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Rockville 2040 - Background Information
Maryland State Law on Comprehensive Plans

Rockville is required to comply with the State of Maryland Land Use Article. To learn about the law regarding comprehensive planning, read the Article on LexisNexis. (When the link first opens, click "Agree" and expand the plus symbol next to "Land Use", then "Division I", then "Title 3" and read any of the sections under Subtitle 1-3)

Rockville is required to incorporate the State of Maryland's 12 Planning Visions in the CMP. The planning visions guide growth and development policies and help to set priorities. The state's Smart, Green and Growing Planning Guide describes the 12 visions and how they will be implemented. It also explains key planning laws and concepts.

Additional guidance on the preparation of master plans is available from the Maryland Office of Planning and Department of Housing and Community Development through the publication, Maryland's Models and Guidelines Volume 13: Preparing a Comprehensive Plan.

Preparing for the Master Plan Update

Rockville in the Region

The City is part of the larger capital region and is a member of the Metropolitan Council of Governments (MWCOG). On May 3, 2010, the Mayor and Council voted to endorse the MWCOG plan “Region Forward”.  Region Forward: A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning and Measuring Progress in the 21st Century, prepared by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, describes common planning challenges and demographic trends and outlines planning goals and objectives for the greater Washington D.C. area. 

The Rockville Summit

The Rockville Summit was a two-part, community-oriented initiative to engage residents and business owners in a dialogue about Rockville's future. The first Rockville Summit was held in October 2011 and brought together nearly 200 members of Rockville's residential, business, government and nonprofit communities to begin an ongoing dialogue about the City, the regional economy and Rockville's future. The second Rockville Summit was held in November 2012, when community members from throughout Rockville (including residents and representatives of the business, nonprofit, government and education sectors) reported on a series of working group studies on various key issues in the Rockville community.

Visit the Rockville Summit webpage to learn more about this process.

Background Reports

In preparation for the Master Plan update, the Planning Department prepared the following background reports to study the state of the city.