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Review Process for East Rockville Design Guidelines Expected this Month

The Mayor and Council are expected this month to authorize the formal review process for zoning amendments that, if adopted, will allow implementation of the East Rockville Design Guidelines and Standards.

The project will first be reviewed by the Planning Commission for its recommendation and then move to the Mayor and Council for discussion and possible adoption. The authorization to formally initiate the review of the East Rockville Design Guidelines and Standards is scheduled tentatively for the Mayor and Council’s April 20 meeting.

Over the course of a year, residents of East Rockville engaged with city staff and a design consultant to develop design guidelines and standards for the East Rockville neighborhood. The project is rooted in recommendations from the 2004 East Rockville Neighborhood Plan to retain the unique and diverse physical and natural characteristics of the community.

If adopted, the design guidelines and standards will be a zoning overlay that applies to new single-unit home construction and significant additions to existing homes.

The Mayor and Council received a briefing on the project on Monday, Feb. 24. To view the briefing, visit and select the TV icon next to the Feb. 24 meeting.

To review a draft of the East Rockville Design Guidelines and Standards, as well as for updates on meeting dates, visit the project website at

Live Mayor and Council Meeting Updates on Covid-19

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will deliver a livestreamed update before each Mayor and Council meeting, and the meeting itself will include an update by Mark Landahl, Rockville’s emergency manager, on the city’s COVID-19 response.

The meeting will be conducted by teleconference and be broadcast live on Rockville 11 and via livestreaming at, and will be available on demand beginning Tuesday at

Comments for community forum will be accepted in writing. Email by 2 p.m. Monday to submit comments.

Find the Mayor and Council agenda at

Mayor and Council Continue Work on FY 2021 Budget

The potential fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city’s finances and the economy has led the city manager to consider adjustments to his proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

The Mayor and Council will wind down their budget work in April, in preparation of adoption on Monday, May 4.

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Residents Sought for Service on Charter Review Commission

This article has been updated to reflect a new deadline to apply.

The Mayor and Council are seeking Rockville residents to serve on a Charter Review Commission that will review and recommend changes to Rockville’s founding document — the charter.

The charter, established in 1860 with Rockville’s incorporation, is a legal document similar to a constitution that empowers the city to pass ordinances, in accordance with state laws. The document establishes the city’s corporate limits and outlines how the city is organized and conducts business, such as the terms and number of elected officials, holding elections, levying taxes, adopting ordinances and providing services.

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Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Shutdown

Federal, state and local resources are available to help businesses during the COVID-19 emergency. Rockville Economic Development, Inc., has compiled a list of such resources and more information for businesses at

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The City of Rockville Responds

What You Need to Know About the City’s Response to COVID-19

Rockville City Hall and city facilities will be closed to the public through Friday, April 24, following recently issued state directives for slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

Employees are conducting as much of the city’s operations as possible while maintaining recommended social distancing to ensure the health and safety of city staff and the community. Employees who are able have moved to a telework schedule.

Essential city services will continue throughout this period, including regular trash and recycling collection, water treatment, street repair, water and sewer system repair, building code and fire inspections, animal control, traffic signal repair, and police patrols and emergency response.

Additionally, all city parks remain open to the public, though as a safety precaution, playgrounds and athletic courts are closed for use.

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Community Safety and the Stay-at-home Order

Chief Brito on How Rockville Police are Responding to Maryland’s Order

The following is an open letter to the Rockville community that city police Chief Victor Brito posted to the department’s Facebook page on Friday, April 3:

Dear Rockville Residents,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support, flexibility, and understanding as our community confronts the most significant health crisis in American history. You have my word that the City’s selfless, dedicated, and compassionate Rockville City Police Department employees will not waver nor falter in our commitment to protect our residents and this amazing community.

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Rockville Continues City Services While Extending Closures at City Facilities

City of Rockville facilities will remain closed to the public through Friday, April 24, and city events, classes, programs, rentals and activities are canceled through Thursday, April 30, in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders related to COVID-19 in Maryland.

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Rockville Cancels Hometown Holidays and Memorial Day Festivities

The Hometown Holidays Music Fest and Rockville’s Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade have been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

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Mayor Newton Delivers Second Update on Measures to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton delivered her second video statement, Monday, on behalf of the Mayor and Council, to update the Rockville community about actions the city is taking to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We all endeavor to keep each and every one of you healthy and safe in the days to come,” she said. “We will get through this if we follow the rules, make smart decisions and, above all, be kind and supportive of each other.”

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