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Frequently Asked Questions on the Rockville's Pike Plan update
What is The Rockville’s Pike Plan?
Rockville's Pike is a planning process that incorporates widespread public input into developing a plan for the future of the Rockville Pike corridor within Rockville. The ultimate goal is to make Rockville’s main thoroughfare a great place for people to shop, live, work, gather and move around. A variety of planning issues are being considered, including land use, transportation, parks and open space, economic and environmental impacts and the overall "look" and "feel" of the Pike.
What are the boundaries of the planning area?
The study area contains 382 acres surrounding a 2-mile-long portion of Rockville Pike (MD Route 355). It is bounded on the north by Richard Montgomery Drive and on the south by the Rockville City Limits. The eastern boundary is along the Metrorail right-of-way. The western boundary follows the western edge of East Jefferson Street in the south, intersects the Woodmont Country Club in the middle, and lies at the rear of the properties facing Rockville Pike in the north. View a map of the study area.
Why create a plan now?
More than 20 years have passed since the City of Rockville completed the 1989 Rockville Pike Corridor Neighborhood Plan and made it part of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan. Since then, there have been significant changes along the Pike, and those changes continue both within Rockville and nearby. As the economy continues to recover, development and new buildings will bring more residents, shoppers, commuters and cars. A successful plan will express Rockville’s goals and guide change in the direction that the community wishes.
What are the next steps?
The Planning Commission has made revisions to a previous draft that was released in December 2010 and is now holding public hearings on 1) the revised draft plan and 2) suggested zoning revisions to implement some of the policies contained in the plan. The hearings began on March 20 and will be continued on April 24 and May 22. The Commission is also accepting written testimony on each document through May 31, 2013.
How can I read and learn about the Draft Plan and the suggested zoning revisions?
How can I find out even more?
Please contact the Long Range Planning staff for additional information:
Phone: (240) 314-8233
David B. Levy
Phone: (240) 314-8272