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SANDY SPRING Md. (WUSA9) -- In the wake of WUSA9 reporting on allegations of wrongdoing in a development application, the Montgomery County Planning Board has announced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate.

Douglas M. Bregmanwill be asked to look into allegations that approval of the Dellabrooke subdivision in Sandy Spring was based on improper documents and faulty information, according to a press release from the agency.

WUSA9 has reported allegations that the Planning Board's approval of the Dellabrooke neighborhood subdivision effectively eliminated a nearby access known as "Farm Road" and cut off access to a number of properties.

"The community and our stakeholders expect us to clear the air," said Planning Board Chair Fran├žoise M. Carrier, "and our Board needs to understand the facts once and for all."

According to the press release, Bregman is a veteran attorney based in Bethesda who specializes in complex real estate disputes and is frequently named byWashingtonian Magazineas one of the area's "Top Lawyers." He has done extensive work in conjunction with internal investigations.

Bregman will report directly to the Board.

"We really wanted someone objective with unquestioned integrity, and who is intimately familiar with the complexities of real estate," Carrier said.

The probe is expected to take several weeks. A report will be released to the public upon completion.


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