Development Watch

The City of Rockville takes very seriously its responsibility to keep its residents and businesses informed of proposed development changes in the community. The Department of Community Planning and Development Services provides regular status updates for major development applications that are under review and recently approved.

Major Development Review Application Updates

The Development Review Division provides regular updates for major development review applications in the city through a list of projects by application status and online interactive map. Major applications are those that require a public hearing or are otherwise significant in their scope or impact.

Applications are listed by their review status on these webpages:

Development Watch Online Map

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Development Watch Newsletter

The City of Rockville Department of Community Planning and Development Services sends this monthly newsletter to provide updates on major development applications and revisions submitted the previous month, as well as to highlight upcoming public meetings, among other information.

Area Meetings

The City of Rockville development review process requires that neighborhood area meetings be conducted for certain types of development applications. Depending upon the type of application, the development review process may require two area meetings. The pre-application area meeting is intended to introduce a proposed project to the neighborhood prior to a formal project application submittal to the city while the post-application area meeting allows for a neighborhood to review formal application materials submitted to the city.

Due to the nature of pre-application area meetings, city staff is not always informed of such meetings until after they occur and is unable to provide reliable advanced notice of their scheduling. Staff do attend post-application area meetings, however, to respond to questions about the application review process and timing. View instructions on how to attend virtual meetings. Sign up for the Development Watch Newsletter above or view previous newsletters for information on upcoming area meetings.

Ex Parte Communications and Active Development Applications

Cases listed on Development Watch may be subject to a prohibition on ex parte communications.

Members of the deciding body for an application must refrain from communication about the application with interested parties outside of a public meeting. Making decisions based on a common public record provides for a fair and orderly process in which to consider and act on a particular matter.

Any communication sent through emails or in writing on these applications to the deciding body will be forwarded to city staff, who will respond with answers to questions, as well as information on rules around communicating with members of the deciding body.

Online Permit and Parcel Search

In addition to the major development application updates available above, any permits, licenses, plans and applications that Inspection Services, Planning, Forestry or Police Administration process can be found through the city's permit system. Visit the Search Permits and Property History page for more information.

About the Development Review Process

Development review is a general term for the city's process to review proposed developments and ensure they comply with the city's regulations. Find out about the development review process and what kind of projects require approval on the city's Development Review Process page.

Development Review Committee

Certain development applications are reviewed by a team of staff representing several departments within the city prior to consideration by the Approving Authority. Find out what projects are coming up for review by the city's Development Review Committee.