The 5 District plan calls for grouping areas of Whatcom County by shared interest: there’s a coastal district, a farmland district, a foothills and lakes district and then two in Bellingham – south and north.

After Proposition 9 is approved, a redistricting committee will convene and adjust the lines to make sure they’re equal.

The districts themselves are described in the County Council ordinance: “BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that the initial districts shall be as equal as possible and that District 1 shall contain Ferndale, Lummi Reservation, Lummi Island, Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts; District 2 shall contain Lynden, Sumas, Everson, Nooksack and the surrounding farmland; District 3 shall contain Deming, Welcome, Kendall, Maple Falls, Acme, Sudden Valley, Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish and Chuckanut; District 4 shall be north Bellingham; District 5 shall be south Bellingham.”

Beyond that description, the finalized map will depend on the work of a redistricting committee.