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Dallas is redrawing its city council districts. Here's what that means for residents.

A photo showing the outside of Dallas City Hall in the daytime.
Tony Gutierrez
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Associated Press
A large plaza leads up to Dallas City Hall, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, Thursday, May 16, 2019.

The Redistricting Commission held a meeting Wednesday to begin the process of redrawing Dallas City Council district lines.

Every 10 years, the city of Dallas redraws boundaries for its city council districts. A 15-member Redistricting Commission is now developing a proposed plan for new districts using updated census data.

At a commission meeting Wednesday, Lindsey Wilson with the city's Office of Equity and Inclusion said the process could address inequities among Dallas' growing population.

“There are disparities across various things, including education, neighborhoods and infrastructure, economic opportunity, justice in government," Wilson said.

Dallas residents could find themselves living in new council districts once boundaries change, and commissioners hope to hear feedback from the public.

Commissioner Diane Ragsdale wants to make sure that people are equipped to share input on this complex process.

“I just want to make sure that on the front end, we make it very clear to people during the public hearing process some of the fundamentals of what we are doing and what the requirements are," Ragsdale said.

The committee hasn't released a timeline, but the commission plans to publicize the release date of a new interactive map in the next two weeks.

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