ANC 6A boundary recommendation
ANC 2C boundary recommendation (for new ANC 6E)
By way of background, if a zoning case is within an ANC, that ANC is automatically a party to the case. As a party, the ANC may file motions, cross-examine witnesses, and appeal decisions. Party status also gives the ANC more time to present its case. Other ANCs may seek party status, but it may or may not be granted by the Zoning Commission (ZC) or Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). If another ANC is not given party status, they may still testify in favor or opposition, but their participation is more limited than if they had been granted party status.
According to the zoning regulations, both the ZC and BZA "shall grant party status only if the person requesting party status has clearly demonstrated that the person's interests would likely be more significantly, distinctively, or uniquely affected in character or kind by the proposed zoning action (or relief) than those of other persons in the general public."
Although proximity would likely enter into this determination, having an ANC boundary within a certain distance of a project is neither a guarantee nor a requirement of party status according to the regulations. Rather, the ANC must make the case that it has some special characteristics that merit party status.
In practice, it appears that the ZC and BZA have sometimes used "abutting" or "across the street" as a mental shorthand for judging the merit of a party status request. For example, in ZC 05-37, the Chair of the ZC, Anthony Hood said:
This project is in the boundaries of ANC 6C and ANC 6A has requested party status and I am inclined to oppose ANC 6A for granting party status. Again, there's an appropriate time which ANC 6A would be able to come and express their opposition to the Commission. Now, if it was right across the street, I would be thinking a little differently. The precedent we have done in the past we granted ANCs both party status when it abutted or was within close nature. I think when you're a few blocks away, you also can address that at the appropriate time.An issue for the Task Force is how to weigh these requests for territorial extensions along with competing Task Force priorities. These include balancing workloads and resources of ANCs, using natural or built features to the extent they make sense to residents in defining the boundaries of ANCs, and designing ANCs and SMDs that are compact and contiguous.
Should the Task Force attempt to strengthen ANC 6A and 2C's arguments for party status in upcoming zoning cases by recommending "thumbs" into ANC 6C?