Schwarz Named City Planning Division Chief

Photo | City of Gaithersburg Trudy Schwarz, new city planning division chief, has worked for the City of Gaithersburg since 1978.

Photo | City of Gaithersburg
Trudy Schwarz, new city planning division chief, has worked for the City of Gaithersburg since 1978.


Community Planning Manager Trudy M. Schwarz has been named to the position of Gaithersburg planning division chief, filling the vacancy left by Marty Matsen who has accepted the position of community development director for the City of Bozeman, Montana. Matsen’s last day was Oct. 19.

Gaithersburg’s planning division chief manages and directs programs and activities related to planning, zoning, subdivision regulations, and zoning ordinance. The chief formulates, coordinates and implements the comprehensive Master Plan, rezoning, land development code amendments, site plan review process, and development of city planning policies, overseeing a staff of 10.

“I am delighted that Trudy has accepted her new role with us,” said John Schlichting, director of Gaithersburg’s Planning and Code Administration. “She truly is a Gaithersburg legend and her historical knowledge of the city and its people is second to none.”

Schwarz joined Planning and Code Administration as a planning technician in 1978 after serving as an intern in the department during school breaks the previous year. She has held several positions within the administration, including various levels of planner, team leader for community planning, community planning director, and community planning division chief. As the community planning manager, Schwarz evaluates and addresses challenging issues pertaining to zoning and development plans, she provides interpretation of City Code and Regulations for land development, construction and licensing, she supervises Board of Appeals and Historic District Commission staff, and she formulates revenue projections for the city’s operating budget related to site plans and applications.

Schwarz, a Gaithersburg High School graduate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology – Urban Planning from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College, and is a certified flood plain manager. In that role she coordinates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), evaluates and disseminates information related to the City Flood Insurance Rate Maps and updates the city’s floodplain ordinance.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this new role to work with the city’s planning staff, the citizens of Gaithersburg, the Planning Commission, the Mayor and City Council, and the development community to continue to make Gaithersburg a great place to live, work, serve, learn and play,” said Schwarz.

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