According to the ANC website, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission has been operating as long as I've been alive – which means it turns 40 this year!
About ANC 4D
Above you'll see the ANC 4D boundaries (as of 2013, the only map available). I would represent 06 in the lower left-hand corner. Interesting enough, I would only represent half of Sherman Circle, while Commissioner Joe Martin in 4C09 is the other half. If you're unsure of what ANC you live in, look here. Check your voter status here.
ANC 4D meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Truesdell Educational Center, 800 Ingraham St. NW.
Address: P.O. Box 60834, Washington, D.C. 20039; Phone: 202-722-6830
About ANC (The following is summarized from the ANC website.)
An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government. Their main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. Additional details:
- The Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.
- They are elected at DC Elections in November in even-numbered years (e.g., 2016).
- Although they are not required to follow the ANCs' advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs' recommendations "great weight."
- 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.
I believe the ANCs' greatest endeavor is to ensure residents' voices are heard. Given ANCs are supposed to be contacted for any matters below before District agencies take action, it's important that Commissioners hear from residents when these matters affect them so they can represent their community and families to the best of their ability.
- Housing & Zoning
- Social & Health Services
- Traffic Safety & Streets
- Economic Development
- Sanitation & Trash Collection
- Annual District Budget
The ANCs are not just reactive bodies. They can make recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs and monitor resident complaints. Again, if these matters are important to residents, ANCs can facilitate action. Always reach out to your Commissioner for support!