Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Sept. 9 and 23 for the community to provide comments on the Planning Commission’s draft of the neighborhood-specific planning areas section of the comprehensive plan update. Details on how to pre-register for and participate in the public hearing are available online at www.rockville
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Written comments continue to be accepted until the Planning Commission closes the public record after the conclusion of the public hearing. Comments can be submitted online at www.rockvillemd.gov/forms.aspx?FID=65 or by email to planning.commission@rockvillemd.gov.

A virtual information session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from noon-1:30 p.m. and from 6-7:30 p.m. to answer questions about the draft plan and to explain how to provide written and oral testimony. Preregistration is not required and attendees may join at any time during the scheduled sessions. Details on how to join the virtual information session are online at www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville2040.

Planning staff is also available by request via email or virtual meeting to answer questions and talk with community associations, residents, businesses, employees and other organizations, so that community members can learn more about the draft’s contents and how to provide feedback.

The Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Plan draft of Volume II: Planning Areas consists of policy recommendations and proposed city projects for each of the city’s 17 neighborhood-scale planning areas.

These recommendations build on citywide policies of the draft “Volume I: Elements” — which the Planning Commission reviewed over the past year — by focusing on issues and opportunities unique to each planning area. 

Both draft volumes are based on feedback gathered throughout the Rockville 2040 process, which included numerous listening sessions, citywide forums, open houses and other meetings, as well as analysis and discussion by the Planning Commission and city staff.

The Planning Areas component will help guide neighborhood, or planning area, policies and projects throughout the next two decades.

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

For more information, and to review the Planning Commission’s draft Comprehensive Plan, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/Rockville2040 or contact principal planner Clark Larson at clarson@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8225.