Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Mayor and Council Adopts Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan

On August 2, 2021, the Mayor and Council adopted an update to the city's comprehensive plan that establishes new, and retains many existing, policies to guide the city's growth, development, and quality of life over the next twenty years, including in the areas of land use, transportation, housing, recreation and parks, the environment, and historic preservation, among other topics.

The adopted Comprehensive Plan is comprised of ten citywide topical Elements and seventeen neighborhood-scale Planning Areas. Both sections 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 by staff and the Planning Commission.

Adopted Comprehensive Plan Cover Page

View the adopted Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is available on the city's Comprehensive Plan landing page as a complete document, as well as in smaller parts and different formats for easier downloading and viewing.

View the Comprehensive Plan

Review Previous Meetings, Documents, and Testimony

Results from the Planning Commission and Mayor and Council's work to prepare, receive comments on, and revise the Comprehensive Plan prior to its adoption can be found on the Community Meeting Results page.

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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 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 these ten policy elements, the Plan includes a focus on policies and projects particular to each of the city’s 17 neighborhood-scale planning areas, as they are defined in the Comprehensive Plan.

About the Rockville 2040 Process

The community engagement effort to update the city's Comprehensive Plan, or Rockville 2040, engaged the Rockville community in a discussion about the current state of the city and desired future on critical planning issues. The public outreach component 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 to get feedback on the Plan as it was being drafted. The public process and its resulting input was summarized and presented to the Planning Commission along with a draft of the Comprehensive Plan in two phases, the Elements section in 2019 and the Planning Areas section in 2020. For each section, the Planning Commission held a series of public hearings and work sessions to consider edits to the draft Plan and recommended a complete revised version to the Mayor and Council in early 2021. After holding their own series of public hearings and work sessions and making further revisions to the draft Plan, the Mayor and Council adopted the Comprehensive Plan at their meeting on August 2, 2021.

View videos, materials, and results from past meetings, citywide forums, and listening sessions on the Community Meeting Results 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. 

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