Rockville, MD’s (pop. 52,375) Planning and Zoning Ordinance is undergoing a major update and revision. The Ordinance, which is Chapter 25 of the City Code, was last updated in 1975. In those past 30 years, many new zoning concepts such as floating zones, performance zoning, form-based codes, and the entire concept of the New Urbanism have res
27 March 2006
Rockville, MD’s (pop. 52,375) Planning and Zoning Ordinance is undergoing a major update and revision. The Ordinance, which is Chapter 25 of the City Code, was last updated in 1975. In those past 30 years, many new zoning concepts such as floating zones, performance zoning, form-based codes, and the entire concept of the New Urbanism have reshaped the urban planning field. The city’s code needs to be revised to reflect and incorporate these 21st Century concepts appropriate for a city that is maturing towards full development.
Rockville is fast becoming “built out”, in that there is very little undeveloped land left. The zoning ordinance in many respects reflected development standards for a new, growing community. In-fill development and redevelopment of obsolete uses provides an opportunity for the city to remake its image, provided the appropriate zoning tools are available.
This comprehensive update is intended to accomplish the following:
Rockville plans to complete this process and adopt the revised ordinance in the fall of 2007. There will be significant public outreach as this program proceeds. The Mayor and Council have appointed a review committee to assist staff in formulating the major policy changes that will be proposed, and to review the draft version of the revised text. The civic associations, other city boards and commissions, and other organizations will be kept apprised also. City staff will be available to attend association meetings to provide information and answer questions. Ultimately, there will be a formal public hearing on the proposed new ordinance, expected to be held in the spring of 2007.
For more information, please contact the zoning revision staff by e-mail at email@example.com. You can also reach them by phone at 240.314.800.
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