Montgomery County Planning Board Remembers Former Planning Board Member Davis M. Richardson

September 2, 2020

Richardson, who served two terms as an M-NCPPC Commissioner from 1991 to 1998, died July 8th at 71 years old

Wheaton, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), remembers former Planning Board member Davis M. Richardson, who passed away July 8th after a brief but valiant fight with melanoma.

Richardson served on the Montgomery County Planning Board from 1991 to 1998 as an M-NCPPC Commissioner. Master plans that were advanced during his tenure included the 1993 General Plan Refinement for Montgomery County, 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan, 1994 Aspen Hill Master Plan, 1996 Four Corners Master Plan, 1997 Fairland Master Plan, and 1997 Glenmont Sector Plan, among others.

“The M-NCPPC family is saddened to learn about the passing of Davis Richardson,” said Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. “We are grateful for his many contributions to make Montgomery County a great place to live, work and thrive. We are thinking about Davis’ family and offer our condolences during this difficult time.”

Former Planning Board Chair Gus Bauman served with Richardson on the Board in 1993. “I could always count on Davis to be the voice of moderation and common sense,” said Bauman. “Davis always had my back – whether it was fighting for the Purple Line, the Inter-County Connector or affordable housing.”

Former Montgomery County Councilmember and former Planning Board member Nancy Floreen reflected on her time serving with Richardson, “Davis was a straight shooter with a wry sense of humor, with no patience for bureaucratic solutions – a wonderful guy.”

Richardson graduated from West Point in 1973 and served in active duty from Infantry in the Presidential Honor Guard to serving in the Army Reserves where he completed two mobilization tours following the 9/11 attacks. He retired with the rank of Colonel in 2005.  Richardson was also an adjunct professor of business development and French at Montgomery College.

Richardson was the founder and owner of Sugarplum Tent Company in Boyds, MD. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbi, and their son, Davis Oliver Richardson.