at any of the public hearings related to redistricting.  More information regarding the public hearings is provided below under “Next Steps.”

Draft Division Area Maps

The District invited the public to submit comments on the composition of possible divisions and to submit conceptual maps.  That public comment period ran from December 2, 2021, to January 6, 2022.  No comments or maps were received during that comment period.

After the close of the public comment period, initial draft division maps were drawn considering the legal requirements and the criteria discussed by the IRWD Board of Directors on December 13, 2021.  Two initial draft maps (Draft Plan 1 and Draft Plan 2) were created by a professional demographer using the criteria discussed by the IRWD Board of Directors and legal requirements. 

Pursuant to Election Code section 22001, the IRWD Board of Directors conducted a public hearing on January 24, 2022, to solicit public comment on the draft division maps prior to taking final action to adopt a redistricted division area map. At that hearing, the IRWD Board of Directors asked for a revision to Draft Plan 1 for consideration. The revised draft map under consideration is available below:

The IRWD Board of Directors will hold a second public hearing on February 14, 2022, at 5:00 pm. The Board of Directors may consider adopting a final map at that hearing.

To submit questions or comments on the draft maps, please email comments@irwd.com or call 949-453-5312.



The following is a current timeline of IRWD’s 2021 redistricting process:

December 2, 2021, to January 6, 2022

Public Comment and Map Submission Period

Prior to the drawing of potential division area maps, the District invited the public to submit additional comments on the composition of possible divisions and to submit conceptual maps for consideration as the potential division area maps are drawn.  The deadline to submit these additional comments and conceptual maps was January 6, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

Below are the instructions and materials that were provided to assist the public in submitting conceptual maps for consideration.


     How to Submit Comments and Conceptual Maps
     Any comments or maps you submit regarding the districting process, including ideas about creating director divisions or proposed division boundaries, will be reviewed. 
     There are three ways you can submit comments and conceptual maps: 

     1)   Submit comments using the Districting Idea and Comment Form
     2)  Submit a hand drawn conceptual map using the Plan Proposal Submission Map
     3)  Submit a division scenario using the District Plan Proposal Assignment Excel file.
    Below are links to instructions on how to submit comments and maps using any of these options, along with the documents you will need.

     If you have questions regarding the instructions, please email comments@IRWD.com or call 949-453-5312.

 

 

December 13, 2021

Public Hearing on Criteria to be Used When Drawing Division Boundaries and the Composition of Divisions, Prior to the Drawing of Map(s)
5:00 pm
IRWD Board Room
15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Notice of Public Hearing - English
Notice of Public Hearing - Spanish
Notice of Public Hearing - Farsi
Notice of Public Hearing - Korean
Notice of Public Hearing - Chinese

January 24, 2022
Public Hearing on the Composition of Divisions and Draft Map(s)
5:00 pm
IRWD Board Room
15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Notice of Public Hearing - English
Notice of Public Hearing - Spanish
Notice of Public Hearing - Farsi
Notice of Public Hearing - Korean
Notice of Public Hearing - Chinese

February 14, 2022
Public Hearing on the Composition of Divisions and Draft Map(s), and Consideration of Adopting a Final Map of Redistricted Divisions
5:00 pm
IRWD Board Room
15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Notice of Public Hearing - English
Notice of Public Hearing - Spanish
Notice of Public Hearing - Farsi
Notice of Public Hearing - Korean
Notice of Public Hearing - Chinese

February 28, 2022 - This public hearing will only be held if the IRWD Board of Directors does not adopt a final map of redistricted divisions at its February 14, 2022, board meeting
Public Hearing on the Composition of Divisions and Draft Map(s), and Consideration of Adopting a Final Map of Redistricted Division Boundaries
5:00 pm
IRWD Board Room
15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Library

Links to these materials will be added once the materials are available.

Draft Maps Previously Considered

December 1, 2022: Summary of Existing Conditions for IRWD

December 13, 2021: Public Hearing Materials

January 24, 2022: Public Hearing Materials

February 14, 2022: Public Hearing Materials