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Kamenetz Announces Planning Board Appointments

Towson, Maryland (July 29, 2013) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that he is appointing one new member to Baltimore County's Planning Board, and plans to nominate a current Board member to the position of Chair.

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Jonathan Herbst

Jonathan Herbst will join the 15 member volunteer panel, taking over the unexpired term of Ed Gilliss, who resigned his post as Planning Board Chair in order to become a member of the Baltimore County Board of Education.

Herbst, a business and real estate attorney, is a Senior Associate with the Towson firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid and a 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Herbst is a Pikesville resident who is active in the Pikesville-Greenspring Community Coalition, is the president of the Sports Boosters of Maryland and serves on the board of the Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council. View resume.

"Jon Herbst brings a unique combination of business and legal knowledge along with a strong community leadership background," Kamenetz said. "He will be a valuable addition to the Planning Board."

"I am honored to accept the County Executive's nomination,"  said Herbst. "Public service and commitment to the community are key elements of my life, and I am confident that my background and professional experience will serve me well on the Baltimore County Planning Board."

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Scott Phillips - Planning Board Chair

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz also announced his nomination of current Planning Board member Scott Phillips to serve as Chair, pending County Council approval. Scott Phillips is an attorney in private practice specializing in business development for minority firms. His development law experience includes zoning, permitting, landlord tenant cases, property acquisitions and government relations. A 1989 Graduate of the University Of Maryland School Of Law, he holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Virginia Union University.

A Woodstock resident, he has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Family League of Baltimore and the Maryland Family Network and he founded Black Professional Men, Inc. He has served on the Mayor's Task Force on Minority Business Development, the Maryland/D.C. Minority Supplier Development Council, the Maryland Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force and the University of Maryland Law School Fund Board. Scott was appointed to the Baltimore County Planning Board in October 2012. View resume.

"I've really enjoyed my time on the Planning Board, and am honored that County Executive Kamenetz is nominating me as its chair," said Scott Phillips. "It is quite an honor, and if confirmed by the Council, I look forward to working collaboratively with my other board members."

Planning Board

"First, I would like to express my appreciation to Ed Gilliss for his outstanding service as Planning Board Chair; he will be missed," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "I am confident that there will be a smooth transition since Scott Phillips brings a wealth of practical experience, and I appreciate his willingness to take on a broader leadership role."

The Planning Board, established by the County Charter, consists of 15 volunteer members, serving for three-year terms, staggered so that one-third of the terms expires each year. Each of the seven County Council members appoints a Board member from the respective County Council District. The County Executive appoints the other eight members and nominates the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, subject to confirmation by the County Council. It plays a major role in recommending the content of the County's capital program and budget, as well as advising the administration and the County Council on the Master Plan, area and special plans, the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, functional plans such as the Master Water and Sewerage, and development issues.