The County Council today unanimously named Partap Verma to the Montgomery County Planning Board, an historic appointment as the first Asian Indian and openly gay member.

In addition, the council chose Casey Anderson, also unanimously, to serve a second term as chairman of the Planning Board.

Verma is a cofounder of the Friends of Forest Glen & Montgomery Hills and has been active in efforts to improve transit and pedestrian access in the Georgia Avenue corridor through that area.

He was endorsed for the position by Greater Greater Washington, Action Committee for Transit, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Club Montgomery County Group.

Welcoming Verma to his new position, Council President Nancy Navarro (D-District 4) said in a press release, “His fresh approach to planning, innovative ideas and experience in the law, diplomacy and community advocacy will help to shape a more inclusive future of our county.”

“The council was impressed by his commitment to creating policies that serve the County’s most vulnerable residents while prioritizing transit and pedestrian safety and developing recommendations to help generate more affordable housing and environmentally sustainable development,” the release added.

Anderson, a resident of the Woodside neighborhood was first named to the board in 2011 and appointed chair in 2014. He serves as chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the bi-county agency that regulates development, plans transportation infrastructure and manages the parks systems in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.     

Twenty-four individuals applied for the two open positions on the board. Seven of those were interview by the council prior to making the selections.

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Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Council Names Verma to Planning Board in Historic Appointment