Use the public mapping tools to draw and submit maps. There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest. You may choose to draw either a 4-district or a 5-district map.  For 4-district maps, the Mayor would be citywide, directly elected.  For 5-district maps, the Mayor position would rotate from among the five Council Members.

Mapping Tools:

1. Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.  NOW UPDATED WITH 2020 OFFICIAL CENSUS DATA (PRISONER-ADJUSTED)

Tools needed:

    • Public Participation Kit 4-District Map – Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)
    • Public Participation Kit 5-District Map – Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)
    • Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.

2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals.

Tools needed:

    • Public Participation Kit – Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)
    • Public Participation Kit 4-District Map – Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)
    • Public Participation Kit 5-District Map – Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)

3. Dave’s Redistricting App is an easy-to-use map drawing tool to create and submit redistricting maps.

    • Sign Up for DRA 2020
    • Read DRA 2020 User Guide
    • Use DRA 2020 select a map to start from and click “Duplicate.”  The site will take you to your personal “My Maps” list and your map will show (be patient, this takes a few seconds).  Rename your map keeping “Half Moon Bay” in the title.  Click “Edit” to begin drawing/editing.  When finished, go back to “My Maps,” select your map, and choose “Publish.”  (You may adjust the title and description before you submit.)  Send an email to notifying that your plan is published (please include your plan name).

4. DistrictR has been replaced with Dave’s Redistricting App (see above).  Note:  DistrictR used population estimates; Dave’s Redistricting App uses the official population.  Those who previously submitted under DistrictR are encouraged to redraw using Dave’s Redistricting App for population balance.  The archive DistrictR Gallery can be viewed here  (to view the Gallery, scroll down after opening the page, but do not use this mapping tool for drawing maps).

5. Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them. Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released). Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.

Tools needed:

5. Other Resources

Submit maps to After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.

It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria. An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district.