Rockville 2040: COMPREHENSIVE Plan UPdate

Planning Commission Holds Summer Work Sessions on Plan Elements

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 began on June 26 and continued on July 10 and July 24. Three additional work sessions will be held on August 7, September 11, and September 25 to complete review of public testimony on remaining Element chapters.

Upon completion of its review of the Elements, the Planning Commission will begin review of the Planning Areas volume of the Comprehensive Plan, followed by a call for public testimony and work sessions on the Planning Areas. Once the Planning Commission has approved a final recommended Comprehensive Plan, with its Elements and Planning Areas volumes, the document will be sent to the Mayor and Council to begin its review, which will provide the opportunity for additional public comment and revision.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan Elements

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

Review Public Testimony Received on 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 

Work on Planning Areas Volume Continues

In addition to the draft Comprehensive Plan elements, a second, separate draft document will address each of Rockville’s 17 planning areas in detail. Planning staff continues to work on this part of the document and will release it for public review after the draft ten elements are considered by the Planning Commission. Each of the planning areas chapters will state city policy that applies to its own area with detailed recommendations on critical issues at the neighborhood scale.

What is a 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

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About the Rockville 2040 Process

The Rockville 2040 community outreach process concluded with the delivery of the Draft Comprehensive Plan 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, CPDS staff meet with a wide variety of stakeholders and neighborhood groups.
The input was summarized in staff reports and presented to the Planning Commission. The process now moves into the review and Public Hearing phase at scheduled meetings of the Planning Commission. The Commission will then submit an approved Comprehensive Plan 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