The County Council plans to hire an outside consultant to help reach minority communities and people of color about Thrive Montgomery 2050, the county’s proposed general master plan. 

The council expects to have a report from that consultant by July 1, according to council staff documents.

In an interview, Council President Gabe Albornoz said that, based on similar contracts, he believes it will cost somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars to hire a consultant.

Council members say the work is needed because of a racial equity and social justice review completed by the county’s Office of Legislative Oversight.

The office determined that groups representing communities of color and