ANC 6A Talks Ward 6 ANC Redistricting Plans

ANC 6A Report

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Ward 6 Redistricting

Chair of the Ward 6 Redistricting Task Force, Ivan Frishberg and Gottlieb Simon, a task force member, reported on the process for redistricting ANC 6 and each Single Member District (SMD) now that the new Ward boundaries have been drawn. The ultimate goal of redistricting is to divide each ANC into SMD’s averaging 2,000 residents, within a narrow margin, with roughly equal demographic representation in each, though Mr. Frishberg explained the Redistricting Task Force will aim to minimize altering existing commission boundaries when possible. 

Before the task force begins initial deliberations, the public will be invited to provide input by submitting their own boundary maps, much like with the redrawing of the larger Ward boundaries. Recommendations are then submitted to Councilmember Charles Allen who will also hear public comments once he has received the task force’s submissions. Councilmember Allen then brings his final recommendation for Ward 6 to the DC Council for a vote where residents will also be able to comment before the final vote. 

More details on this process as well as a list of public hearings and contact information for the task force can be found by visiting www.charlesallenward6.com/2022_ward_6_anc.

Unanimous Actions

The following motions and recommendations were passed by the Commissioners with unanimous consent;

• The Commissioners approved the recommendation to protest the application of The McKenzie Group, LLC t/a Ocean Lounge, at 1220 H St. NE (ABRA #114106) for a Class C Tavern License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline and that the CoChairs of the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee as well as the Chair and ViceChair of the ANC be authorized to represent the ANC in this matter.

• The Commissioners will send a letter to the DC Department of Transportation in support of traffic calming at the intersection of 13th and D Streets NE and in the 1300 block of D Street NE. 

• The Commissioners will send a letter of support for the March 26, 2022 Rock and Roll Half Marathon and 5K and request that race organizers improve communication and clean-up and communicate an “open streets” time period following the race for use by residents walking and biking. 

• The Commissioners will send a letter of support for DC Council to approve the MetroforDC Amendment Act of 2021 (B24-0429) and authorize the ANC Chair, Vice Chair or TPS Chair to testify before the DC Council on behalf of the ANC.

• The Commissioners approved the request for special exception zoning relief from the lot occupancy requirements and special exception zoning relief from the rear addition requirements to construct a rear deck to an existing, attached, two-story with cellar, principal dwelling unit at 905 L Street NE (BZA #20606).

• The Commissioners voted to send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in support of an installation of a speed camera in 1300 block of H Street NE, as well as other prior ANC 6A requests for speed cameras.

Other Actions

• The Commissioners voted to send a letter of support for the Stipulated License application of The McKenzie Group, LLC t/a Ocean Lounge in the event that a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline. The vote was 5 in favor with Commissioner Alcorn opposed and Commissioner Soderman abstaining. 

Attending: Chair Amber Gove (6A04) convened the February 10, 2022 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A via Zoom with Commissioners Keya Chatterjee (6A01),  Mike Soderman (6A03), Laura Gentile (6A05), Robb Dooling (6A06), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) and Brian Alcorn (6A08) in attendance. Commissioner Phil Toomajian (6A02) was absent. 

Visit www.anc6a.org for a calendar of meeting times, meeting agendas and other information.