On the October 27, 2016 Special General Issues Committee Meeting, City Councillors heard the findings from the Ward Boundary Review Final Report performed by Watson & Associates. The last review of ward boundaries occurred in 2001 with amalgamation. There were two rounds of public consultation, with public meetings including one in the Flamborough area, to ensure residents feedback and comments were included. Two final options were recommended to Council: a 15-ward option that strives to optimize population parity and a 16-ward option that, through the edition of one ward, achieves a reasonable population balance by ward and preserves communities of interest, while finding better effective representation than a 15-ward option.
Councillors have now voted for current ward boundaries to remain in place until more consultation and updated data is applied. Councillor Partridge believes that the diversity of issues that each ward faces, like rural Flamborough and growing urban Waterdown, should also be accounted for in the ward boundary review, and not solely representation by population. Councillors voted to consult residents and submit their own suggestions for ward re-drawing to Watson and Associates by the end of November.