Montgomery County Planning Board

Overview of the Montgomery County Planning Board

The five-member Montgomery County Planning Board, which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, works to maintain and improve the quality of life in our community. The Planning Board acts on issues such as growth, transportation, environmental protection, agriculture, historical preservation and forest conservation. Additionally, the Planning Board is largely responsible for land use and protecting parkland resources throughout our 323,000-acre County.

More specifically, the Planning Board:

  • Considers large- and small-scale plans for new development;
  • Provides guidelines for the pattern and pace of future development;
  • Produces master and sector plans for consideration by the Montgomery County Council;
  • Develops and manages Montgomery County's nationally recognized 32,900-acre park system; and
  • Recommends which sites receive historic designations to the Council.

The Planning Board usually meets each Thursday in the auditorium at 2425 Reedie Drive in Wheaton.

Montgomery County Council seeks applicants for the Planning Board

On Dec. 7, 2022, the Council announced that it is seeking applicants to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The application period closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. The Council is currently reviewing the applications received for these vacancies. 

The Council intends to appoint successors, before February 28, 2023, for these three members. The Council is expected to appoint the remaining two positions, including the chair, by June 14, 2023 and will advertise to fill those positions at a later date. The full details are available in the Council press release

Recent updates on the Planning Board

On Oct. 27, 2022, the Montgomery County Council appointed five temporary acting Montgomery County Planning Board members. All members will serve until their successors are appointed. The Council selected Jeffrey Zyontz as temporary acting chair and Amy Presley as temporary acting vice chair. Cherri Branson, David Hill, and Roberto Piñero were appointed as temporary acting Planning Board members. The temporary Planning Board members reflect Montgomery County’s diversity in their backgrounds, experience, and party affiliations. More details are available in the Council press release.

On Oct. 25, the Council interviewed top candidates to serve temporary acting positions on the Montgomery County Planning Board. The interivews are available to watch on YouTube.

On Oct. 12, the Montgomery County Council announced that it had accepted the resignations of all five Montgomery County Planning Board members. The Council is taking steps to appoint temporary acting Planning Board members.

A list of frequently asked questions about the Council’s work to appoint temporary acting Councilmembers is also available.

Details on Temporary Acting Planning Board Appointments

Temporary acting Planning Board members will provide continuity of service for residents and keep planning projects moving. In addition, temporary members will work with Acting Planning Director Tanya stern and serve as a bridge to the new Planning Board appointed by the next Council.

Timeline for Temporary Appointments
Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. Application Deadline Closed
Oct. 19 Application Review Begins
Oct. 25 Top Candidates Interviewed ( YouTube recording)
Oct. 27 Council Appoints Five Temporary Acting Planning Board Members ( YouTube recording)
Dec. 5 New Montgomery County Council Inaugurated

Interviews and appointments will be televised live on County Cable Montgomery and streamed on the Council's Facebook and YouTube channels. No more than three Planning Board members may be from the same political party. Financial disclosure statements are required from each appointee.

The next Council was inaugurated on Dec. 5, 2022 and is charged with appointing the new Planning Board members to serve out the remainder of the terms for the Planning Board members who resigned.

A chart with the details and timeline for temporary acting Planning Board appointments is available below as a png image.

Temporary Acting Planning Board Appointment Process