Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Commission Releases Public Hearing Draft for Volume II: Planning Areas

At its regular meeting on February 12, 2020, the Planning Commission approved the release of the second volume to its draft Comprehensive Plan for public review and comment. The Commission is now seeking public input on this draft volume.

Together with Volume I, the citywide policies for the draft Comprehensive Plan, the planning areas in Volume II will guide specific areas, policies and projects throughout the next two decades. Volume II consists of policy recommendations and recommended city projects for each of the city’s 17 geographic planning areas. These recommendations build on citywide policies of the draft Volume I: Elements — which the Planning Commission reviewed in 2019 — by focusing on issues and opportunities unique to each planning area. Both draft volumes derive from feedback gathered throughout the Rockville 2040 process, which included numerous listening sessions, citywide forums, open houses and other meetings, as well as analysis and discussion with the Planning Commission.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas

The draft is available in two viewing formats:

During the public comment period, planning staff will be available to answer questions and meet with community associations, residents, businesses, workers and other organizations by request so that community members can learn more about its contents and how to provide feedback. Please contact Larissa Klevan at 240-314-8214 or lklevan@rockvillemd.gov to arrange a meeting.

How to Submit Testimony

At a Scheduled Public Hearing
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the draft plan for Volume II after a state-mandated 60-day review period. Members of the public are invited to speak once during the public hearing, which will be held over the course of two evenings. Individuals will have three minutes to speak; representatives of organizations will have five minutes. The hearing will be held in the Mayor and Council Chambers of Rockville City Hall (111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850).

Public Hearing Dates

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

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 time while the public record is open. Testimony of all types will be accepted at least through May 2020, unless the Planning Commission extends the comment period.

Written testimony may be submitted in any one of three ways:

  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 Larissa Klevan, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850

Please include with written testimony 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 Volume II of the Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing and, if applicable, on which planning area(s) 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.

When public hearings are complete and the public record is closed, the Planning Commission will hold work sessions to revise the plan based on the input received. It will then submit both volumes I and II of the revised draft plan to the Mayor and Council for review and action. The Mayor and Council will also invite public testimony (oral and written) to inform its final decisions. Approval and adoption of a final version by the Mayor and Council will be the final step in the process.

Review the Draft Volume I and Testimony Submitted to the Planning Commission

With the public record closed for testimony on the Elements volume of the draft Comprehensive Plan, the Planning Commission has held a series of work sessions to revise the plan based on testimony received. Work sessions were held from June to September in 2019 to complete review of public testimony on all ten Element chapters.

View the latest Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements
(link includes the Volume I draft with changes by the Planning Commission following work sessions to review public testimony, as well as the public testimony received on the Volume I Public Hearing Draft)

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What is the 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, Volume I 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 these ten policy elements, the city’s second volume focuses on policies and projects particular to each of the city’s 17 planning areas, as they are defined in the draft Comprehensive Plan.

About the Rockville 2040 Process

The Rockville 2040 community outreach process concluded with the delivery of the draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume 1: Elements, 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, planning staff met with a wide variety of stakeholders and neighborhood groups. The public process and its resulting input was summarized in staff reports and presented to the Planning Commission along with the Plan draft. Once the Commission completes its review of volumes I and II of the Draft Comprehensive Plan, the entire document will be recommended for approval 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 the Planning and Development Service Department at (240) 314-8200
  • Speak with planning staff and/or review a hard copy of the draft Plan at the Planning counter in Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850