The Role of the ANCs

Referred to as “… a unique experiment in neighborhood democracy” by the League of Women Voters, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) were first established by the Home Rule Charter of 1973 and later approved by voter referendum on May 7, 1974. ANCs function essentially as citizen advisory boards, representing the citizens of a particular neighborhood. As such, the periodic meetings of the ANC serve the same function in an urban context as a town meeting does in a rural one.

The specific role of the advisory neighborhood commissions, as defined by the D.C. Election code, includes advising the district government …

” … on matters of public policy including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, safety, and sanitation in that neighborhood commission area.” (D.C. Code, Section 1-251(c)(1))

The law also states that recommendations made by the ANC …

” … shall be given great weight” (D.C. Code, Section 1-261(d)) … as they deliberate on matters that affect the residents of the ANC area.

Glover Park/Cathedral Heights ANC

The Glover Park/Cathedral Heights Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 3B) consists of five commissioners, each elected from one of the five Single Member Districts (SMDs) making up the ANC area. The periodic ANC meetings serve primarily as a community forum wherein the residents of the neighborhood can communicate their concerns directly to the commissioners. In the periods between ANC meetings, the commissioners work at resolving specific problems and managing community projects which will benefit the neighborhood as a whole.

ANC 3B Bylaws

Click here to read the full Bylaws of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B

Know Your ANC District

Find out what ANC distrcit you live in using the DC Citizens Atlas, an interactive mapping system that provides District residents information about their ANC district and their neighborhood, including schools, political boundaries, libraries, recreational facilities, fire stations, hospital centers, police stations, swimming pools, tennis counts, Metro stations, post offices, and more.