On August 1, 2016 the City of Rockville, Maryland approved the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, a corridor and area plan created to transform this high-traffic thoroughfare into a multi-model mixed use environment.
While Rockville Pike is a local and regional retail destination, it is largely characterized by low-density, auto-oriented, single-use development. The Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan includes a vision and a new set of form-based development regulations and a supporting plan for the corridor and immediate surroundings. The Plan will promote the Pike’s future as a green, multi-modal boulevard with pedestrian-friendly design and a robust public realm—while still accommodating high traffic demands.
To develop the Plan, the Planning NEXT Team designed a substantial and inclusive approach to solicit input by all stakeholders, including citizens of Rockville, affected property owners, state and county officials, and residential and business tenants along the corridor.
The form-based development regulations and supporting plan include measures to expand the street grid to improve network connectivity and walkability; to promote a mix of uses; to intensify development, particularly near the Metro station; to reduce surface parking; and to encourage attractive and environmentally sustainable development along the Pike.