Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Mayor and Council Now Reviewing Draft Comprehensive Plan Update

The Mayor and Council is reviewing the Planning Commission's recommended draft of the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Rockville along with all comments received during the public comment period, March 15 through July 2, 2021, and from two virtual public hearings on April 12 and June 14, 2021. They are expected to act on the draft plan at their meeting on August 2, 2021.

The Planning Commission's recommended draft of the Comprehensive Plan is comprised of ten citywide topical Elements and seventeen neighborhood-scale Planning Areas. Both sections derive from feedback gathered throughout the Rockville 2040 process, which included numerous listening sessions, citywide forums, open houses and other meetings, as well as analysis and discussion by staff and the Planning Commission.

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Review the Mayor and Council's Draft Comprehensive Plan with Tracked Changes

The following draft Plan elements have been revised by staff from Mayor and Council direction and are under review by the Mayor and Council ahead of their consideration of adoption of the full plan on August 2, 2021.

Draft Plan ElementsDraft Planning Areas (1-17)
Contents and Introduction [PDF, 7MB]
Planning Areas [PDF, 67MB]










Glossary [PDF, <1MB]


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Review the Planning Commission's Recommended Draft of the Comprehensive Plan

The following documents were recommended by the Planning Commission to the Mayor and Council and are currently under review by the Mayor and Council in consideration of adoption. The plan is provided below to view or download in sections due to its large file size.

Review Testimony Submitted to the Mayor and Council

The following testimony was received by the Mayor and Council on the Planning Commission's recommended draft of the Comprehensive Plan during the Mayor and Council's public comment period, from March 15 to July 2, 2021.

Written Testimony

Oral Testimony

Mayor and Council Work Sessions

The Mayor and Council held the following work sessions to discuss public testimony on the Planning Commission's recommended draft Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Mayor and Council Meetings

The Mayor and Council held the following meetings to consider revisions and adoption of the Planning Commission's recommended draft Rockville 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

  • July 19, 2021 [pending]
  • August 2, 2021 [pending]

Review the Planning Commission's Previous Work Sessions and Received Testimony

Results from the Planning Commission's work to prepare, receive comments on, and revise the Comprehensive Plan prior to their transmittal to the Mayor and Council can be found on the Community Meeting Results page.

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What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Rockville’s Comprehensive Plan is the citywide guiding policy document that sets the vision and goals for the future of the city with practical policies and actions that will get us there. The draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I includes recommended policies and action among ten elements, or chapters, focused on:

  • Land Use and Urban Design
  • Transportation
  • Recreation and Parks
  • Community Facilities
  • Environment
  • Water Resources
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Historic Preservation
  • Municipal Growth

In addition to these ten policy elements, the city’s second volume focuses on policies and projects particular to each of the city’s 17 planning areas, as they are defined in the draft Comprehensive Plan.

About the Rockville 2040 Process

The Rockville 2040 community outreach process concluded with the delivery of the draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume 1: Elements, to the Planning Commission in March 2019. Rockville 2040 engaged the Rockville community in a discussion about the current state of the city and desired future on critical planning issues. The outreach included 35 listening sessions, four citywide forums, and three open houses. In addition, planning staff met with a wide variety of stakeholders and neighborhood groups. The public process and its resulting input was summarized in staff reports and presented to the Planning Commission along with the Plan draft. Once the Commission completes its review of volumes I and II of the Draft Comprehensive Plan, the entire document will be recommended for approval to the Mayor and Council for consideration of adoption.

Find Past Meetings and Materials for Rockville 2040

View videos, materials and results from past citywide forums, listening sessions, staff discussions, and the project kick-off meeting on the Meeting Results and Materials page.

View Background Trends Reports Prepared for the Comprehensive Plan Update

To understand conditions in the city as they stand today, city departments prepared trends reports in key topic areas including: Community Facilities, Economy, Environment, Historic Preservation, Housing, Land Use, and Transportation. 

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