The Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions has published new Area Neighborhood Commission (“ANC”) and Single Member District (“SMD”) boundary maps, which were tentatively published by the Office of Planning in March 2012. The boundaries were created after Ward Redistricting Legislation kept much of the Kingman Park neighborhood in Ward 7. Many Kingman Park residents advocated for participation in Ward 6, where Kingman Park was included since home rule in 1973 until it was shifted to Ward 7 in 2003. The legislation did, however, award Kingman Park residents Ward 6 parking privileges, thanks to resident advocacy.
After the Ward boundaries were established, a Ward 7 ANC redistricting task force was formed. Councilmember Alexander appointed SMD 7D01 Commissioner Lisa White and Bob Coomber (author of this post) as task force members to represent Kingman Park. We advocated for SMD 7D01′s participation in ANC 6A instead of ANC 7D, which most Kingman Park residents supported (over 65 residents signed a petition in support).
The Task Force’s Final Report did not recommend 7D01′s participation in 6A, but did expand 7D01′s boundaries to include all of RFK stadium (instead of just the Northern half) as well as the Armory. You can compare the maps below:
The nearly final ANC SMD Redistricting Legislation, which was passed by the Council on May 15, 2012 but has not yet received required Congressional approval, adopted the task force’s recommendation, and the new boundaries will very likely go into effect in January of 2013. The website where the DC Council’s legislation can be found indicates that the legislation is projected to be finally passed on Sunday, July 22, 2012 (click on the link and search for “B19-0528″).