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County Council Appoints Tina Patterson As Newest Member of Planning Board

May 26, 2017

Patterson will replace Planning Board member Marye Wells-Harley whose term is expiring

Tina PattersonSILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Council voted to appoint management consultant and county Human Rights Commissioner Tina Patterson to the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Patterson was confirmed by an 8-1 vote with only Councilmember George Leventhal opposing her appointment.

Patterson, who is unaffiliated with a political party, was chosen from a pool of 20 applicants, and was one of four finalists interviewed by the Council for the Board position. She will take the place of Planning Board member Marye Wells-Harley, a Democrat, who has completed two four-year terms and is ineligible for reappointment. Wells-Harley will remain on the Board through July 27, 2017, which is the Board’s last meeting prior to its August break, and Patterson will be sworn in thereafter.

“I want to make sure people feel like they can come before the Planning Board and express their concerns,” Patterson said in a recent interview with Bethesda magazine. “Sometimes people feel like the process is only for developers. It’s not. It’s for all of us.”

About Tina Patterson

Tina Patterson is the owner of Jade Solutions, LLC, a three-year-old management consulting firm headquartered in Germantown, and is an experienced facilitator, handling dispute resolution for public agencies and private companies. Patterson is a member of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and has served on the board of trustees for the Black Rock Center for the Arts. She received a bachelor degree from Brown University and a graduate certificate in alternative dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University.

About the Montgomery County Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board plans for livable communities by developing large and small scale plans, providing guidelines for the pattern and pace of future development, and preserving historic resources throughout the 323,000-acre county. The Planning Board implements plans through its review of development applications and its subdivision decisions. The Board is also responsible for the development and management of Montgomery County’s nationally recognized 36,512-acre park system.

Planning Board members serve four-year terms and are limited to two full terms. No more than three members may be from the same political party and all members must be residents and registered voters in Montgomery County when appointed. Current Board members are Casey Anderson, Chair, Norman Dreyfuss, Natali Fani-Gonzalez, Marye Wells-Harley and Gerald Cichy.