Sunday, September 4, 2011
ANC 6C W6TF Recommendations
From ANC 6C Chair, Commissioner Karen Wirt:
ANC 6C held a special meeting last night (August 29, 2011) to discuss redistricting. We had a quorum of 5 out of 9 commissioners. We held 4 votes. All votes were unanimous, 5:0:0, with motions as follows --
1. No support for the Ronneberg plan to divide ANC 6C in half and give the northern SMDs to to 6A and the southern SMDs to 6B.
Reasons: We do not see the need for the H Street corridor to be under one ANC. 6C has worked successfully with 6A through the years regarding H Street and we see no reason for that to change; for example, we worked well together to establish the H Street overlay and the moratorium against single-bottle sales of alcoholic beverages. We support the H Street festival and positive development on the corridor. We see a greater need for 6C to remain where it is to address the many developers coming south from NoMa and down North Capitol as well as near Union Station. We owe it to our constituents to maintain the institutional memory of this development progress and continue to look out for their quality of life during the development.
2. No cutout at K Street into 6C05 for Ward 2. Keep 6C05 intact in 6C.
Reasons: It is best to keep ANC 6C05 in tact for neighborhood cohesiveness. The commissioner in that SMD has worked closely with constituents and fought long and hard to maintain neighborhood improvement and solidarity. This representation has been enormously effective in ensuring that the quality of life of these residents is not negatively impacted. We want that work to continue. If the reason for the cutout at K Street is to give Ward 2 Mt. Vernon Triangle area residents a voice in the Union Station development, ANC 6C welcomes their input, but not at the cost of dividing up the 6C05 community.
3. 6C01, 02, and 03 would join the 4 Shaw SMDs to become ANC 6E, giving them 7 commissioners. Several caveats went with this vote:
(a) We recommend that Tommy Wells be closely involved in monitoring the development and functioning of this new ANC.
(b) ANC 6C hopes to provide support and leadership through the commissioners it is providing to 6E. Our vote on this matter included the stipulation that ANC 6C and 6E would have joint meetings and work together when development begins to move south from NoMa and down North Capitol because the development in that region is coming and will affect all our constituents in 6C and 6E.
(c) 6C will absorb the land south of Mass Ave in NW (to be part of my SMD 6C08). I have worked with the residents there through the years and have served on the board of the CCNV, so have good knowledge of their concerns.
(d) ANC 6C supports expanding its eastern border to the area between Florida and H from 7th to 8th Street.
6C recognizes the importance of helping our SMD neighbors to the north during a transitional period. Rather than try to absorb these 4 Shaw SMDs into 6C, we understand their need for autonomy and respect it. To add them to 6C in our view would make an ANC that is too large to manage effectively (13 SMDs), which would result in too little time at monthly meetings to devote to the myriad matters that come before us, especially during a heavy development period predicted to come in the next decade. Our commissioners in 6C01, 6C02, and 6C03 can strengthen the 6E team and can provide guidance, experience, and support. 6E would thus have 7 commissioners.
4. 6C also needs 7 commissioners to function efficiently.
Reasons: It will be difficult to ensure a quorum with an even number (in the current plan, 6) because of several commissioners who travel frequently, absences because of illness, etc. By gaining an SMD we would have 7 commissioners, a number that we believe is a minimum to conduct the business of the people. We propose gaining a commissioner by expanding the southern border to Independence Avenue. This area is a continuation of the historic district, which our commissioners and a number of our constituents work hard to preserve, and we would continue to be the watchdogs for the historic district we now represent as well as these few blocks south of East Capitol.
Thank you for consideration of these recommendations. Please forward to relevant parties and post it on the redistricting blog. We will be working on individual SMD boundaries in the next few weeks and will forward that information when it is complete.
ANC 6C chair
on behalf of ANC 6C
(Fengler note: Once W6TF receives the specific SMD boundaries, those will be posted. ANC 6C is scheduled to meet on September 15.)