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 established by the Home Rule Charter of 1973 and approved by voter referendum on May 7, 1974. The first ANC commissioners took office in 1979. Each ANC functions as an advisor to the DC Council and executive branch, representing the residents of their neighborhood, with the distinction that ANCs are part of District government, the commissioners are elected public officials, and city agencies must give particular attention to the recommendations of an ANC.

The specific roles of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, as defined by the D.C. Municipal Code, include advising “the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor and each executive agency, and all independent agencies, boards and commissions of the government of the District of Columbia with respect to all proposed matters of District government policy including, but not limited to, decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, education, health, safety, budget, and sanitation which affect that Commission area.” (D.C. Code Title I, Chapter 3, Subchapter V Part A § 1 -309.10 (a))

The law states that “the issues and concerns raised in the recommendations of the Commission shall be given great weight during the deliberations by the government entity.” (§ 1-309.10 (d)(3)(A))

ANCs are also allowed to give grants for a public purpose, which is defined as something that benefits the commission area (not a private entity or entities but the community as a whole). (§ 1-309.13 (I-1)).

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 individually at researching issues, addressing specific questions from constituents, and assisting residents to get in touch with city agencies or others who can help resolve their concerns or service needs.  The Commission may only take an official position by formal vote of the commissioners at a duly noticed public meeting at which a quorum is present. (Three of the five members constitute a quorum.)

ANC 3B Bylaws

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

Know Your ANC District

Find out what ANC district you live in using the Locate Your ANC and SMD page, the city’s interactive mapping system designed to help District residents identify which Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Single Member District serve them.

You can also use the DC Atlas to find information on your neighborhood, including ANC and political boundaries, zoning, property lines, and the location of schools, libraries, recreational facilities, fire stations, police stations, swimming pools, Metro stations, Post Offices, and more.