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Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update
Mayor and Council Seek Public Comments on Planning Commission-Recommended Draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update
The Mayor and Council will hold a virtual public hearing at their meeting on Monday, April 12 to receive comments on the City of Rockville’s draft comprehensive plan update.
After an extensive public input process and preparation of the draft plan, the Rockville Planning Commission presented its recommended draft of the comprehensive plan update to the Mayor and Council on March 15.
The Mayor and Council is now accepting comments on the draft plan and will review all comments received as part of their work session discussions and consideration of any revisions to the document. The public comment period will run into April to allow the community to give further input on the document in writing.
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.
Review the Planning Commission's Approved Comprehensive Plan
The plan is provided below to view or download in sections due to its large file size.
How to Submit Testimony
The Mayor and Council public hearing will take place on Monday, April 12, 2021, at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, to receive comments on the Planning Commission's recommended comprehensive plan.
How to Participate in the Virtual Public Hearing
Persons wishing to testify at the hearing are asked to call 240-314-8280 or email email@example.com before 10:00 a.m. on April 12 to be placed on the speakers’ list. Please provide your name and phone number with the request. After signing up to speak, you will be connected with the City’s Information Technology Department to receive all the information you need to join the virtual meeting by audio to share your comments during the hearing.
Persons wishing to submit written comments may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If they are received before 10:00 a.m. on April 12, they will be provided to the Mayor and Council for the public hearing. If they are received after 10:00 a.m., they will be provided to the Mayor and Council soon thereafter.
All comments received by the Mayor and Council, whether as part of the Public Hearing or in writing, will be provided to the Mayor and Council as part of the public record.
Viewing Mayor and Council Public Hearing
The virtual public hearing can be viewed on Rockville 11, Channel 11 on county cable, livestreamed at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville11, and available a day after each meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/videoondemand.
Written comments are encouraged and may be submitted outside of the Public Hearing at any time to: Rockville Mayor and Council, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland, 20850, or sent by email to email@example.com. There is no limit to the length or amount of written testimony that can be submitted, though clarity and concise language is appreciated.
The Mayor and Council have not set a date for the close of the public record for written comments.
During the public comment period, planning staff is available to answer questions and meet with community associations, residents, businesses, employees, and other organizations by request so that community members can learn more about the contents of the draft Comprehensive Plan and how to provide feedback. Please contact Clark Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a virtual meeting with staff.
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
- Recreation and Parks
- Community Facilities
- Water Resources
- Economic Development
- 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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- Call the Planning and Development Service Department at (240) 314-8200