Beginning in November of 2022, the City will be divided into four districts, and voters in each district will elect a City Councilmember who lives in their own district. The Mayor will continue to be elected by voters across Goleta. Districting is important because it will determine how our neighborhoods will be represented on City Council.
If you would like to submit your own draft map with your suggested district boundaries, you have until January 6, 2022 to submit it. Please visit the Draw a Map page to submit your map. Remember to draw four districts, each with a population close to 8,200 people.
There are two tools that you can use to draw a map with your suggested boundaries, both available on the Draw a Map page. One is the DistrictR online mapping tool. If you choose to use this tool, please remember these three steps to submit your map once you are finished: click the “Save” button in the upper right-hand corner, give your map a name, and click “Share to Gallery.” If you need assistance drawing your DistrictR map, watch our “How to Draw a Map” video tutorial for step-by-step instructions to guide you.
You can also use the paper map tool, of which there are two versions, one meant to be used with Excel and a more basic version. You can pick up the basic paper map tool at City Hall or the Goleta Valley Library during normal business hours, or print out a copy of either version from the Draw a Map page. Please use a thick dark-colored pen to draw your map, then submit it at City Hall, or email CityClerkGroup@CityofGoleta.org. You can hand-deliver, mail, fax, scan and email, or photograph and email your map.
Thank you to everyone who already submitted a map. Please note, if you submitted a map before the mapping tools were updated with the official Census 2020 population data on October 20, 2021, you will need to draw a new map to ensure that it is population balanced. Click here for tips on how to re-draw your map. The tips are also useful for anyone creating a map online.
January 26, 2022: The City’s Public Engagement Commission (PEC) will review the submitted draft maps at its meeting and make recommendations to the City Council
February 1, 2022: The City Council will review the PEC’s recommended draft maps
You can be involved in this process by participating in the meeting or submitting public comment ahead of time. An agenda with instructions on how to participate will be available prior to the meeting at this website: http://cityofgoleta.org/goletameetings.