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COVID-19: State is Recruiting Medical Workers

Montgomery County remains in the second of three reopening phases, with reopening guidelines limiting office use and encouraging telework.

With these guidelines in mind, the city is not able to welcome visitors back to City Hall or many city facilities, and no definitive date for reopening can be established at this time.

Information about the city’s response to the pandemic is available at www.rockvillemd. gov, on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nextdoor), and on Rockville 11 (channel 11 on county cable).

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Public Input Sought on Accessory Structures and Accessory Dwelling Units

The city will hold a series of virtual public input sessions, beginning in late January, to hear from the community on potential changes to regulations that govern residential accessory buildings in single-family neighborhoods.
City staff will be on hand to explain and answer questions about the proposed revisions ahead of a public hearing, tentatively scheduled for spring.

The public input sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19; 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

The amendments to the city’s zoning code under discussion would revise the regulations for accessory buildings and also allow the placement of accessory dwellings within accessory buildings. Under the proposal, an accessory apartment within the main house would also be allowed.

An accessory building is a detached structure in the rear yard, such as a shed or garage.

An accessory apartment is a small living unit, separate from but enclosed within the main house.

An accessory apartment added to existing house.

An accessory dwelling unit is a second, smaller dwelling on the same grounds as the main, single-family house but in an accessory building. Examples of these include an apartment over a garage or a smaller, separate structure (on a foundation) in the backyard.

A free-standing accessory dwelling unit.

For more details about the proposed revisions, including how to register for the virtual public input sessions, visit www.rockville md.gov/2345.

Mayor and Council Public Hearing Notice: Tree Planting

House, trees

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, on a text amendment to the city’s zoning code to modify tree planting requirements for new residential lots containing townhouses, duplexes and other attached units. 

The zoning ordinance requires three trees be planted on each new residential lot, including new townhouse lots and lots with other types of single-family attached units. Because townhouse lots are typically small, it is not always physically possible to meet this requirement. The proposed text amendment recommends revising the requirements to provide flexibility in planting location to meet the requirement. 

For a list of zoning text amendments, visit 

www.rockvillemd.gov/2171/Zoning-Code-Amendments. See the agenda for the Mayor and Council’s meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter

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Watch Out for Poisonous Mushrooms and Vegetation in Rockville Parks

Mushrooms, including poisonous mushrooms, are ubiquitous to this area of Maryland, including many Rockville parks. Additionally, there are several plants with toxic roots, stems or fruits (including berries).

Consumption of any plant or fungi from a local park can be dangerous or even fatal. City of Rockville code prohibits the removal of shrubs, bushes, plants or flowers from city parks, which includes foraging for mushrooms.

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Managed Deer Hunt to Close Civic Center Park

Parts of Civic Center Park and Croydon Creek Nature Center will be closed for portions of November to January to allow a pilot archery deer-culling program to take place in the John Hayes Memorial Forest (852 Avery Road) and surrounding parkland.

The pilot will take place Nov. 21-29, Dec. 19-27 and Jan. 9-16.

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Public Comment Period Extended for I-270/I-495 Widening Project

The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in July, is available for public comment through Monday, Nov. 9, after the state in late August extended the comment period by 30 days to allow the public and agencies more time to review the lengthy document.

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Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Stonestreet Amendment

The City of Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 8 to hear testimony on the public hearing draft of the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment.

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Mayor and Council to Begin Budget Work Dec. 9; Public Hearing is Dec. 16

The Mayor and Council are scheduled to first discuss their Fiscal Year 2021 budget priorities, budget process and calendar, and hear a preview about the general fund, during their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at City Hall.

A public hearing, part of the Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, will give community members their first chance to provide in-person input for development of the operating budget and Capital Improvements Program for FY 2021, which begins July 1.

The budget process gives community members multiple opportunities to provide input on the budget.

The city manager’s proposed budget will be presented in February. Public hearings and work sessions will be held during Mayor and Council meetings in March and April, on dates yet to be announced. The Mayor and Council are scheduled to adopt the FY21 budget in May.

Rockville’s Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget totals $138.9 million.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/budget or call the Finance Department at 240-314-8400.

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Upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Calendar
Dec. 9
Mayor and Council Discuss Budget, Budget Process and Calendar, and Hear General Fund Preview

Dec. 16
Budget Public Hearing

February (Date TBA)
Presentation of City Manager’s FY 2021 Proposed Budget

March-April (Dates TBA)
Budget Public Hearings and Work Sessions

May (Date TBA)
Adoption of the FY 2021 Budget

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Stonestreet Amendment

The City of Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 8 to hear testimony on the public hearing draft of the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment.

The Planning Commission’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Testimony on the draft may be provided as follows:

  • In writing to the City of Rockville Planning Commission, c/o Comprehensive Planning, Planning and Development Services, 111 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850.
  • By email to planning.commission@rockvillemd.gov.
  • In person at the Jan. 8 public hearing at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

For more information, contact Andrea Gilles at agilles@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8273.

Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/2004/Stonestreet-Corridor to view the amendment.

SHA to Host Workshops on Section of I-270

The State Highway Administration will host a series of public workshops in Frederick and Montgomery counties in mid-November to provide an overview of plans for Interstate 270 between interstates 370 and 70. The workshops will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road, Clarksburg.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Lincoln Recreation Center, Lincoln Elementary School, 200 Madison St., Frederick.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Urbana Fire Department Banquet Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

The workshops will provide an overview of pre-National Environmental Policy Act activities and the NEPA process; discuss the transportation needs of the corridor; and identify potential solutions and existing environmental considerations.

Pre-NEPA activities include a review of existing and future traffic, roadway and environmental conditions to inform the development of alternatives. There will be a brief presentation at 7 p.m. during each workshop. Attendees will be able to review display boards and meet with SHA staff.

Meeting materials, including an online presentation, will be available at 495-270-p3.com.

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