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Comprehensive Master Plan
A Vision for the Future
Rockville's Comprehensive Master Plan describes the broad vision for the City's future. It is the core philosophy that guides development, conservation and capital improvement projects to improve the quality of life in the Rockville community. It guides where and in what form development occurs in the community and frames the City's capital improvement projects. During the life of the master plans 20-year time frame, decisions are made on land use issues and budget priorities and these decisions are guided by the extent to which they correspond with the master plan.

The planning principles that provide a foundation for the goals and policies articulated in the 2002 Master Plan (page 1-1) state that Rockville will be a city that:

  1. Protects the character of its neighborhoods;
  2. Develops a sense of a cohesive community that overcomes physical barriers and links neighborhoods;
  3. Fosters a vibrant Town Center that has a distinctive character;
  4. Provides a diversity of integrated transportation options;
  5. Emphasizes its parks and open spaces;
  6. Respects the natural environment and historic resources, and promotes the responsible, sustainable use of natural resources for present and future populations;
  7. Provides a high level of community services and facilities;
  8. Maintains a safe and secure community;
  9. Encourages a broad range of housing styles and prices;
  10. Promotes active community involvement in planning and city government;
  11. Recognizes the diverse nature and needs of the community;
  12. Encourages a strong and diverse local economy;
  13. Establishes a supportive environment for advanced technology, technological industries, and institutions of higher learning;
  14. Recognizes its unique position as the governmental center of Montgomery County.

    Revisions to the Comprehensive Master Plan Currently Underway

    Comprehensive Master Plan Update
    The City is constantly engaged in updating and revising the Master Plan. Since 2002, Master Plan amendments have resulted in the adoption of three neighborhood plans (East Rockville, Lincoln Park and Twinbrook), one Conservation District (Lincoln Park) and two new elements (Municipal Growth and Water Resources). A recent amendment to the Historic Preservation Chapter has cleared the path for Rockville to participate in a county-wide historic preservation initiative by adding a portion of the City to the county heritage area.

    A review of the entire Master Plan took place in 2008 and 2009 and the Mayor and Council approved a two-phase approach to updating the plan. To learn more about the scope and details, visit the CMP Update Initiative webpage.

    Rockville's Pike Plan Update
    The City is undertaking an update to the 1989 Rockville Pike Corridor Neighborhood Plan to help facilitate a more transit-, bike- and pedestrian-friendly district focused around the Twinbrook Metro Station area. Visit the Rockville's Pike Plan Update page to find out more.

    Adopted Comprehensive Master Plan 
    The current Comprehensive Master Plan was adopted in 2002 and has been amended and expanded since that time.

    Complete 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan

    Comprehensive Master Plan CoverView the Comprehensive Master Plan by Chapter

    2002 Master Plan Documents

    Neighborhood Plans referred to in the 2002 Master Plan

    Other Components of the Comprehensive Master Plan
    The following plans and elements have been approved and adopted as amendments or supporting documents to the 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan since its initial adoption: