ANCs' help to provide residents with a greater say in the matters that affect their neighborhoods.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissions were established in 1976 as part of the District's Home Rule Charter, to bring government closer to the people, and the people closer to government. ANCs' help to provide residents with a greater say in the matters that affect their neighborhoods. Commissions are made up of elected, unpaid Commissioners. Commissioners serve two year terms and are elected in even numbered years. The ANCs' main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government on issues that affect their neighborhoods. District agencies are required to give the ANCs' recommendations "great weight"and cannot take any action that will significantly affect a neighborhood unless they give the affected ANCs 30 days advance notice. This includes issues related to zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services. The ANCs may also initiate recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs, and monitor resident complaints.