Frequently Asked Questions
What is an ANC?
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are locally elected bodies which consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget.
In each of these areas, the intent of the ANC legislation is to ensure input from an advisory board that is made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action. The ANCs are the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood. The ANCs present their positions and recommendations -- "advice" -- on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities. Under certain conditions, ANC advice must be given "great weight" by those agencies, meaning that they must acknowledge the advice and explain why they do or do not accept it.
ANCs may also present their positions to Federal agencies, but those agencies are under no obligation to pay any attention to ANC advice.
How are the Commissioners chosen?
ANC Commissioners are residents who are elected to serve for two-year terms by the residents of their Single-Member Districts, each comprising about 2000 residents. The position of ANC Commissioner is unpaid. ANCs are allotted funds by the District to cover their operating expenses.
What are the boundaries of the Mount Pleasant ANC?
This is the legal description of the boundaries of ANC1D: "All streets are located in the Northwest quadrant. Beginning at the intersection of Rock Creek and a line extending Piney Branch Parkway from the east; East along said line extending Piney Branch Parkway to Piney Branch Parkway; Continuing east on Piney Branch Parkway to 16th Street; South on 16th Street to Harvard Street; West on Harvard Street to its end; Continuing west along a line extending Harvard Street to the west to Rock Creek; North along Rock Creek to its intersection with a line extending Piney Branch Parkway from the east, the point of beginning."