As a part of approving the 2005 Olney Master Plan, the Montgomery County Council directed the Maryland National Park & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to establish an Olney Town Center Advisory Committee to refine the guidance in the Olney Master Plan by creating a community-supported town center concept that will serve as a guide to future developers.
The Park and Planning staff solicited volunteers to serve on this committee. Their goal was to create a well-balanced committee that represented a broad cross-section of the community and all interested parties, but was still a manageable size.
A package of documents was submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Board by Khalid Afzal, Team Leader, Georgia Avenue Team, Community-Based Planning Division in 2006 regarding the nomination of OTCAC members. Attachments to this package, Formation of OTCAC, 2006, are:
GOCA Draft proposal Memorandum
OTCAC Solicitation of Nominations Notice
Letter from Councilmembers Praisner and Knapp dated December 19, 2005
Letter from Chairman Berlage dated January 18, 2006
On May 4, 2006, the M-NCPPC Planning Board approved the membership of this Advisory Committee. While the members have changed over the years, they are always recruited to provide input from a cross section of the Olney community. The composition of the membership is as follows:
three nominated by GOCA and Government Advisory Boards
four nominated by HOAs, Condominium communities, or residential Civic Associations including at least one bordering the town center
three representing Business/Property Affiliations
and two nominated by Olney Non-Profits.
When a vacancy occurs, OTCAC Officers reach out to find a replacement from the group that has an opening. The membership application is available on this site; Nomination Form.pdf.