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.
Casey Anderson has served on the Montgomery County Planning Board since 2011 and was appointed Chair in 2014. He also serves as vice chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the 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. While on the Planning Board he:
• Conceived a market-oriented system for allocating development capacity in Downtown Bethesda to raise funds for urban parks, create incentives for construction of affordable housing and raise standards for design excellence.
• Proposed the idea of redeveloping the Apex Building site to facilitate construction of the Purple Line light rail station in downtown Bethesda and provide a new below-grade tunnel connection for the Capital Crescent Trail under Wisconsin Avenue. The proposal ultimately resulted in a minor master plan that in turn led to an ambitious mixed-use project (currently in development) that will incorporate the station and trail tunnel.
• Suggested measuring latent demand for bicycling accommodations to produce a heat map of the county, identifying the best places for investments in bike infrastructure. The Montgomery Planning transportation staff expanded the heat map concept into an award-winning digital Bicycle Stress Map, which identifies places where less experienced cyclists need safer routes if they are going to feel comfortable riding.
• Focused the Parks Department on acquisition and programming of urban parks. This shift has resulted in the new Energized Public Spaces Plan, which aims to provide more parks and public spaces that encourage active recreation and social interaction in densely populated areas of the county.
• Pushed the Parks Department to make better use of data and analytics, including a comprehensive assessment of maintenance and usage of athletic fields.
• Led the agency’s efforts to help strengthen economic development and competitiveness, including cooperative efforts with County Executive Ike Leggett to help retain Marriott International in Montgomery County and with Prince George’s Planning Board Chair Elizabeth Hewlett to urge Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to advance the Purple Line project, and add new staff and training in real estate finance and economic analysis in land use and transportation planning.
• Championed proposals to reduce minimum parking requirements; prioritize improvements for biking, walking and transit; and incorporate vehicle miles traveled generated by development as a central factor in setting transportation impact rates.
• Helped to shape plans for a countywide bus rapid transit network as well as major land use plans for White Oak, Bethesda and White Flint.
Before he was named Chair of the Planning Board, 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 Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, 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’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in Silver Spring with his wife Mary Boyle and their two children. He enjoys mountain biking, coaching competitive high school debate, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.
Appointed in October 2014, Natali Fani-González is the Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board and the first Latinx and first millennial to serve on the five-member Board. Since her appointment, Natali has made significant contributions to the Board, Planning Department and Department of Parks to engage diverse communities. She has been involved with several planning efforts, including the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, 2016 Subdivision Staging Policy, Montgomery Village Master Plan, Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, Veirs Mills Corridor Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan. In April 2018, she participated in the national conference of the American Planning Association on a panel about public outreach for hard-to-reach audiences and has been a speaker on several regional planning events.
Her community advocacy has escorted Natali Fani-González to speak on civil rights and economic justice in noteworthy occasions such as the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington. She has been recipient of several prestigious awards: Washingtonian Magazine honored Natali as one of the “40 Under 40” Changemakers in the Washington DC Region and then named her as a “Woman to Watch.” In 2017, the DC metro area’s largest Spanish language newspaper, El Tiempo Latino, recognized Natali Fani-González as one of the 100 most influential individuals for the DC Hispanic community. She received the Montgomery Women’s Rising Star Award.
Natali Fani-González is a member of the Transition Team for Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and a member of the “More Affordable and Welcoming County” committee. Natali was Vice-Chair of the Transition Team for former Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III.
While on the Planning Board, Natali is a Public Engagement executive leading impactful grassroots efforts and multimillion dollar campaigns across the nation. Natali graduated from Goucher College and completed professional studies at Georgetown University. She lives with her husband and children in Wheaton.
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. Jerry, a Rockville resident, has lived in Montgomery County for 50 years. His wife and their two children graduated from the Montgomery County School System, where their five grandchildren now attend school.
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.
A Washington, DC native, Partap Verma currently works at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an Associate Counsel focusing on privacy law and compliance. Additionally, he is a certified mediator for DHS and specializes in alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining DHS, Verma served as general counsel at the US Department of State, specializing in interagency information sharing, national security issues and immigration law. He also worked as a Consular Officer in Turkey and India as well as on task forces supporting crises around the world.
In addition, Verma represents Forest Glen issues at Montgomery County’s Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board as its land use chair and serves on the executive board for Sierra Club Montgomery. He is also a mediator and panel attorney for the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ Commission on Common Ownership Communities.
Verma received a law degree with honors from the Pennsylvania State University School of Law in 2005 along with certificates in transnational law from Duke University and comparative law from the University of London. In 2001, he received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland.
Partap lives in the Forest Glen community with his family.