ABOUT THE ANC

An Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Each ANC is subdivided into a number of smaller areas called Single Member Districts (SMDs). One Commissioner is elected per SMD and represents about 2,000 people. Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay.

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. Although they are not required to follow an ANC's advice, DC agencies are required to give an ANC's recommendations "great weight." Moreover, DC law says that agencies cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANC 30 days notice. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.

You can read more about ANC 4B, including the Commission's boundaries and information about upcoming meetings, governing documents, and ANC advocacy, below and on the ANC 4B website.

ANC 4B BOUNDARIES

ANC 4B extends from Georgia Avenue, NW, to the West; Eastern Avenue, NW, to the East; and Longfellow Street, Shepherd Road, Missouri Avenue, Riggs Road, South Dakota Avenue, and Kennedy Street, NW, to the South. SMD 4B02 extends from Georgia Avenue, NW, to the West; Elder Street, Highland Avenue, Butternut Street, and Cedar Street, NW, to the North; Blair Road and 4th Street, NW, to the East, and Van Buren Street, NW, to the South. If you are unsure of which ANC you live in, check here.

ANC 4B GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Act of 1975 created ANCs to represent residents within Commission areas in each of the 8 Wards of the District. The provisions of the Act are available here.

ANC 4B's Bylaws and its Rules of Procedure, as amended on January 27, 2020, are available here.

ANC 4B MEETINGS

ANC 4B normally holds its regular monthly meetings on the fourth Monday of every month (except for months when ANC 4B recesses) at 7:00 p.m. at the MPD 4th District Headquarters (6001 Georgia Avenue, NW). During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic ANC 4B has been meeting virtually. Please check the ANC 4B website for up-to-date information regarding regular monthly meetings, including agendas and draft materials

 

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ANC ADVOCACY

ANCs are granted "party status" before some government entities, such as the Zoning Commission, the Board of  Zoning Adjustment, and the Alcohol License Review Board. For many government entities, ANC recommendations are given "great weight," but do not require agency action. ANCs express their positions via resolutions and other Commission action. You can view ANC 4B resolutions that have been approved here, and ANC 4B's Annual Report here. Commissioners can also advocate as individuals via letters and other communications to elected officials and agency representatives.