Bethesda Downtown Implementation Advisory Committee


The Bethesda Downtown Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) is an integral part of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan. This advisory group will work in coordination with the Montgomery County Planning Department, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Bethesda Chevy-Chase Regional Services Center and Bethesda Green by providing specific community and redevelopment expertise that would also serve as an interface between developers and County agencies in implementing the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan recommendations. The IAC will be guided by the vision, goals and recommendations in the Approved and Adopted Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, the Bethesda Downtown Design Guidelines, and the Bethesda Overlay Zone.

The role of the Committee is to coordinate and monitor the progress of development and address implementation of the recommendations in the Approved and Adopted Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.

The committee will help to ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, Design Guidelines and Bethesda Overlay Zone. It will help the Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive and their staff to maintain the objectives of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan, Design Guidelines and Bethesda Overlay Zone. The Committee will strengthen the monitoring of implementation, development, and construction of the various projects comprising the Sector Plan.

The committee is to provide advice and guidance to the Planning Board, County Council and County Executive staff on the County’s outreach, interaction with affected communities and businesses, advice on the issues appropriate to and pertaining to the achievement of the objectives of the Sector Plan.

The Implementation Advisory Committee Rules of Procedure can be viewed here.

Implementation Advisory Committee Schedule

All meetings are held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Ln #100, Bethesda MD 20814 on the second floor in Rooms A&B. Meetings occur the first Friday of each month at 8:15am, unless otherwise noted below. These meeting dates are subject to change.

Implementation Advisory Committee Members

  • Amanda Farber, resident
  • Anna Fierst, resident
  • Dedun Ingram, resident
  • Naomi Spinrad, resident (Co-chair)
  • Jon Weintraub, resident
  • Steve Long, resident
  • Michael Fetchko, resident
  • Emily Vaias, property owner/business owner representative (Co-chair)
  • Jack Alexander, property owner/business owner representative
  • Jad Donohoe, property owner/business owner representative
  • Matt Gordon, property owner/business owner representative
  • Patrick O’Neil, property owner/business owner representative
  • Greg Rooney, property owner/business owner representative
  • Mark Hendrickson, property owner/business owner representative

Staff to the Implementation Advisory Committee

  • Ken Hartman, Director, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
  • Jeff Burton, Executive Director, Bethesda Urban Partnership
  • Adam Roberts, Executive Director, Bethesda Green

If you have any questions about the IAC contact:

Elza Hisel-McCoy, Implementation Advisory Committee Liaison

Last Updated: November 21, 2019