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Retirement of Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson

In June, visionary Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson retired from his Montgomery County post. As anyone who has worked with Hanson knows, he is leaving some big shoes to fill. Trained in economics and law, Hanson has dedicated his entire professional life to land use planning. In two different decades, he chaired the Planning Board for close to 14 years. He's also been a university educator and a consultant for local, state and federal organizations and governments, and his experiences literally span the globe.

As chairman from 2006-2010, Hanson has worked to incorporate fiscal, social and environmental sustainability into all planning endeavors. While at the helm, Hanson emphasized the need for growth to occur strategically, considering that all but 4 percent of Montgomery County is developed or set aside for agriculture or parks.

Hanson's oft-repeated goal is to redevelop strategically. Under his guidance, planners have worked to encourage urban infill — both on a broad scale through growth policy and master planning — as well as in regulatory projects.

Read excerpts from Royce Hanson's farewell speech, June 14, 2010.

A tribute to Royce Hanson

Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson featured on Montgomery Plans, June 2010.