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Town Center Master Plan
Planning AreaTown Center Master Plan (adopted 2001)
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The Rockville Town Center initiative came about as a result of intensive collaboration between Rockville citizens and its city government, and produced a strong vision and direction that has proven to be viable.The first phase of Town Center, the 12.5-acre mixed-use development known as Rockville Town Square, implements that vision to a degree that is unusual in city planning.

The Town Center Master Plan represents a clear vision and guide for the future of Rockville's town center and its continuing revitalization. With the goal of creating a "daytime, evening and weekend activity center that is easily identifiable, pedestrian-oriented and incorporates a mix of uses and activities," the plan envisions a mix of office, retail and residential uses in the City's town center. The plan recommends the creation of a pedestrian corridor with wide sidewalks, plazas and other pedestrian amenities which would extend west from the Rockville Metro Station along East Montgomery Avenue and northward along Maryland Avenue. This corridor would function as the City's "Main Street," and is the preferred location where retail stores, restaurants and entertainment can occur in the ground floor of residential or office buildings.

The Urban Design Overlay District Design Guidelines are intended to provide guidance for developers and designers as they plan and design the Rockville Town Center. The guidelines apply to both public and private development within the Urban Design Overlay District. View or download the plan:


Town Center Master Plan
Urban Design Overlay District Design Guidelines