Category: Development and Planning (Page 1 of 20)

Rockville Metro Station Study Begins

The City of Rockville has begun work on a study of the Rockville Metro Station in coordination with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Montgomery County.

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Take the Survey and Help Plan the Future of RedGate Park

What should RedGate Park look like in 10 years? Twenty years? 

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What’s Your Vision?

Get involved with Vision Zero, the city’s strategy to eliminate traffic and pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy and fair mobility for all. Help us better understand your transportation, pedestrian and bicycle safety experience in Rockville by completing an online survey at www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero. Older residents who would like assistance completing the survey can call the Rockville Senior Center at 240-314-8816.

Mayor and Council Adopt Design Guidelines for East Rockville

The Mayor and Council adopted at their Monday. Feb. 1 meeting a zoning amendment to allow implementation of the East Rockville Design Guidelines and Standards.

The design guidelines include requirements, in addition to the existing residential zoning, that apply to new single-unit home construction and significant additions to existing homes.

Residents of East Rockville engaged with city staff and a design consultant over the course of a year to develop the design guidelines 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.

To review the East Rockville Design Guidelines, as well as for staff contacts, visit the project webpage at www.rockvillemd.gov/2249.

Planning Commission to Recommend Comprehensive Plan Draft to Mayor and Council

The Mayor and Council will begin their review of the Planning Commission’s draft comprehensive plan update, starting this month.

After an extensive public input process and preparation of the draft plan, the Rockville Planning Commission is scheduled to present their recommended plan update during the Mayor and Council’s March 15 meeting. A public comment period into April will allow further community input.

Rockville’s comprehensive plan sets a vision and goals for the future of the city, with practical policies and actions to achieve those goals.

The comprehensive plan is organized in two sections. The first section contains 10 broad citywide “Elements,” including topics such as transportation, recreation and parks, and municipal growth. The second section focuses on issues and opportunities specific to 17 neighborhood-scale planning areas.

The Planning Commission’s draft comprehensive plan is based on feedback gathered throughout the Rockville 2040 process. If adopted, it will replace the city’s 2002 comprehensive plan and many of its subsequent amendments.

For more info, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville2040 or principal planner Clark Larson at clarson@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8225.

Mayor and Council Testify on County’s Shady Grove Plan Update

Rockville’s Mayor and Council sent a letter this week to the Montgomery County Council with their testimony on the Shady Grove Sector Plan Minor Master Plan Amendment.

Since the adoption by the county of the Shady Grove Sector Plan in 2006, several substantive changes to the county’s land use planning policies and practices require the plan be updated.

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Meet a Rockville Employee: Crystal Gorham

Crystal Gorham

Crystal Gorham is the City of Rockville’s landlord-tenant specialist and serves as liaison to the Landlord-Tenant Commission. Gorham, the city’s housing services supervisor, works in the newly formed Department of Housing and Community Development.

We asked her a few questions about her job to introduce her to the Rockville community.

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Mayor and Council to Continue Short-Term Rental Discussion

The Mayor and Council will hold a Monday, Feb. 22, work session to further discuss potential short-term residential rental regulations and consider input received from two public hearings on the topic.

The work session will begin at 7 p.m.

A short-term rental is when a dwelling unit, or part of a dwelling unit, is rented for a short period of time, usually fewer than 30 days. Most short-term residential rentals are coordinated through third-party companies such as Airbnb, Priceline and Expedia.

While short-term residential rentals take place in the city, no laws currently govern the practice. 

For more information, see the staff report included with the Sept. 11 public hearing agenda at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

City Seeks Public Input on Short-Term Residential Rentals at Second Hearing

The Mayor and Council will hold a second public hearing virtually, Monday, Jan. 11, to gather input on whether to develop recommendations to regulate short-term residential rentals in Rockville.

A short-term rental is when a dwelling a unit, or part of a dwelling unit, is rented for a short period of time, usually fewer than 30 days. Most short-term residential rentals are coordinated through third-party companies such as Airbnb, Priceline and Expedia.

While short-term rentals take place in the city, no laws currently govern the practice. 

At their Nov. 9 public hearing, the Mayor and Council requested a second hearing to collect the community’s thoughts and opinions on residential short-term rentals prior to any recommendation for the development of regulations.

For more information, see the staff report in the Nov. 9 agenda at bit.ly/SRT11920.

Mayor and Council Initiate Annexation Discussion

The Mayor and Council are considering whether to annex an almost 10.3-acre plot of land at 16200 Frederick Road.

The annexation was initiated through a petition to the city by Victor, Inc., the property’s owner, with a request to zone the area as mixed-use corridor district.

Annexation is the formal process of incorporating an area outside of the city’s jurisdiction into its municipal boundaries. To be eligible, the property must be within the city’s maximum expansion limits, as identified in the adopted Municipal Growth Element of the Comprehensive Plan, and adjacent to city limits.

The proposal must go through several steps before approval, including a review by and public hearing in front of the Planning Commission scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing before making a final decision. For more, see the Nov. 23 Mayor and Council meeting staff report at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

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