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The city of Concord will continue the process of redistricting at a virtual public hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 10.

The City Council will receive an update on city progress, receive public input, and provide initial direction to the demographer on the composition of the draft maps.

Redistricting typically happens every 10 years when the federal government releases census results. The goal is to have equal populations within each district, while recognizing other factors, like natural geography or existing municipal boundaries.

The city said in a statement it wants feedback concerning “communities of interest” — populations with common social or economic interests that should be in a single district for fair and effective representation.

The final map determines voting districts. Concord first drew the boundaries for its five districts with community input and adopted them in early 2018.

Feedback can be provided verbally or via email through public comment at the meeting, or through a “community of interest” form located on the city’s redistricting website. Residents are also invited to submit their own draft maps, which are due by Jan. 18.

The city held a public hearing in November and has since hosted two workshops, providing information about how to use the mapping tools and provide feedback. Links to the tools and additional resources and information are available at the city’s redistricting website.

This information is also available in Spanish.

The Jan. 10 meeting will be held via Zoom.