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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Sept. 26, 2023

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Port of Vancouver USA approves new districts

By , Columbian staff writer

The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt newly drawn district boundaries.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years, following the national decennial census.

The commissioners held three public hearings since Aug. 23. The vote was held Sept. 27 immediately following the last hearing.

The port’s taxing district encompasses an area of 111 square miles, and includes 335,569 people. The area is divided into three separate districts, with one commissioner representing each district.

Currently, Don Orange represents District 1, Eric LaBrant represents District 2 and Jack Burkman represents District 3.

“The population growth in Clark County affected the equal distribution of residents living in each of the port’s three commission districts,” read a statement from the port. “Due to this growth, a map was drawn, adjusting the commissioner district boundaries to bring the three districts to as nearly equal population as possible.”

The port worked with Clark County Geographic Information Services to determine the best recommendation to align the three districts with generally the same population as the target population. The target was for each district to have 111,856 people.

Questions or more information about the port’s redistricting process can be found at www.portvanusa.com/commission/districts.