Rockville 2040: COMPREHENSIVE Plan UPdate

Planning Commission Begins Summer Work Sessions

Now that the public record is closed for written testimony, the Planning Commission will hold a series of work sessions to revise the plan, based on testimony received from the community. Work sessions will begin Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The Commission has scheduled additional work sessions on July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7, though other dates may be added, as needed. Once the Planning Commission has approved a plan, the document will be sent to the Mayor and Council to begin its review, which will also include the opportunity for public comment.

Review the Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Hearing is available in two formats:

Written Testimony Received

The following written testimony was received on the Planning Commission Draft Comprehensive Plan for Public Hearing. All testimony, including oral comments during scheduled public hearings, will be considered by the Planning Commission prior to their work session discussions on a final recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan to the Mayor and Council.

Oral Testimony Received

What is a 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 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 the draft Comprehensive Plan elements, a second, separate draft document will address each of Rockville’s 17 planning areas in detail. Planning staff continues to work on this part of the document and will release it for public review after the draft ten elements are considered by the Planning Commission. Each of the planning areas chapters will state city policy that applies to its own area with detailed recommendations on critical issues at the neighborhood scale.

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About the Rockville 2040 Process

The Rockville 2040 community outreach process concluded with the delivery of the Draft Comprehensive Plan 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, CPDS staff meet with a wide variety of stakeholders and neighborhood groups.
The input was summarized in staff reports and presented to the Planning Commission. The process now moves into the review and Public Hearing phase at scheduled meetings of the Planning Commission. The Commission will then submit an approved Comprehensive Plan to the Mayor and Council for consideration of adoption.

Find Past Meetings and Materials of the Rockville 2040 Process

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. 

Learn More About the Draft Comprehensive Plan

For more information:

  • Email comprehensiveplan@rockvillemd.gov;
  • Call (240) 314-8200; or
  • Speak with planning staff at the Planning counter in Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850