East Rockville Design Guidelines

Mayor & Council Adopt East Rockville Design Guidelines

On February 1, 2021, the Mayor and Council adopted the East Rockville Design Guidelines, which apply to new single dwelling unit (detached) residential construction and additions to existing homes in the East Rockville neighborhood.

Section 25.10.14 of the Zoning Code provides that prior to the approval of a building permit for a structure in a single dwelling unit residential zone, the structure must conform to any applicable design guidelines approved by the Mayor and Council. 

East Rockville Design Guidelines

View Zoning Ordinance Interpretation #2-23, which impacts how the design guidelines are applied and complied with.

Background

Along with a design consultant, planning staff has worked in partnership with residents to identify issues, determine goals and establish design guidance for new single-unit homes and expansions to existing homes within the East Rockville neighborhood.

The intent of the guidelines is to promote complementary and context-sensitive development between new and existing structures, while also allowing creative design. 

The project builds on recommendations from the 2004 East Rockville Neighborhood Plan to develop a guide for new construction that enhances both the physical and environmental aspects of the neighborhood.

Current residents are only required to comply with the guidelines when completing additions, renovations, or new construction. Existing structures may remain as they are.

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Past Meetings Timeline

Oct 9, 2018Project Introduction and Information
Meeting Presentation
Design Guidelines Survey
Oct 28, 2018Community Workshop: Input gathering and priorities for new construction and additions
Meeting Presentation
Design Guidelines Survey Results Matrix
Jan 24, 2019Community Meeting to review and discuss initial draft design guidelines and standards
DRAFT Design Guidelines
Mar 12, 2019Community Meeting to review 2nd draft of the design guidelines and standards
DRAFT Design Guidelines and Standards - March 12, 2019
Jun 3, 2019Community Meeting to review 3rd draft of the design guidelines and standards
DRAFT Design Guidelines and Standards - June 3, 2019
Oct 14, 2019Community Meeting to review the final draft of the design guidelines and standards
Meeting Presentation
Final DRAFT Design Guidelines and Standards - UPDATED
Feb 24, 2020Mayor and Council Briefing
Meeting Presentation
May 27, 2020Planning Commission Briefing and Discussion
Jun 8, 2020Mayor and Council Zoning Text Amendment Authorization
Review the staff report and text amendment.
July 22, 2020Planning Commission Review and Discussion
Review the staff report and supporting documents.
August 5, 2020Planning Commission Discussion and Recommendations
Review the staff report and supporting documents.
February 1, 2021Mayor and Council Review and Adoption
Review the staff report and supporting documents.


Applicability

Single-family homes in the area shown on the map below are required to comply with the East Rockville Design Guidelines when proposing construction and additions.