Due to population changes in the 2010 Census, Bethlehem Township is proposing a redistricting of the four wards. According to the Northampton County Board of Elections, this ward redistricting will go into effect AFTER the November 2015 election.
As you can see from the maps, the 2003 Map
shows the population variance of the wards from 5,135 people in Ward 2 to 6,816 people in Ward 4. This is a 30% population variance. In December of 2014, a meeting was held with the Township Solicitor, Township Manager, Township Physical Plant and Information Systems Director, and Township GIS Consultant. The purpose of this meeting was to more evenly distribute the population among the four wards, making as few changes as possible. The data points that we had available were the population counts per census block and the homes of the current Commissioners, as we did not want to move a sitting Commissioner out of his ward.
The Proposed Map
that the staff presented to the Commissioners in January 2015 has a new population variance in the wards ranging now from 5,891 in Ward 4 to 5,961 in Ward 3. This is a 1% population variance. An Ordinance adopting the new ward map is being prepared by the solicitor's office and will be presented for the Board's review and advertisement at an upcoming Board meeting. Check the Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda
for the exact date.
Please note that there will be no changes to the ward map for any of the 2015 elections.
If you have any comments or questions about the ward map, please email Melissa Shafer
, Township Manager, or call 610-814-6400.