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Francoise  M. Carrier


Real Estate, Commercial Leasing
Land Use, Zoning, and Development


J.D. 1991
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA

B.A., 1985 (magna cum laude)
Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ,
Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
High Honors in Economics and College Honors


California 1992
District of Columbia 1993
Maryland 2002
Francoise M. Carrier
Of Counsel
Tel: 301-656-2707
Fax: 301-961-6525
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Ms. Carrier focuses her practice on: land use and zoning; entitlements and approvals; rezonings, conditional uses, variances, and master plans; zoning code amendments; and land use disputes and appeals.

Ms. Carrier has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, administrative law judge and public official in the fields of land use, zoning and planning.  As Chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board from June, 2010 to August, 2014, she led a successful effort to re-write the entire Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance and secure its adoption by the County Council, as well as the preparation of a groundbreaking bus rapid transit master plan and the approval of millions of square feet of development.  As a Hearing Examiner for Montgomery County from 2001 to 2010, Ms. Carrier conducted trial-type hearings on scores of land use matters and prepared recommendations for the final decision-makers.  
Ms. Carrier began her career in land use, zoning and planning in private practice in the 1990s and has now returned to private practice.  At Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, she advises private and public clients on land use, zoning and development matters in Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.
Ms. Carrier represents land developers in securing approval for development projects in Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding jurisdictions.  She provides strategic advice on preparing application materials, coordinates communication with government staff, conducts private meetings with decision-makers where legally permitted, makes appearances in public meetings before decision-making bodies, and takes post-approval steps to ensure all necessary permits are acquired.
Ms. Carrier provides legal and consulting services to local government entities, particularly in connection with zoning code re-writes and revisions.  Drawing on her own experience as a government official, she provides policy advice related to zoning and land use issues, drafts legislative text, assists with public presentations and outreach and participates in presentations to decision-makers.
Based on her long experience in preparing and interpreting master plans, Ms. Carrier is adept at representing land owners in connection with the preparation of master plans.  She works to ensure that her clients’ long-term interests are communicated to government staff and decision-makers in a timely, persuasive fashion and incorporated in master plan language.


Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board
(Silver Spring, MD) June 2010 – Aug. 2014.

Director/Hearing Examiner, Montgomery County Office of Zoning
and Administrative Hearings (Rockville, MD) Sept. 2001 – June 2010.

Board Member, Communities for Transit (Montgomery County, MD)
Dec. 2014 – present. Non-profit public transit advocacy group.

Member, Rapid Transit Task Force
(Montgomery County, MD) 2010-2011 (ex officio) and April 2015-present.
Working group appointed by County Executive to recommend course of action on rapid transit system.

Member, Corridor Advisory Committee for MD 355 South
(Montgomery County, MD) January 2015- present.
Citizens’ advisory committee for implementation of rapid transit line, appointed by County Department of Transportation.

Member, Montgomery Women
(Montgomery County, MD) 2010- present.
Non-profit organization promoting advancement of women in leadership positions.

Board Member (ex officio), Montgomery Parks Foundation
(Montgomery County, MD) June 2010 – July 2014.
Non-profit fund-raising organization supporting Montgomery County Parks Department.