Independent Counsel To Investigate Sandy Spring Allegations

11:11 AM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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SANDY SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Douglas Bregman will investigate claims that The Montgomery County Planning Board effectively eliminated Farm Road when it approved a Sandy Spring development in 2001 allegedly based on improper documents and faulty information. According to allegations, the approval of the Dellabrooke neighborhood subdivision in Sandy Spring, Md. cut off access to a number of properties.

You can see recent stories about the Farm Road case by WUSA 9's Scott Broom here: http://search.wusa9.com/default.aspx?ct=r&q=sandy spring

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission says Bregman, a Bethesda-based, veteran attorney specializing in complex real estate disputes, will serve as an independent counsel. According to the commision, Bregman "has done extensive work in conjunction with internal investigations."

Bregman is also a member of the Maryland Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, Treasurer of the Maryland Client Protection Fund, and member of the Court of Appeals Public Trust and Confidence Committee. He has a position as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Columbia Law School.

As the independent counsel, Bregman will report directly to the Board, says the commission.

"We really wanted someone objective with unquestioned integrity, and who is intimately familiar with the complexities of real estate," Planning Board Chair Françoise M. Carrier said about the decision in a statement released on Thursday.

The commission says the investigation could take several weeks. The results will be released to the public upon completion.

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