What is the ANC?

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (“ANC”) is a unique local government body that you won’t see in other cities.  It is the ground floor of the District government that handles the matters directly affecting your day-to-day life: traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

How are the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions set up?

The District of Columbia is divided into eight (8) Wards, and if you live in the Mt. Vernon area you are in the Ward 6.  Each of those Wards is divided into Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (“ANC”).  For example, Ward 6 is divided into five ANCs: 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D, and 6E (see Map 1). If you live in the Mt. Vernon area, it is likely you live in ANC 6E (see Map 2 below).  If you refer to the Map you can see how ANC 6E is even further divided into seven single member districts (“SMD”).  Each SMD elects one commissioner to sit on the ANC and represent their neighborhood.  If you live 6E05 – I want to be your commissioner.

When can I see the ANC in action?

At the beginning of each month the ANC holds a public meeting where government agencies, including the Police Department, give reports on their actions in the neighborhood and answer questions from the commissioners.  It is an ideal time for commissioners to share their concerns with government officials, and communicate the needs of their residents.

Additionally, local businesses and developers attend these meetings to share their business plans in the neighborhood to get approval from the ANC.  The ANC then votes if it will support an application for a license or an application for rezoning.

May I participate in public meetings?

The ANC has and should encourage private citizens to address government officials, or any private party seeking the approval of the ANC.  Questions and concerns shared by the public should always be the most important consideration when the ANC decides to take an official action.

Do I have to wait to for the public meetings to express my concerns?

Absolutely not!  As your ANC commissioner I will always be available to hear any problem or interest.  I will also be eager to set up times to meet with any resident who would like to discuss the affairs of our neighborhood.

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