American Planning Association President to Link Growth, Quality of Life at Montgomery Planning Board

May 15, 2007

SILVER SPRING, MD – At a 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board, newly elected American Planning Association President Robert Hunter will explore how to measure the impact of growth on local communities. Hunter will address the Board as it puts the finishing touches on its recommendations for comprehensive changes to the county’s growth policy.

Hunter’s talk will explore how both development and re-development create opportunities for improving quality of life for residents – offering them more choices and enhanced public service. Hunter will discuss how planners and public officials can measure those levels of service and use that information to decide how communities should grow.

As president of the American Planning Association, Hunter represents 41,000 planners and other professionals in 39 nations. Hunter also serves as the executive director of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission in Tampa, Fla.

WHO: Robert Hunter, president, American Planning Association

WHAT: “Growth: Who Pays and Who Plays?” presentation

WHEN:  Thursday, May 17, 2007 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery County Planning Board Auditorium, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.

Contact: Valerie Berton, (301) 495-4602