Author: Rob Goodspeed


  1. From my website:

    What is an ANC?

    The acronym “ANC” stands for both Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners.

    There are 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions in the city, and nearly 300 single member district (SMD) Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Each commission includes several SMDs, with approximately 2,000 residents in each SMD (determined every 10 years following the census). Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners are elected every two years by the residents of the SMD. The positions are unpaid and nonpartisan.

    Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and ANC Commissioners advise the District government on particular issues affecting their areas, including planning, transportation, social services, health, public safety, sanitation, and Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) licensing.

    The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods. These include traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. In fact, no public policy area is excluded from the purview of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

    The intent of the legislation that created the ANC system is to ensure input from an advisory board that is made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action. ANC commissions are therefore the bodies of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood.

    The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the executive branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards and commissions, usually under rules of procedure specific to those entities. By law, the ANCs may also present their positions to federal agencies.

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