- Representation by Population: wards should have relatively equal population totals. However, a degree of variation is acceptable given differences in geography and population densities as well as the town’s characteristics;
- Population and Electoral Trends: consider anticipated population increases/decreases so that ward sizes will be balanced for up to three terms of Council;
- Means of Communication and Accessibility: group existing neighbourhoods into wards that reflect current transportation and communication patterns;
- Geographic and Topographical Features: use geographical and topographical features to delineate ward boundaries while keeping wards compact and easy to understand; and,
- Community or Diversity of Interests: as far as possible, ward boundaries should be drawn around recognized settlement areas, traditional neighbourhoods (Village of St. Clair Beach, Rural Community) and community groupings – not through them
Please know that as Ward 2 Councillor, I have invested many hours into trying to ensure that Ward 2 and the entire population of Tecumseh will be content with the final boundary adjustment.