Legislative Spotlight: Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022 (DC Council)
Introduced by Councilmembers Henderson, Silverman, and Bonds, B24-0700, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022 would do two things:
Establish and describe the boundaries for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) areas and single-member districts (SMDs) within ANC areas
Lays out how ANCs become successors to the assets, obligations, and legal interests of their previous ANCs
This legislation is related to discussions over the past few months that the DC Council has convened with ward-specific task forces on ANC boundaries. In their meetings, there have been discussions about redistricting maps which are the basis for establishing new ANCs and SMD boundaries ahead of the upcoming November elections.
(To view the maps of the recommendations from each ANC task force click here)
CLPA's recent institution spotlight explained the purposes of ANCs and how their areas are subdivided into smaller regions called SMDs, which consist of about 2,000 people. The boundaries of these ANC areas and single-member districts are shown on the official maps of the District. Though officially going into effect on January 2, 2023, this bill would apply for the upcoming election on November 8th. These new boundaries would also determine the qualifications for candidates and the residence of a person who signs a nominating petition for the 2022 election.
(For more information about DC's 2022 Election, click here)
B24-0700 clarifies that each ANC is the successor to "any assets, obligations, or agreements of its predecessor previously established by law." The bill defines an "agreement" as any voluntary agreement in accordance with DC Code and any agreement relating to a Planned Unit Development, zoning variance, or special exception, and any agreement relating to historic preservation. It notes that the Chief Financial Officer, working with the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, will be responsible for reapportioning the quarterly allotments.
There will be a public hearing on B24-0700, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022, this Thursday at 10:00 am. The will be the second hearing on this bill. If you want to testify on this bill, please do so no later than 5:00 p.m. TODAY, April 26th, by clicking here.