What is the ANC?
In 1976, Washington, DC created the first Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in order to provide residents with a greater say in the matters that affect their neighborhoods. The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government.
What is the role of the anc?
The primary job of the ANC is to be official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on matters that affect the neighborhood. Although not required to follow the advice of the ANC, District agencies are required to give "great weight" to recommendations made by the ANC. Moreover, District law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANCs 30 days advance notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.
The ANCs may also initiate recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs, and monitor resident complaints.
How many individuals does an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner represent?
Each ANC area is subdivided into a number of smaller areas (Single Member Districts). Only one Commissioner is elected per district (e.g. ANC 3C05), and each Commissioner serves approximately 2,000 people.
What does ANC 3C include?
ANC 3C includes nine Single Member Districts and encompasses Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, Cathedral Heights, Massachusetts Heights, and McLean Gardens.
For more information on the ANCs, please visit: http://anc.dc.gov/.
To read more about the specific activities, issues, and opportunities with ANC 3C, please visit: http://anc3c.org/.