The Providence City Council will hold a special public hearing today, Monday, March 28 at 5 p.m in regards of public comment on the proposed Ward Boundary Map for the redistricting of the city’s (15) wards. This meeting will take place at the City Council Chamber, 25 Dorrance Street, 3rd floor.
Five (5) public in-person hearings were held across the city, where residents learned more and offered feedback on the Ward Boundaries process. Why does the city need new Ward Boundaries in 2022? Every 10 years, Providence’s 15 Wards are redistricted using criteria outlined in the Home Rule Charter and based on the latest U.S. Census data. 2020 Census data showed the city’s population grew by 12,892 people to 190,934. The effort to redraw the Ward maps was led by a 5-member committee of Providence residents appointed by the City Council. The committee submitted a map to the City Council earlier this month. The full City Council must hold another public meeting and vote twice on the boundaries before they become final.
Full agenda for tonight can be found here
The public hearing will also be live-streamed here