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. The Montgomery County Planning Board, together with the Prince George’s County Planning Board, comprise The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
The Montgomery County Council appointed Casey Anderson to the Planning Board in 2011 and selected him to serve as chair in 2014. He also serves as vice chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bi-county agency established by state law that regulates real estate development, plans transportation infrastructure, and manages the park systems in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Before assuming his current role, Anderson founded a jury consulting firm after working as a congressional staffer, government relations executive, newspaper reporter, and lawyer in private practice. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Committee for Montgomery, the Woodside Civic Association and the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board.
Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a master degree in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife and two children. He enjoys mountain biking, coaching competitive high school debate, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.
Marye Wells-Harley was appointed to the Planning Board in July 2009. A Silver Spring resident, Wells-Harley is a retired director of the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, where she was instrumental in the agency receiving an unprecedented five top awards from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Her long tenure of public service brought her the distinction of being named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record newspaper in 2004. Wells-Harley holds a bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute and Leadership Washington.
Cichy worked at the Maryland Transit Administration/ Maryland Department of Transportation on projects such as the Corridor Cities Transitway, Purple Line light rail system and regional transit-oriented developments. From 1979 to 1984, he was director of transportation for Montgomery County and collaborated with federal, state and county agencies as well as developer and citizen groups to solve mutual problems. During his tenure, Cichy worked with Planning Department staff to coordinate implementation of master plan transportation projects.
Among Cichy’s achievements is a patent for a bus rapid transit vehicle with doors directly opening to transit platforms. He is a recipient of the Federal Transit Administration’s “Innovative Idea Award” for a 200-mile bus rapid transit system supplementing the Metrorail system in the Washington, DC region. In 2016, he graduated from the Senior Leadership Montgomery program. Cichy holds master degrees in both city and regional planning, and civil engineering from Catholic University. The 77 year-old Rockville resident has lived in Montgomery County for nearly 50 years.
Appointed to the Planning Board in February 2010, Norman Dreyfuss, is executive vice president of IDI MD, the developer of Leisure World and many other developments throughout the Washington, D.C., region. Dreyfuss, who has worked in all aspects of community development, is a champion of affordable housing and co-chairs the County’s annual Affordable Housing Conference. Mr. Dreyfuss formerly served as Commissioner on the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission. A resident of Potomac, Dreyfuss holds a J.D. from American University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Rutgers University.
Appointed in October 2014, Natali Fani-González is the first Latina and first millennial to serve on the Planning Board. She is the principal of The Matea Group, LLC, a dynamic public engagement and translations firm based in Wheaton, MD. The company has worked on national and international issues for a variety of clients, including the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Reform Immigration for America, Amnesty International, Capital Area Food Network, MomsRising, CASA de Maryland, Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare, Iron Workers International Union and Service Employees International Union.
Fani-González is the recent recipient of several prestigious awards, including Washingtonian Magazine’s “40 Under 40” changemaker, 2015 Montgomery Women Rising Star Award, 2014 Citation of the Maryland General Assembly for Outstanding Contributions to the State of Maryland, 2013 Leading Women Award from The Daily Record, as well as the Entrepreneur Award from the Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County. Fani-Gonzalez graduated from Goucher College and lives with her husband and children in Wheaton, MD.