FLORENCE — Pinal County residents can now view two proposed maps, labeled Map A and Map B, that redraw county supervisor districts.
Depending on which map is chosen, the Robson Ranch area of Eloy could remain in Supervisor District 3 with Casa Grande or it could join the rest of Eloy in District 1.
Florence, which is now split between Districts 1 and 2, would only be in District 1 under the new maps. Only some state land in the eastern town limits is part of the northern Pinal District 5.
Both maps take Superior out of District 1 and put it in District 5 with Apache Junction. Kearny could remain with the other rural eastern Pinal communities in District 1, or it could also join District 5.
Map A puts Saddlebrooke Ranch in District 4 with Arizona City and Maricopa. Map B leaves it in District 1.
Pinal County residents may ask questions and share their opinions on the two proposals for redrawing supervisor district lines in public open houses starting next week. The public will also see a proposed new Justice Court precinct map.
To see the maps and a schedule of open houses, and leave a comment if desired, visit Pinal County’s redistricting page. Halfway down the page, there’s a link to an interactive map, allowing the user to see a comparison of current boundary lines with the new proposals. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a decision on redrawn boundary lines on March 2.
Deputy Town Manager Himanshu Patel said Map A attempts to follow current boundaries as much as possible, while accounting for the county’s high growth areas such as San Tan Valley, Maricopa and Saddlebrooke.
Deputy County Attorney Allen Quist said redistricting must follow the decennial U.S. Census, in keeping with the “one person, one vote” principle that districts shouldn’t differ in population by more than 10%. In Pinal County, this means districts each averaging just over 85,000 people, and differing by no more than 8,500 people. However, the next election for all five supervisors will be in 2024.
More than simply numbers, the new districts also attempt to group communities of similar interests, Patel said. Superior, and possibly Kearny, will join Apache Junction’s District 5 because they have a shared interest in the U.S. 60 corridor and common themes of recreation, tourism and natural resources, Patel said.
Upcoming open houses are 6-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the Pinal County Complex in Maricopa; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Apache Junction Performing Arts Center; and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Arizona City firehouse.
Further open houses are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the 1891 Courthouse in Florence; 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at MountainView Clubhouse in Saddlebrooke; 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the San Manuel Community Center; 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Pinal County Complex in San Tan Valley; and 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Casa Grande City Hall.