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Joseph L. Alfandre

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Montgomery County Planning Board

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Montgomery County Planning Board

8787 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, Maryland,20910

United States

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The five-member Planning Board oversees the Montgomery County Planning Department and Department of Parks, and advises the County Council on land use and community planning. The Chair serves a full time position on the Montgomery County Planning Board and rece... more

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Markent Personnel , Inc.


Town Builders Collaborative


Kentlands Community Foundation





Bachelor of Science

Organizational Communication

University of Utah

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The current head of the Kentlands Company, Joseph Alfandre, is a member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, and is heavily involved in crafting the White Flint Sector Plan. [cached]

SILVER SPRING - Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, an attorney and community activist, was sworn in today as a commissioner on the five-member Montgomery County Planning Board.  Anderson was appointed by the Montgomery County Council earlier this month to replace former Commissioner Joe Alfandre. [cached]

Joe Alfandre
Planning Board Member and Commissioner Joe Alfandre Joe Alfandre, a self-described new urbanist, was appointed to the Planning Board in June 2008. A developer of the Kentlands project in Gaithersburg, Alfandre has worked on land use issues since 1997, focusing on master plans and zoning ordinances for local governments throughout the country. Alfandre is president and CEO of The Kentlands Co., a developer, builder and consulting team specializing in smart growth alternatives.

Joseph Alfandre & the Kentlands Vision
Alfandre quickly sold - for $17 million - a portion of the site adjacent to the future Great Seneca highway (then under construction) to midwestern shopping center magnate Mel Simon for development a modern (and rather conventional) regional mall. But Alfandre became increasingly captivated with the beauty and order of the rather formal old Kentlands Farm complex and his sense of what could be accomplished began to evolve. Perhaps, he thought, the farm complex buildings could become the heart of a neighborhood more reminiscent of old-time country villages. Alfandre met with land planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, then best known for their recently completed project at Seaside on the Florida panhandle, a neo-traditional resort village. After trips with Duany to a number of U.S. and European traditional towns, Alfandre became convinced that a neotraditional town could work at Kentlands. In June 1988, Alfandre, City officials, scores of planners and other professionals, the public, and Duany and his wife and partner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (DPZ), held a week-long planning 'charrette' at the old Kentlands Barn. City approvals were quick to follow and Alfandre formalized the community in December 1988 by creating the Kentlands Citizens Assembly. At that time, he appointed five developer members as its officers and trustees. DPZ maintained a presence in a converted farm building as the Kentlands 'Community Architect' to oversee development. The following May, to generate interest in the project, Alfandre transformed the area near the Kentlands Mansion by pitching a giant tent on Kent's former Hidden Garden (now the Kentlands Green in the Old Farm District) for the Kentlands Festival of the Arts. (In September 1991, the arts and charitable character of the community was reflected once again when a bevy of artists and interior decorators transformed the old mansion into the Kentlands Designer Showcase as a fundraising exercise to benefit the National Symphony Orchestra.) An Old Farm Charrette in mid-1989 proposed using the mansion, barn, and other buildings to create an arts campus for Gaithersburg in Kentlands, a vision that is slowly being realized. Alfandre's home-building subsidiary began building its Old Farm houses and infrastructure construction continued, but by the end of the summer, it was apparent that Alfandre was in deep trouble. The Alfandre Era Ends In October 1991, after extended negotiations, Joseph Alfandre & Co. and Great Seneca Limited Partnership gave the project back to the bank, executing a deed in lieu of foreclosure to Chevy Chase's newly created wholly owned subsidiary Great Seneca Development Corporation, Inc. (GSDC) Alfandre stayed on as a consultant for more than a year, but effective control of the project shifted to GSDC, its president Guy E. 'Jeff' Campbell, and a team of developers brought in to complete the community. According to Alfandre, the enclosed mall had been envisioned as being the economic 'engine' that would drive Kentlands development. Kentlands Founder Joseph Alfandre had envisioned establishment of a new Kentlands Foundation. It was to be an arts, cultural, educational, and charitable organization that would enrich life in Kentlands and allow its citizens to reach their 'full potential.' Alfandre included provisions the Kentlands Founding Documents requiring purchasers to make a fixed contribution to a Titleholders Initial Contribution (TIC) Fund, which was dedicated to the social and cultural betterment of the community. [cached]

Joe L. Alfandre
Joe Alfandre President & CEO Joe has over 30 years experience in land development and home building. He is a recognized father of traditional neighborhood development (TNDs) and a pioneer of the New Urbanism movement. Joe's name is his promise. As President of The Kentlands Co, Joe continues to develop and build uniquely creative, market-driven neighborhoods up and down the east coast. Joe is from Bethesda, Maryland, with a strong history and significant hands-on experience that runs deep. He graduated Cum Laude in Organizational Communication with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah. Since the early 1980's, Joe has built and sold over 1000 homes as president of The Joseph Alfandre Homebuilding Company and The Kentlands Co Joe has a clear vision for the future as he continues to create enormous value with authentic quality and meticulous implementation in all of his projects. The Kentlands Co is headquartered in the charming hamlet of Cabin John, Maryland, just outside our nation's capital. Joe and his wife Sue are the parents of seven children, and reside in Potomac, Maryland. - Joseph L. Alfandre

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