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Mr. Joe Alfandre

Wrong Joe Alfandre?

Board Member and Commissioner

Phone: (301) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Maryland , United States
Montgomery County Planning Board
8787 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring , Maryland 20910
United States

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science , Organizational Communication
    University of Utah
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Web References
Board | Media Center, 31 July 2012 [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.
Montgomery Planning Board: Meet the Board - Meet the Planning Board Members, 22 Mar 2011 [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.
Kentlands - History, 10 Feb 2015 [cached]
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 neotraditional 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 weeklong 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 homebuilding 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. 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, theenclosed mall had been envisioned as being the economic 'engine' that woulddrive 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 'fullpotential.'
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.
July « 2009 « Randolph Civic Association in North Bethesda, Maryland, 1 July 2009 [cached]
Joe Alfandre on Randolph Hills and the White Flint Sector Plan
Hear Planning Board Member and Commissioner Joe Alfandre commend the efforts of our neighborhood and its efforts related to the White Flint Sector Plan by clicking the audio player below.
But, looking back, what is fascinating ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
But, looking back, what is fascinating is what Planning Commissioner Joe Alfandre discovered a couple of months ago when he reviewed the whole White Flint process: how much of that early vision has lasted into the present-day discussions.
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