Historic Resources Management Plan Update

The Historic Resources Management Plan (HRMP) outlines how Rockville’s historic buildings and areas are managed. The current plan was written in 1986, when resources had to be at least 50 years old to be considered historic.

Updating the Historic Resources Management Plan

The updated HRMP will be a living document that can be updated as required, and incorporates a narrative describing periods of Rockville’s development, lists of resources and methods of protection, and the implications for various stakeholders, such as the Mayor and Council, the Planning Commission, the Historic District Commission, Peerless Rockville, historic property owners and the public. The plan will include a comprehensive database of frequently updated historic resources and will also feature a 10-year action plan, with detailed priorities and implementation steps for historic preservation in the future. Learn more about the HRMP.

For more information, Contact Sheila Bashiri at 240-314-8236 or by email.

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About the Historic Resources Management Plan

The Historic Resources Management Plan (HRMP) is a practical plan which addresses the management of the City’s historic resources, through implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. The current HRMP, adopted in 1986, established and described historic periods, cultural trends, and building types throughout Rockville’s history. The goals of the 1986 HRMP were to identify the historic resources in the City of Rockville, to present recommendations and implementation steps to protect and preserve those historic resources, and to coordinate the management of the City's historic resources through the Rockville Historic District Commission.

The current plan is a typewritten document that is over 30 years old, and overdue for an update. In January 2017, the City of Rockville contracted the services of Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. (JMT) of Baltimore, to draft a new Historic Resources Management Plan (HRMP). The new HRMP will continue to serve as a “functional plan” which will address the management of the City’s historic resources and how the Comprehensive Plan policies are to be carried out.

JMT will extract relevant content, and reorganize content from the 1986 HRMP, the Comprehensive Plan, and other documents into a new, updated HRMP. Additionally, the content will be expanded to more specifically address Rockville and its post-1945 building stock. The new document will also discuss the treatment of federal and state resources that are not locally designated by Rockville.

When the new HRMP is adopted, the 1986 HRMP will be “repealed”. The 1986 HRMP was written at a time when resources had to be at least fifty years old to be considered historic. The updated HRMP would be a ‘living document” that can be updated periodically as required. It will incorporate lists of various types of resources, different kinds of protection, and implications for different stakeholders (City, HDC, public). For example, the HRMP will include a comprehensive database of historic resources, identifying the type of designation for each (National Register, Rockville Historic District, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, properties of potential historic value, etc.) This list changes frequently.

The new HRMP will define new contexts, specifically for 1931-1945 and 1945-1995 periods. As the resources of these periods continue to evolve, the 1986 HRMP was not prepared to address their management. The new HRMP will also identify potential new and/or expanded districts for local designation, identify the need for design guidelines for individual communities, discuss strategies for infill and non-contributing structures within historic districts, and for commercial resources. The document will also feature a 10-year Action Plan, with clear steps to be undertaken.

Not only will the document continue to establish and describe historic periods, contexts, and building types for Rockville, it will describe the roles of Mayor and Council, the HDC, and the Planning Commission, and the policy basis for regulation in the Zoning Ordinance. The HMRP will explain detailed policies and implementation steps for historic preservation, such as historic districts, incentives, easements, education, survey needs, etc.

JMT’s Architectural Historians have conducted field surveys of potential historic resources within the Historic Area Expansion Study Area provided by the City and determined their general condition. Photographs of each resource were taken from the public right-of-way. JMT has also interviewed members of the City Staff. A total of three public meetings will be held, to give JMT the opportunity to explain the HRMP process to residents and stakeholders, and to get feedback from them on resources that they feel should be included in the plan. Some of this feedback will help JMT determine the remaining phases of the HRMP. The completion of the inventory will also allow the JMT to create a list of Rockville's historic building styles and forms.

The 10-Year Action Plan will contain Goals and Action Items that will be prioritized based on the information that is derived from the HRMP preparation process. Implementation procedures for each Goal and Action Item will be identified when possible.

Current Historic Resources Management Plan

This plan follows the Resource Protection Planning Process (RP3) devised by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior designed to facilitate the management of historic resources. The model consists of three parts: historic contexts, operating plans, and management plans. Additional guidance was given by the Maryland Historical Trust's statewide "Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan", published in 1986.

Abstract/Ordinance/Table of Contents

Chapter I-Introduction (PDF)

Chapter II-Goals and Objectives (PDF)

Chapter III-Historic Contexts

Historic Contexts Introduction (PDF)
Historic Context 1: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Early to Middle Woodland: 13, 000 B. C.- 900 A. D (PDF)
Historic Context 2: Late Woodland: 900-1600 A.D. (PDF)
Historic Context 3: Contact and Settlement: 1600-1750 (PDF)
Historic Context 4: Rural Community Formation and Identity: 1750-1825 (PDF)
Historic Context 5: Development as Montgomery County Seat: 1825-1873 (PDF)
Historic Context 6: Maturation and Expansion of the County Seat: 1873-1931 (PDF)
Historic Context 7: County Seat to Satellite City of the Nations' Capital: 1931- Present (PDF)

Chapter IV - Management of Historic Resources by Planning Area (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)