Rockville 2040: COMPREHENSIVE Plan UPdate

Planning Commission to Consider Initial Staff Draft of Volume II: Planning Areas

In addition to the draft Comprehensive Plan elements of Volume I, a second, separate draft volume will address each of Rockville’s 17 planning areas in detail. Planning staff has completed its initial staff draft of Volume II and will deliver the document to the Planning Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on December 11, 2019. The Commission will then schedule follow-up work sessions in January and February 2020 to complete review of the draft Volume II, before the draft is released for public comment. 

Each of the planning area chapters will establish city policy that applies to its own area with detailed recommendations on critical issues at the neighborhood scale. The Planning Commission is expected to schedule public hearings in the spring of 2020 to review testimony received during the public comment period.

Once the Planning Commission has approved a final recommended Comprehensive Plan, with both Elements and Planning Areas volumes, a complete document will be considered by the Planning Commission for recommendation to the Mayor and Council to begin its review, which will provide the opportunity for additional public comment and revisions.

Planning Commission Work Sessions for Testimony on Volume 1: Elements Complete

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.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements

The draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing, Volume I: Elements is available in two formats:

Review Public Testimony Received on the Elements Volume

The following testimony was received on the Planning Commission Draft Comprehensive Plan for Public Hearing: Elements. All testimony, including oral comments given during scheduled public hearings, are considered by the Planning Commission during their work session discussions on a final recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan to the Mayor and Council. The public record closed on June 18, 2019.

Written Testimony

Oral Testimony 

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 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 will include a second volume focused on policies and projects particular to each of the city's 17 planning areas, as they are defined in the draft Comprehensive Plan.

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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 volume 1 and 2 of the Draft Comprehensive Plan, it 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 (240) 314-8200; or
  • Speak with planning staff at the Planning counter in Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850