What is an ANC?


What is an ANC?

An Advisory Neighborhood Commission considers a wide range of policies and programs affecting its neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget. In each of these areas, the intent of the ANC legislation 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. The ANCs are the body 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. The law states that recommendations made by the ANC "...shall be given great weight (D.C. code, Section 1-261(d)) by government agencies as they deliberate on maters that affect the residents of the ANC area." The ANCs' most important power, therefore, is the power of involved and concerned citizens. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, each elected from a Single Member District (SMD) of about 2,000 voters, serve without pay for two-year terms. The ANCs were created in 1973, a unique feature of the District's Home Rule Charter. .

The ANC oath of office is as follows:

    I,(name), having been duly elected as a Commissioner of the ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA do solemnly swear or affirm that:
I, (name), will support and defend the Constitution of the United States; that I will perform such duties as may be assigned to me as a member of said COMMISSION to the best of my ability without fear or favor; that I will exercise my best judgment and will consider each matter before me from the viewpoint of the best interest of the District of Columbia as a whole; and that I will faithfully discharge said duties, SO HELP ME GOD.

Contact information:

Mailing address and location of meetings: Ryland Methodist Church, 3200 "S" ST., S.E (near Branch & Penn. Ave, S.E.) Washington, DC 20020

 Office address: 3851 Alabama Ave., SE Washington, D.C. 20020

 phone:202-584-3400, fax: 202-584-3420,

 ANC 7B covers an area of southeast Washington east of the Anacostia River. (See map See map and description). ANC 7B includes the neighborhoods of Hillcrest, Fort Davis, Fort Dupont, Randle-Highlands, Penn-Branch, Fairfax Village, Naylor Gardens, and part of Fairlawn. The Commissioners stay in touch with the community through monthly meetings, various publications, and neighborhood and block associations. The seven commissioners also invite members of their districts to contact them directly..

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