Carver County commissioners adopted new district borders last week to comply with population shifts in the county measured in the 2010 census. Laws require redistricting every 10 years to ensure equal representation.
Commissioners considered a total of 24 plans, narrowed the list to four and chose the final boundaries last Tuesday. They will be effective this fall and for the next 10 years.
Districts 1, 2 and 3 divide parts of the county's larger cities: Chaska, Chanhassen and Victoria. District 4 includes Mayer, Watertown and Waconia; District 5 covers Carver, Cologne, Hamburg, New Germany and Norwood Young America.
All five of the board's districts will be on the ballot in 2012. Normally the commissioners have four-year terms, but in the 2012 election cycle, Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be four-year terms and Districts 2 and 4 will have two-year terms.
A map of the new districts is on the county's website at www.co.carver.mn.us with a link to "2012 Redistricting Information."