An update to the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan, work on the “Rockville’s Pike Neighborhood Plan” and a push for increased school construction funding are among Mayor and Council priorities that the city is making progress on this spring.
At the start of the current term, the Mayor and Council identified more than 20 priorities, which can be found at www.rockvillemd.gov/mayorcouncil. Each priority has been assigned to a city department and project manager. Progress on each of the priorities will be tracked, with the Mayor and Council receiving regular status updates. The city is already making progress on several priorities, including:
- Meaningfully engaging with the county school system and the county and state government to promote school construction. The Mayor and Council delivered testimony on the county schools’ construction budget during County Council budget hearings in February. April saw an increase in state aid for school construction.
- The Mayor and Council received the “Rockville’s Pike Neighborhood Plan” from the Planning Commission in March and are making progress toward adopting it this year. A work session is scheduled for Monday, May 9, followed by a Monday, May 16 public hearing and more work into the summer. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockvillespike.
- Completing the “Rockville 2040” master plan revision by 2018. Learn more, including how to be involved in citywide public forums in May and June, at www.rockvillemd.gov/rockville2040.
- Taking steps to be proactive in outreach to diverse populations. The Mayor and Council are scheduled to issue a proclamation on Monday, May 2, recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
- Establishing a task force to find a dynamic use for the King Farm Farmstead that contributes to the community. Learn more at www.rockvillemd.gov/kingfarmfarmstead.
The city’s Department of Public Works also recently submitted Transportation/Land Use Connection grant applications to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for two additional Mayor and Council priorities: A “Vision Zero” plan for ending traffic-related fatalities and injuries on roads and a feasibility study for a pilot trolley/streetcar circulator.