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Adequate Public Facilities
Revisions to APFS Scheduled for Sept. 18 Public Hearing
Changes to Rockville’s Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS) have been proposed that would alter standards for school capacity and fire and emergency services response.

A revision to the school capacity test would bring the city’s APFS standards in line with the county’s. Another revision would delete the fire and emergency services standard, as the city does not have jurisdiction over fire and emergency services.

View the full APFS with proposed revisions.

A public hearing on the revisions is scheduled for Sept. 18.


Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance and Adequate Public Facilities Standards
As part of the Mayor and Council's initiative for improved mobility and public services, the city has adopted an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) and Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS) to establish minimum service standards for public facilities such as transportation (roads, transit, pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities), schools, water, sewer and fire protection.

New developments are required to perform studies to evaluate their impact on public facilities and mitigate unacceptable impacts prior to approval. The ordinance was first adopted Nov. 1, 2005 and last amended June 6, 2011.


The city's APFO can also be found in Article 20 of the Rockville Zoning Ordinance. For more information, please contact Deane Mellander at 240-314-8224.

The Comprehensive Transportation Review (CTR) is referenced in the APFO for transportation-related measures. The process outlined in the CTR ensures that each development application meets the minimum transportation standards set forth in the city's APFO. For more information on the CTR, please contact Emad Elshafei at 240-314-8500.

View the memo on Residential Development Activity Since Modifications to the APFS (June 1, 2015) -- presented to Planning Commission on Oct. 14, 2015

Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Review Committee
The Planning Commission established an advisory committee to study the APFO and APFS in 2011. Visit the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Review Committee page to view the committee's work.