Bellevue’s aggressive annexation package in the past six months that increased the city’s population by approximately 8,000 people will bring about changes to Bellevue City Council ward boundaries for the 2020 elections.

Regulations require that when a city annexes it must reconfigure its voting wards to maintain a population balance between wards. To accomplish that goal, city officials reached out to Metropolitan Area Planning Agency to develop the revised boundaries for Bellevue’s five wards.

According to Josh Corrigan, Geographic Information Systems coordinator for MAPA, approximately 9,500 Bellevue residents will be voting in a different ward than in previous elections.

Wards 2-5 now each have more than 12,000 residents while Ward 1 has 11,602 residents. Each current council member will continue to be in his or her current ward.

The MAPA breakdown by ward:

  • Ward 1: 9,924 residents (old boundary) / 11,602 (new).
  • Ward 2: 10,505 / 12,413.
  • Ward 3: 10,941 / 12,264.
  • Ward 4: 10,827 / 12,230.
  • Ward 5: 10,602 / 12,355.

The proposed ward changes are based on 2010 census figures, and Corrigan said the city will need to address the issue again when data becomes available from the 2020 census.

The City Council introduced Ordinance 3981 at its Nov. 5 meeting to revise the ward boundaries, which have been in place since 2014. A public hearing on the matter takes place at Tuesday’s council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the council chamber, 1500 Wall St.

By law, the new ward boundaries must be submitted to the county election commissioner by Dec. 11 for those boundaries to be in effect for the May 12 primary.

Boundary descriptions as provided by MAPA:

a. Ward 1 shall contain the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the intersection of Lincoln Road and Jewell Avenue, east and north along Jewell Avenue to Jewell Road, east on Jewell Road to Bellevue Boulevard South, north on Bellevue Boulevard South to Forest Drive, north and east on Forest Drive to the east Bellevue city limit, south along the east Bellevue city limit to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to Lincoln Road, north on Lincoln Road to the point of beginning;

b. The part of the City of Bellevue to the south of Offutt Air Force Base and east of Fort Crook Road;

c. the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the intersection of Capehart Road and 25th Street, east along Capehart Road to the north Bellevue city limit to Schilling Drive, east along Schilling Drive to the east Bellevue city limit, south along the east Bellevue city limit to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to 25th Street, north along 25th Street to the point of beginning;

a. Ward 2 shall contain the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the intersection of US 75 and Cornhusker Road, east along Cornhusker Road to Harvell Drive, east along Harvell Drive to Chateau Drive, north and east along Chateau Drive to Casdo Drive, north and east along Cascio Drive to Kayleen Drive, north along Kayleen Drive to Gregg Road, east along Gregg Road to Lorraine Drive, south and east along Lorraine Drive to Lorraine Avenue, east along Lorraine Avenue to Bellevue Boulevard South, east, north, and south along Bellevue Boulevard South to Jewell Road, west along Jewell Road to Jewell Avenue, south and west along Jewell Avenue to Lincoln Road, south along Lincoln Road to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to Fort Crook Road, south along Fort Crook Road to Schilling Drive, west along Schilling Drive to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to Harlan Drive, west along Harlan Drive to US 75, north along US 75 to the point of beginning;

b. The part of the City of Bellevue beginning at Maass Road and the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to 36th Street, south along 36th Street to the north Bellevue city limit, east along the north Bellevue city limit to the east Bellevue city limit, south along the east Bellevue city limit to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to 36th Street, north along 36th Street to Hwy 370, west along Hwy 370 to 42nd Street, south along 42nd Street to Maass Road, west and south along Maass Road to the point of beginning.

a. Ward 3 shall contain the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the intersection of Maass Road and the west Bellevue city limit, north and east along Maass Road to 42nd Street, north along 42nd Street to Hwy 370, east along Hwy 370 to 36th Street, south along 36th Street to Capehart Road, east along Capehart Road to 25th Street, south along 25th Street to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to Schneekloth Road, west along Schneekloth Road to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to the east Bellevue city limit, south along the east Bellevue city limit to Schneekloth Road, west along Schneekloth Road to 36th Street, north along 36th Street to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to the north Bellevue city limit, east along the north Bellevue city limit to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to 36th Street to Capehart Road, west along Capehart Road to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to Maass Road, north along Maass Road to the point of beginning;

Ward 4 shall contain the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and 25th Street, north along 25th Street to Harrison Street, east along Harrison Street to the east Bellevue city limit, south along the east Bellevue city limit to Forest Drive, south and west along Forest Drive to Bellevue Boulevard South, west and south along Bellevue Boulevard South to Lorraine Avenue, west along Lorraine Avenue to Lorraine Drive, north and west along Lorraine Drive to Gregg Road, west along Gregg Road to Kayleen Drive, south along Kayleen Drive to Cascio Drive, south and west along Cascio Drive to Harvell Drive, north and west along Harvell Drive to Cornhusker Road, north and west along Cornhusker Road to US 75, south along US 75 to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to Cornhusker Road, west along Cornhusker Road to Cedar Island Road, north along Cedar Island Road to Georgia Avenue, east along Georgia Avenue to the point of beginning.

Ward Five

Ward 5 shall contain the part of the City of Bellevue beginning at the west Bellevue city limits and Harrison Street, east along Harrison Street to 25th Street, south along 25th Street to Georgia Avenue, west along Georgia Avenue to Cedar Island Road, south along Cedar Island Road to Cornhusker Road, west along Cornhusker Road to the south Bellevue city limit, west along the south Bellevue city limit to the west Bellevue city limit, north along the west Bellevue city limit to the point of beginning.

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