the Sheridan-Kalorama ANC
Role of the ANCs
Referred to as "... a unique experiment in neighborhood
democracy" by the League of Women Voters, Advisory Neighborhood
(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.
The Sheridan-Kalorama Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 1-D) consists of
two commissioners, each elected from one of the two Single Member Districts
(SMDs) making up the ANC area. With its two commissioners, the
Sheridan-Kalorama ANC is the smallest of the city's ANCs in respect to both
the number of residents its represents as well as in respect to the size of
the commission functioning as its board. Consequently, the periodic ANC
meetings serve primarily as a community forum wherein the residents of the
neighborhood can communicate their concerns directly to the two
commissioners. In the periods between ANC meetings, the two
commissioners work in tandem at resolving specific problems and managing
community projects which will benefit the neighborhood as a whole.
A map of the boundaries of the Sheridan-Kalorama ANC as well as the
constituent SMDs can be viewed here.
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