Take Action - Step 1
Who do I call or email and what do I say?
Contact the Montgomery County Planning Board Chair, Françoise Carrier, and ask that she share your request with the Planning Board.
Ms. Carrier has the authority to instruct the staff of the Montgomery County Planning Department to issue addresses to all Farm Road property owners. Ms. Carrier inherited the problems that have resulted in the unfair treatment of the Farm Road property owners. Ms. Carrier was not the Chair and held no position within the agency at the time that it ceased to recognize Farm Road, and deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Please respectfully request that Ms. Carrier direct her staff to immediately issue postal addresses to all Farm Road property owners and help Ms. Carrier understand that:
- Her agency’s current Acting Director’s sworn testimony clearly states that Park and Planning has no written rules or regulations that specify (i) to whom it issues addresses, (ii) the requirements for issuing addresses, (iii) when and under what circumstances it deletes addresses, and it does not maintain records of its activities with respect to address issuance. Click here to view testimony.
- All Farm Road properties include a reference to Farm Road within their chain of title, or with respect to Martin and Awkard properties, have a prescriptive easement to Farm Road that dates back to the early 1900s.
- It does not serve the public interest to deprive taxpayers from access to their properties.
- The actions and inactions of M-NCPPC staff have caused, and are continuing to cause irreparable harm to some of the most vulnerable members of society – harm from which they can never recover. Seniors are forced to live out the last years of their lives without the care they would otherwise receive, children have been left homeless without a proper place to study or internet access to complete their homework assignments as their peers are able to do.
- The only documentation that Ms. Carrier's agency has provided regarding address issuance does not include any reference to the agency’s right or obligation to deny a street address if one or more neighboring property owners object to the use of a road as some M-NCPPC staff contends. Click here to view MNCPPC’s statutory authority for granting addresses as most recently revised.
- M-NCPPC’s General Counsel, in violation of State law, has failed to respond within 30 days to a Maryland Public Information Act request regarding these matters. Click here to view the request made years ago and which the Chair's General Counsel has refused to respond. Click here to view the cover email and related attachments.
Ms. Carrier’s contact information is:
Françoise Carrier, Chair
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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