Development Review Process
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Development review is a general term for the city's various procedures to review proposed developments and ensure they comply with the city's regulations. These regulations include land use, zoning, engineering, utilities, transportation, storm water, sediment control and tree preservation to achieve high quality site design and to maintain adequate public infrastructure. As outlined in the Rockville Zoning Ordinance, the city works with the surrounding property owners, businesses and the applicant during the development review process.
Rockville's development review procedures are intended to help assure the health and welfare of citizens and achieve high-quality development that complies with applicable regulations of the city code and addresses the needs of the surrounding community. These procedures govern all development projects except single unit, detached residences.
Development Review Levels
The zoning ordinance outlines three levels of development review based on the projects size and potential impact: Level 1, Level 2, and Project Plan review. Each project is assigned points based on its acreage, number of dwelling units, square footage of non-residential space, residential area impact and traffic impact. The level of development review determines how many public meetings are required and whether the Mayor and Council, Planning Commission or Chief of Planning has final approving authority.