Planning Director Rollin Stanley Resigns
Known nationally for his smart-growth strategies, the planning director will be tough to replace, a county councilwoman said.
Update (April 23, 2012): Rollin Stanley will leave his position as the director of the Montgomery County Planning Department to head the planning, development and assessment department of Calgary, Alberta.
Original post (April 19, 2012): Montgomery County Planning Director Rollin Stanley announced his resignation Thursday, reported Maryland Juice.
"When asked about the matter, [Montgomery County] Planning Board member Casey Anderson stated simply: 'He got a fantastic offer. A much bigger job,' " Maryland Juice reported.
Anderson also provided details on Stanley's new position to Maryland Juice, saying, "It is a major city that has grown rapidly and is expected to continue growing fast. They want to announce his hiring themselves next week."
A county planning department spokeswoman confirmed to The Gazette that Stanley is leaving for another professional opportunity.
Stanley is known nationally for his "smart growth" approach to planning, about which he has written on his director's blog. But Stanley has also come under fire for controversial statements he used to describe his detractors, Patch reported.
In an interview with Bethesda Magazine, Stanley called some of his detractors "rich, white women" who spread fear about his initiatives. A group of activists asked him to publicly apologize, Patch reported.
Replacing Stanley will not be an easy task, said Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen (D-At large) of Garrett Park, The Gazette reported.
"He's been a real visionary for the county," Floreen told The Gazette. "We need that kind of spirit and enthusiasm and new ideas to take Montgomery County forward. I wish the planning board luck in finding a replacement."
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