Comprehensive Plan

Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan Adopted

The City of Rockville Mayor and Council adopted the Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan on August 2, 2021. The adopted Comprehensive Plan, along with other related plans and document, is available below. Find out about the process to adopt the Comprehensive Plan at the Rockville 2040 webpage.

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Comprehensive Plan and Related Policy Documents

The following documents help guide Rockville's future by setting visions, goals and policies for managing growth and community assets.

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Comprehensive Plan

Adopted August 2, 2021

The City of Rockville Comprehensive Plan describes the broad vision for the city’s future. It is the core philosophy that guides development, conservation, and capital improvement projects to improve the quality of life in the Rockville community. During the life of the plan’s 20-year time frame, decisions are made on land use issues and budget priorities and these decisions are guided by the extent to which they correspond with the plan. The current plan was adopted in 2021 to replace the previous citywide plan adopted in 2002 and many of its subsequent amendments.

View the Comprehensive Plan *

* Note: This document link is for a single-page, 11"x11" format of the complete Comprehensive Plan that is best for online viewing. If you have difficulty downloading the large file size (230 MB), the link below provides access to individual sections and printable page formats of the Plan.

View Individual Sections of the Comprehensive Plan

View the Online Interactive Land Use Policy Map of the Comprehensive Plan

View the previous 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan


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Neighborhood Plans


Neighborhood plans provide the city and its residents and businesses the chance to clarify and refine the Comprehensive Plan's visions and goals for specific areas in the city. Adopted plans are based on community-identified goals and Mayor and Council priorities and must comply with state planning requirements and are generally adopted for a specific city planning area. Some past neighborhood plans are superseded and replaced by portions of the Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2021, while others are adopted by reference with certain updates in the Comprehensive Plan.

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Bikeway Master Plan

Adopted 2017

The Rockville Bikeway Master Plan provides a vision for a safe and efficient multimodal transportation system within the City of Rockville. First adopted in 1981, the Plan was updated in 1998 and again in 2004 to reflect new opportunities for network expansion and program development.

The 2017 Rockville Bikeway Master Plan builds on the great accomplishments of the past with an emphasis on greater network connectivity and promotion of cycling as a legitimate means of transport to be considered as part of all urban design, land use planning, transport planning and the planning and delivery of major projects.

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View Implementation Plan


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Heritage Area Amendment

Adopted 2013

On January 28, 2013, the Mayor and Council adopted an amendment to Rockville’s Comprehensive Master Plan to join the Montgomery County Heritage Area and adopt the Montgomery County Heritage Area Management Plan. Through this amendment, the City is able to participate in this State’s economic development program, known as a Heritage Enterprise Zone. Benefits include eligibility for grants and loan assistance for acquisition, development, public interpretation, and programming, as well as tax incentives for the rehabilitation of non-designated historic buildings and non-historic buildings in active tourism use.

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Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan

Approved 2020 (not formally a part of the Comprehensive Plan)

The City of Rockville Recreation and Parks Department Strategic Plan provides the Department a roadmap for addressing community needs for the next five years. This plan details the current state of the system while identifying focus areas based on a comprehensive assessment of the community’s vision and their priorities. 
The Plan updates and replaces the Recreation, Recreation and Open Space Plan (PROS) approved in 2009.

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