Rockville 2040: COMPREHENSIVE Plan UPdate

Planning Commission Releases Public Hearing Draft 

The Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing was released at the Planning Commission’s March 13, 2019 meeting and the Planning Commission seeks your input. Testimony of all types will be accepted at least until June 4, 2019, unless the Planning Commission extends the comment period.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing is available in two viewing formats:

How to Submit Testimony

At a Scheduled Public Hearing
A 60-day review period was initiated on March 14, 2019, at the end of which the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft plan. In accordance with the Ground Rules for the Public Hearing, members of the public are invited to speak once during the public hearing held over three evenings. Individuals will have three minutes to speak; representatives of organizations will have five minutes. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening in the Mayor and Council Chambers of Rockville City Hall (111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850):

Public Hearing Dates

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 

Through Written Testimony
Members of the public are also invited to submit written testimony in place of, or in addition to, oral testimony at the public hearing. There is no limit to the length of written testimony, though clarity and conciseness are strongly encouraged. Written testimony may be submitted now or at any other time while the public record is open:

  1. By email, to planning.commission@rockvillemd.gov
  2. By completing an online comment form
  3. By US Mail letter to the Rockville Planning Commission, c/o Cindy Kebba, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

Please include your name, the organization on behalf of whom you are submitting (if applicable), and your address. We also ask that you identify all written correspondence as testimony on the Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing and, if applicable, the Element(s) on which you are providing comments.

For special accommodations or language support when submitting testimony, please email comprehensiveplan@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8200.

Note: All submitted testimony is considered an item of public record and will be reviewed by the Planning Commission.

Attend an Information Session with City Staff

Prior to scheduled public hearings, Rockville staff will host two information sessions at Rockville City Hall (111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850). The public is encouraged to attend either or both of the sessions below to review the draft Plan, ask questions of staff, and provide written testimony.

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

Rockville's Comprehensive Plan is the citywide guiding policy document that sets the vision and goals for the future of the city with practical policies and actions that will get us there. The draft Comprehensive Plan includes recommended policies and action among ten elements, or chapters, focused on:

  • Land Use and Urban Design
  • Transportation
  • Recreation and Parks
  • Community Facilities
  • Environment
  • Water Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Municipal Growth 

In addition to the draft Comprehensive Plan elements, a second, separate draft document will address each of Rockville’s 17 planning areas in detail. Planning staff continues to work on this part of the document and will release it for public review after the draft ten elements are considered by the Planning Commission. Each of the planning areas chapters will state city policy that applies to its own area with detailed recommendations on critical issues at the neighborhood scale.

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About the Rockville 2040 Process

The Rockville 2040 community outreach process concluded with the delivery of the Draft Comprehensive Plan to the Planning Commission in March 2019. Rockville 2040 engaged the Rockville community in a discussion about the current state of the city and desired future on critical planning issues. The outreach included 35 listening sessions, four citywide forums, and three open houses. In addition, CPDS staff meet with a wide variety of stakeholders and neighborhood groups.
The input was summarized in staff reports and presented to the Planning Commission. The process now moves into the review and Public Hearing phase at scheduled meetings of the Planning Commission. The Commission will then submit an approved Comprehensive Plan to the Mayor and Council for consideration of adoption.

Find Past Meetings and Materials of the Rockville 2040 Process

View videos, materials and results from past citywide forums, listening sessions, staff discussions, and the project kick-off meeting on the Meeting Results and Materials page.

View Background Trends Reports Prepared for the Comprehensive Plan Update

To understand conditions in the city as they stand today, city departments prepared trends reports in key topic areas including: Community Facilities, Economy, Environment, Historic Preservation, Housing, Land Use, and Transportation. 

Learn More About the Draft Comprehensive Plan

For more information:

  • Email comprehensiveplan@rockvillemd.gov;
  • Call (240) 314-8200; or
  • Speak with planning staff at the Planning counter in Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850