2023 County Commissioner Redistricting
Redistricting is the process to redraw county commissioner district boundaries so they accurately reflect population changes in Colorado counties.
By law, all counties must review their commissioner district boundaries after each federal census to ensure the districts are as equal in population as possible. Traditionally, this review occurred in the year following the federal census and had to be completed by September 30. However, significant delays in availability of population data from the 2020 Census due to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for counties to conduct the mandated review by the statutory deadline in 2021. House Bill 21-1047 enacted in the legislative session attempted to correct this issue by making a number of important changes to the county redistricting statute - including the timing of the mandated review. The new deadline to review and complete redistricting is September 30, 2023.
REVISED Statutory Requirements for County Redistricting CRS 30-10-306(1): "In no event shall there be more than five percent deviation between the most populous and the least populous district in each county, at the time such district boundaries are adopted." Previously, the statute merely stated that the commissioner districts had to be "as nearly equal in population as possible," but no specific requirements were given.
The 2020 Census Bureau data reflects Archuleta County's population at 13,359 up from the 2010 census of 12,084.
The Board of County Commissioners were presented with and discussed the proposed changes to the commissioner districts at the work session on May 23, 2023.
Upcoming Commissioner Meeting
The County is seeking public comment on the proposed commissioner redistricting. The proposed county redistricting maps can be viewed online, or in person at the Old Courthouse at 449 San Juan Street in Pagosa Springs. Digital maps are linked at the bottom of this page.
Comments can also be made at the following regular meetings of the Commissioners:
Wednesday July 5th at 1:30 pm
The meetings will be held at the County Administration building in the Commissioners Meeting Room at 398 Lewis Street. The public can also attend and provide comment via Zoom at:
Meeting ID 916 0904 8375 - Passcode 4141885