In a recent report to council, staff recommend sticking with the five wards the city currently has:
- Otonabee (Ward 1)
- Monaghan (Ward 2)
- Town (Ward 3)
- Ashburnham (Ward 4)
- Northcrest (Ward 5).
As a result, staff have drafted three proposals using the following:
- That any new ward boundaries be designed to accommodate growth and population shifts for at least 10 years.
- That any new ward boundaries should achieve a general balancing of populations between wards, with a maximum variance between any two wards not to exceed a 25 per cent threshold.
- That ward boundaries should attempt to provide effective representation of electors, protecting communities of interest and traditional neighbourhoods.
- That physical features such as natural boundaries and major transportation corridors be used to delineate ward boundaries.
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