ABRA Policy Committee

On this page:
* License Tracking Sheet 
* Presenter Guidelines 
* About the APC
* Committee Members
* SA Template
* Meeting Agendas
* SA Search
* Map of License Holders in ANC 2F
* Meetings of the APC
* FAQ
* 2017 meeting dates

 

2017 Meeting Dates
APC meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the National City Christian Church, except those marked below with an asterisk (*)
January 18
February 15 (cancelled)
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 13* (Not 3rd Wed.)

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About the ABRA Policy Committee
Chairperson: Commissioner Alex Graham

The intent of the creation of the ABRA policy committee is to improve efficiency, transparency, and community collaboration. In addition to reviewing applications, the ABRA policy committee serves as a resource to the resident and business community on ABRA questions and issues.

Efficiency
Assuming applicant cooperation, the full ANC will vote on a settlement agreement within two meetings of notice of application. We seek to expedite the process while ensuring a fair and comprehensive process.

Transparency
To improve transparency, ANC 2F has developed the below process for consideration of liquor licenses. While the ANC recognizes that each application has its own unique circumstances, we endeavor to offer a standard process and template in order to set expectations for the ANC as a whole. The template is subject to modification as needed.

Community Collaboration
Most importantly, the committee seeks to establish an atmosphere welcoming to businesses and respectful of resident needs and concerns.

As representatives of a neighborhood, we act in partnership with all stakeholders. To learn more about the APC, please refer to our bylaws.

To learn more about the APC, please refer to ANC 2F’s bylaws.

Committee Members

SMD Name
Chair Commissioner Alex Graham
01 David Joy
02 Shane Seger
03 Vacant
04 Andrew Weller
05 Dominic Martin
06 Bob Kimbel
07 Morgan Finkelstein
08 Soo Kim
At-Large Andrew Okuyiga
At-Large Kevin Wenzel
At-Large Ian Simon
At-Large Jordan Grossman

Meetings of the APC

The APC usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m at the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle (use the 14th Street, NW entrance) in either the Community Room or the Howland Center. So as to allow appropriate public notice of the issues before the committee, the agenda for each meeting is set and distributed a week prior through this website and the ANC 2F email list. Those having business before the committee should contact the APC Chair and ANC Executive Director to be added to the meeting agenda by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the next APC meeting. All materials that will be used in support of an application must be submitted to the ANC Executive Director by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the APC meeting.

License Tracking Sheet

CLICK HERE to view the status of all license requests scheduled for review by the ABRA Policy Committee (as of Jan. 2016), including any related action(s) taken by the full Commission.

Settlement Agreement (SA) Search

All Settlement Agreements (SAs– formerly known as Voluntary Agreements) may be looked up on ABRA’s website using this record search tool.

Relatedly, you can view all ABRA Notices of Public Hearing and Renewal Notices here on ABRA’s website.

Map of ABC License Holders in ANC 2F

Click here to view the full map in Google Maps. Note: map updated August 4, 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the purpose of a Settlement Agreement?

A Settlement Agreement (SA) is a contract between an establishment seeking to obtain or renew a license to serve alcoholic beverages and the community (as represented by the ANC and/or a community association) regarding the establishment’s operational practices. The purpose of the SA is to address community interest regarding an establishment’s operations and to avoid any potential problems surrounding the issuance or renewal of an alcoholic beverage license. SAs are generally negotiated between the ANC commissioner in whose Single Member District the establishment is located and the owner or manager of the establishment. Community associations, including but not limited to the Logan Circle Community Association, Rhode Island West Neighborhood Association, the Mid-City Residents Association, and the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association, may also take part in these discussions.

2) Is there a standard SA?

The APC developed a template Settlement Agreement, which the Committee uses as a base for customizing an agreement between the Licensee and ANC 2F. No two SAs are completely identical, though all share core components.

3) When is an SA appropriate?

ANC2F will enter into settlement agreements when an establishment is located within 300 feet of a residentially zoned property. However, this does not preclude the ANC from entering into settlement agreements with establishments outside of 300 feet of a residentially zoned process.

4) Will ANC 2F protest applications in neighboring ANCs?

As a general rule, ANC2F will not protest liquor license applications outside the boundaries of the ANC and will encourage neighboring ANCs to extend reciprocal treatment. However, an exception may be considered upon the request of an ANC Commissioner in either district or a resident of ANC2F.

5) What is the process for protest of an application? What do the various protest and hearing dates mean?

The protest process generally consists of the following steps and important dates:

Posting date: The first of day of the required forty-five (45) day period that an establishment applying for an ABRA license (or renewal) must post a placard (a notice sign) on their establishment advertising their ABRA application;

Petition date/deadline: A date forty-five (45) days after the Posting Date, by which protest letters are due to ABRA (by 11:59pm, generally a Monday, except when a holiday);

Roll call hearing (protested applications only)An ABRA hearing set for two (2) weeks after the Petition Date, during which the ABRA Board’s Agent determines if the protesting parties have standing;

Mediation date (protested applications only): An ABRA-facilitated meeting between the applicant and protestants conducted by the Board’s Mediator to seek dispute resolution between the Parties;

Status hearing (protested applications only): Parties come before the Board to discuss the Status of the Protest;

Protest hearing (protested applications only): a date for a Formal Hearing conducted by the Board (set in advance for ALL new applications OR scheduled as a result of a protest) during which Parties present arguments and witnesses, and after which the Board issues a written Order within 60-90 days.

View a detailed “Protest Roadmap” flowchart of the above process on ABRA’s website.

6) What are Alcohol License Classes and Standards for Settlement Agreements?

Class A: Permits liquor stores and wholesalers to sell beer, wine and spirits. Settlement agreements are not usually necessary.

Class B: Permits grocery stores and wholesalers to sell beer and wine. Settlement agreements are not usually necessary.

Class C: Permits on-premise retailers to sell and serve beer, wine and liquor. Settlement agreements are usually appropriate.

Class D: Permits restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, hotels and multipurpose facilities to sell and serve beer and wine. Settlement agreements are appropriate and address the issues outlined for Class C licenses.

Class F: Permits a temporary licensee for a special event to sell and serve beer and wine for up to 4 consecutive days. Settlement agreements are not usually appropriate.

Class G: Permits a temporary licensee for a special event to sell and serve beer, wine and liquor for up to 4 consecutive days. Settlement agreements are not usually appropriate.

7) What issues do Settlement agreements for class C licenses usually address?

  • Hours of Operation
  • Sidewalk Cafes and Summer Gardens
  • Noise
  • Public Space and Trash
  • Rat and Vermin Control
  • Patrons
  • Entertainment
  • Other concerns as appropriate