Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Planning Areas component of the Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing over the course of two meetings, September 9 and 23, 2020, to accept oral testimony on its draft of the Planning Areas portion of the Comprehensive Plan update. Details on how to prepare for and participate in the public hearing are explained below.

Written testimony continues to be accepted until the close of business (5 p.m.) on October 7, 2020. Guidance on submitting written testimony to the Planning Commission is provided below.

The Planning Commission's draft of Volume II: Planning Areas consists of policies and recommended zoning changes and city projects for each of the city’s 17 neighborhood-scale planning areas. The Volume II draft builds on the citywide policies from the draft Volume I: Elements — which the Planning Commission reviewed in 2019 — by focusing on issues and opportunities unique to each planning area. Both of the Planning Commission's draft volumes 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 Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas

The draft is available to review in two page formats:

How to Submit Testimony

Written Testimony
Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted to the Planning Commission, in addition to oral testimony provided at the public hearing. There is no limit to the length or amount of written testimony that can be submitted, though clarity and concise language is preferred. Testimony may be submitted on any portion of the draft Comprehensive Plan, though the Planning Commission's focus at upcoming work sessions will be on the Planning Areas draft.

Written testimony may be submitted until the close of business (5 p.m.) on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in any of the following ways:

  1. By email, to;
  2. By completing an online comment form; and/or
  3. By mail to: City of Rockville Planning Commission, c/o Larissa Klevan, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Please include with all written testimony: Your name, address, and the organization on behalf of whom you are submitting (if applicable). We also ask that you identify all written correspondence on the Planning Areas draft as such and, if applicable, on which planning area(s) or page you are providing comments.

Oral Testimony at the Virtual Public Hearing
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Planning Areas draft over the course of two meetings. Members of the public are invited to speak once during the public hearing. Individuals will have three minutes to speak, while representatives of organizations will have five minutes. The hearing will be held online through the Cisco Webex video conference platform.

Virtual Public Hearing Dates

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. - CONCLUDED
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. - please pre-register to speak by 9 a.m. on Sept. 22

Instructions for the Virtual Public Hearing

  • Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to participate in the virtual public hearing.
  • To pre-register, email Clark Larson at, no later 9 a.m. the day before each hearing date, with the following information:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Email and Phone Number for contact purposes, exclusively for the virtual public hearing
    • The Hearing Date you plan to attend (Sept. 9 or 23), and
    • Your Expected Method of Joining the Meeting (web browser, Webex app, or phone call)
  • On the day before each hearing date, those who pre-register will receive a confirmation email with details on how to participate, tips on video-conferencing, as well as two WebEx invitations to each of the two optional WebEx Orientation / Question & Answer Sessions at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A separate emailed invitation will be sent on the afternoon of the public hearing date join the hearing itself.
  • All public hearing participants must adhere to the Planning Commission's Public Hearing Ground Rules
  • For special accommodations or language support when submitting testimony, please email or call 240-314-8200.

Viewing the Virtual Public Hearing (if not participating/speaking)

If you are not participating in the public hearing or would like to view it at a later date, it can be viewed live on Comcast, Verizon and RCN cable channel 11. To stream the hearing live online, select Live Video Streaming on the city’s Rockville 11 webpage at To watch a recording of the meeting later, visit and select the Planning Commission video for September 9 and 23.

Note: All submitted testimony is considered an item of public record and will be reviewed by the Planning Commission.

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 Larissa Klevan at to arrange a virtual meeting.

Public Testimony Received To Date on the Draft Planning Areas Volume

The following testimony has been received by the Planning Commission on the Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing. The public record remains open, until closed by the Planning Commission, which is generally two weeks after the last date of the public hearing. Written testimony will be added periodically as it is received and oral testimony will be available at the conclusion of the Planning Commission public hearing.

Written Testimony Received (to date)

Next Steps

When the public hearing has concluded and the public record is closed on the Planning Commission's draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume II: Planning Areas, the Planning Commission will hold work sessions to revise the draft Plan based on the input received. The Planning Commission will then submit both volumes I and II of its revised draft plan to the Mayor and Council for review and action. The Mayor and Council will also invite public testimony (written and oral) to inform its final decision. Approval and adoption of a final version by the Mayor and Council will be the final step in the process to update the Rockville Comprehensive Plan.

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Review the Volume I: Elements Draft and Testimony Submitted to the Planning Commission

With the public record closed for testimony on the Elements volume of the draft Comprehensive Plan, the Planning Commission held a series of work sessions to revise the plan based on testimony received. Work sessions were held from June to September in 2019 to complete review of public testimony on all ten Element chapters. Follow the link below to view the latest Volume I draft that includes changes by the Planning Commission following their work sessions to review public testimony, as well as to view the public testimony received the the Volume I: Elements Public Hearing Draft.

View the latest Draft Comprehensive Plan, Volume I: Elements

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.