Francoise M. Carrier

Francoise M. Carrier: Attorney with Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC


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.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Rezoning
  • Land Use
  • Civil Appeals
  • Zoning Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
Mailing Address:
Bethesda, MD 20814
University Attended:
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1985
Law School Attended:
Stanford University, J.D., 1991
Year of First Admission:
1993, District of Columbia; 1992, California; 2002, Maryland
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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