Rockville 2040 - Meeting Results and Materials
Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas Planning Commission Draft
Pre-Public Hearing Information Sessions
Planning staff held two virtual information sessions on September 2, 2020, 12 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., to provide an overview of the Comprehensive Plan update, answer questions about the draft Plan, and explain how to provide written and oral testimony prior to the September 9 and 23 public hearing dates.
Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements Planning Commission Draft
Review the draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements that incorporates changes by the Planning Commission following their work sessions to review public testimony. The Volume I draft is available in the following two formats:
- Comprehensive Plan, Vol. I: Elements Post-Work Session Draft (two-page layout for on-screen viewing) [PDF, 75MB]
- Comprehensive Plan, Vol. I: Elements Post-Work Session Draft (one-page layout for printing) [PDF, 75MB]
Planning Commission Work Sessions to Review Public Testimony
The Planning Commission held work sessions to discuss public testimony on the draft Volume I on the following dates:
- June 26, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
- July 10, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
- July 24, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
- August 7, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
- September 11, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
- September 25, 2019 | View Staff Report | View Meeting Recording
The following testimony was received on the Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing. All testimony, including oral comments given during scheduled public hearings, was considered by the Planning Commission during their work sessions to discuss on a final recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan for Volume I. The public record closed on June 18, 2019.
- Directory of Written Testimony Received (March 14 - June 18, 2019)
- Testimony Exhibits 1-10
- Testimony Exhibits 11-20
- Testimony Exhibits 21-30
- Testimony Exhibits 31-40
- Testimony Exhibits 41-49
Public Open Houses
Three open house meetings were held in 2018 on January 11, 16, and 20 at Rockville City Hall to present a series of draft ideas to the public. The following displays were available that illustrated topics and concepts for each element of the emerging draft plan.
Watch the February 14, 2018 Planning Commission meeting reporting the results of the public open houses.
Please note: The maps, illustrations and policies listed on these boards are in draft form and subject to change prior to introduction to the Planning Commission for their consideration.
Planning Commission Discussions
Watch the Planning Commission meeting videos with discussions with staff on Comprehensive Plan topics.
(May 24, 2017)
Citywide Public Forum Series
Learn about the results of these citywide forums, which gathered input on possible policies and implementation steps that could be included with the Comprehensive Plan update.
View the presentation to the Planning Commission on the results of the citywide public forum series
- Meeting agenda and (linked) staff report (July 27, 2016)
View public forum presentations and materials from June 14, 2016
View public forum presentations and materials from April 19, 2016
Find out about the community meetings that have taken place across the city during the Rockville 2040 process and have helped to inform the Comprehensive Plan draft.
Neighborhood-Focused Listening Sessions
Staff held a series of meetings in each of the city's planning areas to hear from the Rockville community about the unique issues and interests in each of their own neighborhood or commercial district. In many neighborhoods, follow-up meetings were held to focus on topics of specific interest to the community. Some of those meetings are listed below where meeting materials or results are available; others were held as less formal discussions.
Read the complete Listening Session results here:
Planning Area 1 (Town Center)
December 8, 2015 at Rockville City Hall | Survey Results (PDF) | Comment Form Results (PDF) | Survey Results from Americana Center meeting on Feb. 25, 2016 (PDF)
Planning Area 3 (Hungerford, Lynfield, and New Mark Commons)
October 15, 2015 at Elwood Smith Community Center | Survey Results (PDF) | Comment Form Results (PDF) | Follow-up Survey Results (Jan. 20, 2016) (PDF)
Planning Area 7 (Twinbrook Forest and Northeast Rockville) and Planning Area 8 (Twinbrook)
*Meetings for these Planning Areas were sometimes held together due to their close neighborhood ties
Twinbrook Neighborhood Meeting - On September 25, 2018, City planning staff was invited to the Twinbrook Community Association’s monthly meeting to discuss land use goals and policies for the Rockville 2040 update to the Comprehensive Master Plan. The particular focus of the discussion was the types of housing that should be permitted or encouraged in the Plan update and whether there should be additional opportunities for retail and services in the neighborhood. Staff presented options that drew from prior Rockville 2040 input sessions, when neighbors expressed various points of view.
Planning Area 9 (Rockville Pike)
December 3, 2015 at Rockville City Hall | Comment Form Results (PDF)
Planning Area 11 (North Farm)
October 6, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Church | Survey Results (PDF)
Planning Area 12 (Westmont/Tower Oaks)
October 8, 2015 at Rockville City Hall | No results to report
Planning Area 13 (Orchard Ridge, Potomac Woods and Falls Ridge)
November 5, 2015 at Saint Raphael Church | Survey Results (PDF)
Planning Area 14 (Rockshire and Fallsmead)
October 21, 2015 at Thomas Farm Community Center | Survey Results (PDF) | Comment Form Results (PDF)
March 8, 2016 at Korean Presbyterian Church | Survey Results (PDF)
Rockshire Village Center Study Meetings - The consulting firm Rhodeside & Harwell was hired by the City of Rockville in the spring of 2019 to facilitate a community process and produce a report of findings. The Rockshire Village Center Study Summary Report summarizes the results of two community meetings (held on May 9 and May 30 at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Rockville, 800 Hurley Avenue), as well as a discussion with the property owner's representatives. It then draws conclusions about what use(s) may be acceptable to both the community and the property owners, and makes other observations regarding the site. Written comments provided by community members at the two meetings, and via surveys, are also included in the report.
Note: This report does not reflect staff recommendations. It serves as a resource for the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, currently underway, as to future uses of this site. City staff are very aware of the concerns and hopes of the Rockshire and Fallsmead communities about the now fully vacant site. There will be more opportunities for public input, to the Rockville Planning Commission and to the Mayor and Council, before the Comprehensive Plan is approved and adopted.
Planning Area 15 (Commercial areas of Research Boulevard / Piccard Drive / King Farm / Fallsgrove)
July 9, 2015 at Best Western Hotel | Meeting Results (PDF)
Planning Area 16 (Southlawn/Redgate)
December 10, 2015 at David Scull Community Center | Survey Results (PDF)
Planning Area 18 (residential areas of Fallsgrove)
July 7, 2015 at Thomas Farm Community Center | Meeting Results (PDF)
Special Focus Listening Sessions
In addition to neighborhood-based meetings, staff also held meetings to hear from other community interest groups.
January 21, 2016 at Montgomery College | Survey Results (PDF)
Focus on Rockville Seniors
November 13, 2015 at Rockville Senior Center | Survey Results (PDF)
Richard Montgomery High School students (citywide discussion)
October 13, 2015 at RMHS | Survey Results (PDF)
Rockville High School students (citywide discussion - part 1)
November 18, 2015 at RHS | Survey Results (PDF)
Rockville High School students (citywide discussion - part 2)
November 23, 2015 at RHS | Comment Form Results (PDF)
Wootton High School students (citywide discussion)
October 22, 2015 at WHS | Survey Results (PDF)
Asian Pacific Task Force
February 18, 2016 at Rockville City Hall | Comment Form Results (PDF)
Human Services and Human Rights Commissions
February 16, 2016 at Rockville City Hall | Comment Form Results (PDF)
African, African American and Latino Communities
March 10, 2016 at Rockville City Hall | Comment Form Results (PDF)
Rockville 2040 Kickoff Meeting
On May 9, 2015, the city held a kick-off meeting for Rockville 2040, the process to update the city’s 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan. More than 50 members of the public, plus several members of city staff, participated.
At that meeting, we asked participants to review two key components of the existing 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan – the Vision statement and the Underlying Principles. Participants worked in tables and suggested which components they would keep the same, and which they would change.
We would welcome your input, as well. Please review the existing Vision and Principles, and provide your comments. Your input will be reviewed by the Planning Commission as they develop an updated Comprehensive Plan.
Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement
Give us your thoughts on the current vision statement of the 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan. Do you believe this 2002 vision is still relevant? If not, why not?
Comprehensive Plan Principles
Give us your thoughts on the current guiding principles from the 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan. Would you delete or change any of them? Would you add something new?
- Read the current 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan Principles (PDF)
- Share your comments via online comment form
Below are the meeting materials and results from the kickoff meeting.
- Interactive Audience Poll results (PDF)
- Vision and Principles Table Exercise results (PDF)
- Kickoff Meeting Summary Staff Report to Planning Commission (PDF) (June 10, 2015 PC meeting)
Kickoff Meeting Wall Maps