The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the White Flint Sector Plan on July 16, 2009, the last day in office for Commissioner John Robinson, who has been actively involved in developing the Plan for more than three years. Robinson’s term had actually expired, but the County Council, which is now reviewing the Plan, held his term open to retain his expertise.
The Council has now approved Robinson’s successor, voting 7-1 to appoint Marye Wells-Harley of Silver Spring to the five-year term. Wells-Harley has decades of experience with planning issues, with 42 years’ employment at the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, the parent organization of the Planning Board. For the last six years before her 2007 retirement from MNCPPC, Wells-Harley was the director of parks and recreation for Prince Georges County.
Wells-Harley is the first African-American woman to serve on the Planning Board. The Sentinel story on her appointment can be found here: