Looking Forward to the
Future for Historic Plan

At more than three decades old, the existing Historic Resources Management Plan is almost a piece of history itself — the document is typewritten.

Now, the 21st century future of Rockville’s history will be up for discussion in October, as the city moves forward on updating that 30-year-old plan, which outlines how Rockville’s historic buildings and areas are managed.

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts and ideas on preservation, and what buildings and places in Rockville are important to them, at a meeting conducted by city staff and consultant firm JMT. The discussion of updates to the Historic Resources Management Plan will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Rockville City Hall.

The ‘86 plan (see www.rockvillemd.gov/HRMP86) was written at a time when resources had to be at least 50 years old to be considered historic. The updated HRMP will be a living document that can be updated as required, and incorporates a narrative describing periods of Rockville’s development, lists of resources and methods of protection, and the implications for various stakeholders, such as the Mayor and Council, the Planning Commission, the Historic District Commission, Peerless Rockville, historic property owners and the public.

The plan will include a comprehensive database of frequently updated historic resources and will also feature a 10-year action plan, with detailed priorities and implementation steps for historic preservation in the future.

For more information on the Historic Resources Management Plan update, contact Preservation Planner Sheila Bashiri at 240-314-8236, or sbashiri@rockvillemd.gov.