Skip to the content
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Home / Planning / Communities / Downcounty Planning / Bethesda Downtown Plan / Bethesda Downtown Implementation Advisory Committee

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.

View the Implementation Advisory Committee Rules of Procedure.

Implementation Advisory Committee Schedule

At this time, all meetings are planned to be held online. To attend, please email Cashielle Nelson.

Meetings occur the first Friday of each month at 8:00am, unless otherwise noted below. These meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Next Meeting:  

July 12, 2024 8:00am – 9:30am (Hybrid)

Past Meetings:

Implementation Advisory Committee

  • Joyce Gwadz, resident
  • Dedun Ingram, resident (Co-Chair)
  • Naomi Spinrad, resident
  • Andy O’Hare, resident
  • Stacey Wolf, resident
  • Michael Fetchko, resident
  • Amanda Farber, resident
  • Jack Alexander, property owner/business owner representative (Co-Chair) 
  • Jad Donohoe, property owner/business owner representative
  • Matt Gordon, property owner/business owner representative
  • Patrick O’Neil, property owner/business owner representative
  • Christopher Smith, property owner/business owner representative
  • Dave Yampolsky, property owner/business owner representative
  • Andrew Saul, property owner/business owner representative

Staff to the Implementation Advisory Committee

  • Peter Fosselman, Director, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
  • Jeff Burton, Executive Director, Bethesda Urban Partnership

If you have any questions about the IAC contact:

Stephanie Dickel
Regulatory Supervisor
Implementation Advisory Committee Liaison

Staff contact

Cashielle Nelson