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Germantown Businesswoman Appointed to Planning Board to the Dismay of DownCounty Pundits

Last Thursday, the Montgomery County Council voted to appoint Germantown businesswoman Tina Patterson to the vacant seat on the Montgomery County Planning Board, making her the only member of the five-member board to live north of Rockville. However, after the vote, some council members, even some who voted for her, expressed regret they didn’t approve another candidate.

She was one of four finalists for the position. She had also been a finalist the last time there was a vacancy on the board. She replaces Marye Wells-Harley who is about to complete two four-year terms and is ineligible for reappointment.

Also among the finalists were Dan Reed, a blogger and urban planner from Silver Spring, Bruce Romer of Bethesda, and Peter Myro Khin of Silver Spring. However, it seems Patterson and Reed were the top candidates.

Dan Reed is a certified urban planner and the creator of the popular Just Up The Pike blog, which focuses on development, design, and life in Silver Spring and East Montgomery County. He has also been a contributor to Greater Greater Washington, an online news site dedicated to covering planning and land use in the Washington D.C. area and its surrounding suburbs.