Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Commission Holds Work Sessions to Review Testimony on Planning Areas Draft

With the public record closed on the draft Planning Areas portion of the Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan update, the Planning Commission will hold work sessions to review received testimony and make changes to the draft Comprehensive Plan based on the testimony.

Work sessions will take place on October 28, November 18, and December 9, 2020. The work sessions will not be open for public comment or discussion, but will be televised and streamed live and recorded for on-demand viewing. To find out how to view the Planning Commission work sessions, visit the Rockville 11 webpage.

The Planning Commission's draft of Volume II: Planning Areas consists of policies and recommended zoning changes and city projects for each of the city’s 17 neighborhood-scale planning areas. The Volume II draft builds on the citywide policies from the draft Volume I: Elements — which the Planning Commission reviewed in 2019 — by focusing on issues and opportunities unique to each planning area. Both of the Planning Commission's 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 by staff and the Planning Commission.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas

The draft is available to review in two page formats:

The latest Planning Commission draft for Volume I: Elements is available on the Community Meeting Results page.

Public Testimony Received on the Draft Planning Areas Volume

The following testimony was received by the Planning Commission on the Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing. The public record closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Written Testimony

Oral Testimony
The Planning Commission accepted oral testimony during a public hearing held over the course of two meetings, September 9 and September 23, 2020.

Next Steps

The Planning Commission will hold work sessions to revise the draft Plan based on the input received. The Planning Commission will then submit both Elements and Planning Areas revised draft volumes to the Mayor and Council for review and action. The Mayor and Council will also invite public testimony (written and oral) to inform its final decision. Approval and adoption of a final version by the Mayor and Council will be the final step in the process to update the Rockville Comprehensive Plan.

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Review the Volume I: Elements Draft 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 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. Follow the link below to view the latest Volume I draft that includes changes by the Planning Commission following their work sessions to review public testimony, as well as to view the public testimony received the the Volume I: Elements Public Hearing Draft.

View the latest Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements

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 for Rockville 2040

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. 

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