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Mayor and Council

Sarah Miller Rev. Jane E. Wood

Jim Wasilak, Staff Liaison Cynthia Walters, Deputy City Attorney Eliot Schaefer, Assistant City Attorney

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Consent Agenda

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Final Record Plat PLT2020-00584 - to Combine Part Lot 3 and Lot 4, Block 5 of the Roxboro Subdivision into One Record Lot in the R-60 Zone at 101 Aberdeen Road; Maddox Engineering and Surveyors, Applicant.

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Work Session

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Work Session 5: Comprehensive Plan: Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing

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Commission Items

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Staff Liaison Report

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Old Business

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Planning Commission September 11, 2019

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New Business

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Minutes Approval

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FYI/Correspondence

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Adjourn

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Planning Commission September 11, 2019

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HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR STAKEHOLDERS AND APPLICANTS

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GENERAL ORDER OF SESSION FOR DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS 1. Staff presentation 2. City Board or Commission comment 3. Applicant presentation (10 min.) 4. Public comment (3 min, or 5 min for the representative of an association) 5. Planning Commission Discussion and Deliberation 6. Decision or recommendation by vote

The Commission may ask questions of any party at any time during the proceedings.
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PLANNING COMMISSION BROADCAST Watch LIVE on Comcast Cable Rockville Channel 11 and online at: www.rockvillemd.gov

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Replay on Comcast Cable Channel 11:

o Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (if no live meeting) o Sundays at 7:00 pm o Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
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Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 am (midnight)

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Video on Demand (within 48 hours of meeting) at: www.rockvillemd.gov/VideoOnDemand.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS For a complete list of all applications on file, visit: www.rockvillemd.gov/DevelopmentWatch.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RESOURCES Additional resources are available to anyone who would like more information about the

planning and development review process on the City s web site at: www.rockvillemd.gov/cpds. Maryland law and the Planning Commission's Rules of Procedure regarding ex parte (extra-record) communications require all discussion, review, and consideration of the Commission's business take place only during the Commission's consideration of the item at a scheduled meeting. Telephone calls and meetings with Commission members in advance of the meeting are not permitted. Written communications will be directed to appropriate staff members for response and included in briefing materials for all members of the Commission. Agenda Item : A Meeting Date: September 11, 2019 Responsible Staff: Nicole Walters

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SUBJECT: Final Record Plat PLT2020-00584 - to Combine Part Lot 3

and Lot 4, Block 5 of the Roxboro Subdivision into One Record Lot in the R-60 Zone at 101 Aberdeen Road; Maddox Engineering and Surveyors, Applicant. RECOMMENDATION (Include change in law or Policy if appropriate in this section): Staff recommends approval, based on compliance with the required criteria in Section 25.21.03 of the Zoning Ordinance for the recordation of an existing single unit detached dwelling residential lot. 1.A Packet Pg. 4 Overview
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Case: Final Record Plat Application PLT2020-00584

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Location: 101 Aberdeen Road, Rockville, MD 20852

Staff: Nicole Walters Planning and Development Services 240-314-8215 Nwalters@rockvillemd.gov
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Applicant: Magnus Caywood Maddox Engineering and Surveyors 3204 Tower Oaks Boulevard Rockville, MD 20852

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Filing Date: July 8, 2019

Executive Summary: The applicant proposes a resubdivision in order to combine part lot 3 and lot 4 in the Roxboro subdivision, into a single record lot of 11,909 square feet. 1.A Packet Pg. 5
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Site Description Master Plan Land Use:

Zoning District: R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Residential Zone Existing Use: Single Family Plat Area: 11,909 square feet (part lot 3 = 3,802 sq. ft.; Lot 4 = 8,107 sq. ft.) Subdivision: Roxboro Project Vicinity Surrounding Land Use and Zoning Zoning Planned Land Use Existing Use North R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Residential Zone Detached Residential, (High Density, Over 4 Units Per Acre) Single Unit Detached Residential East R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Residential Zone Detached Residential, (High Density, Over 4 Units Per Acre) Single Unit Detached Residential South R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Residential Zone Detached Residential, (High Density, Over 4 Units Per Acre) Single Unit Detached Residential West R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling, Residential Zone Detached Residential, (High Density, Over 4 Units Per Acre) Single Unit Detached Residential Previous Related Actions Variance Application VAR2019-00073, a request to allow a proposed addition to project into the rear yard and intersect with the existing accessory building. Approved by the Board of Appeals on March 7, 2019.

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Proposal The applicant, Maddox Engineering and Surveyors, on behalf of the homeowner, is requesting approval of a Final Record Plat to combine part of Lot 3 and Lot 4 of the Roxboro subdivision into one (1) single record lot that will be known as Lot 11. This property has existed in the same configuration since 1957, and therefore qualifies as a recordation of existing single unit detached residential lot , pursuant to Section 25.21.03 of the Zoning Ordinance. The property will continue to function as a property for a single family detached dwelling unit with the approval of this plat.

1.A Packet Pg. 6 Proposed Plat Property Description and Background The plat for this portion of the Roxboro subdivision was recorded in 1943. The subject property at 101 Aberdeen Road currently includes one-half of Lot 3 and Lot 4 within Block 5 of the subdivision. These properties were combined by deed in 1953. Information obtained from the Tax Assessors database indicates that the house was constructed in 1948. The property is zoned R-60, Single Unit Detached Dwelling Residential, and is a corner lot with frontage on Aberdeen Road and Brent Road. The Aberdeen Road frontage serves as the property s front yard and the Brent Road frontage serves as the functional side yard. Vehicular access to the site is via Aberdeen Road. The property is improved with a one-story detached dwelling with a basement. The property has a detached garage and open wooden front porch along most of the front facade. The lot appears to be relatively flat and has several mature trees and shrubs on the property. On March 7, 2019, the Board of Appeals granted a variance (VAR2019-00073) to allow for a proposed addition to project into the rear yard beyond the front building line of the existing 1.A Packet Pg. 7 accessory building (detached garage). As part of this variance approval, a condition required the consolidation of the lots before a building permit can be released, as setbacks are measured from the record lot lines. Original Subdivision Plat 1943
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Project Analysis Master Plan Recommendation

The Master Plan envisions Planning Area 4, the West End and Woodley Gardens East-West Neighborhood, as primarily a single-unit residential, medium-density neighborhood, with varied institutional uses within the neighborhood. Neither the 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan nor Subject Property 1.A Packet Pg. 8 the 1989 Neighborhood Plan provide any specific goals that affect this plat application. Infrastructure/ Adequate Public Facilities Standards (APFS) The plat represents no new development, and therefore there will be no impact on public facilities.

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Historic Resources The subject property does not contain any historic resources.

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Forest Conservation A one-lot subdivision does not require that forestry requirements be met at this time. If future development on the lot were to require compliance with the Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance, the requirement would need to be met prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.

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Zoning Ordinance Compliance Section 25.21.03.b of the Zoning Ordinance indicates that the Planning Commission must approve a plat that seeks to record an existing single unit detached dwelling property only when one or more of the following conditions are met and the plat has frontage as required in the zone or public access to a public street.

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The property being platted is a deeded lot that has existed in the same figuration since at least October 1957;

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The property being platted is: (a) a multiple-lot property that is required a minimum of two (2) lots for development

at the time the substandard lots were created, (b) the property has been under common ownership since at least October 1957, and (c) the plat seeks to consolidate the lots into a single record lot;
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The property being platted is a multiple-lot property that contains an existing house that straddles the common lot line and the plat seeks to consolidate the property into a single record lot.

The subject property has existed in the same configuration and under common ownership since at least October 1957, having been combined by deed in 1953. The plat seeks to consolidate the lots into a single record lot and the property being platted is a multiple-lot property that contains an existing house that straddles the common lot line, and the plat seeks to consolidate the property into a single record lot. The property exceeds the minimum frontage required in the zone and has public access to a public street. The subject plat application therefore meets all of the criteria for recording an existing residential property, per Sec. 25.21.03 of the Zoning Ordinance.
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Community Outreach Public Notification of the Final Record Plat was provided pursuant to the requirements of Section 25.21.11.d ( Notice ). Mailed notification was provided by the applicant to all residents

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and property owners within the required 750-foot radius. Per Section 25.21.11 all interested parties are given 15 days from the date of the letter (8-22-19) to provide comments. Additionally, mailed notification was made to the West End Citizens Association, the Rose Hill Falls Community Association, the Rose Hill Homeowners Association, and the Thirty Oaks Homeowners Association. No posting of signs on the property is required. At the time the staff report was prepared (September 3, 2019), no written or verbal public comments have been received regarding this application.

Recommendation Based on the above, staff finds that the Final Record Plat meets the required criteria the Commission needs in order to approve the plat as the recordation of an existing single unit detached dwelling residential lot. Staff recommends approval of Final Record Plat PLT2020- 00584, based on analysis indicated and subject to the listed conditions. Conditions Approval is recommended subject to the following conditions:

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The applicant has addressed staff comments, however, the plat should be revised to make modifications/additions, as identified by the Planning Commission.

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That the Final Record Plat be submitted in an appropriate electronic format as specified in Section 25.21.1.0d of the City of Rockville Zoning Ordinance.

1.A Packet Pg. 10 Attachments Attachment 1.A.a: Applicant Submission materials 1.A Packet Pg. 11 1.A Packet Pg. 12 1.A Packet Pg. 13 1.A Packet Pg. 14

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ec or da tio n o f E xis tin g L ot ) Agenda Item : A Meeting Date: September 11, 2019 Responsible Staff: Andrea Gilles

SUBJECT: Work Session 5: Comprehensive Plan: Draft for Planning

Commission Public Hearing RECOMMENDATION (Include change in law or Policy if appropriate in this section): Hold a work session to discuss public testimony received on the Environment and Water Resources Elements of the Comprehensive Plan: Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing. 2.A Packet Pg. 19
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Planning Commission Staff Report

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MEETING DATE: September 11, 2019

REPORT DATE: September 4, 2019

RESPONSIBLE STAFF: Andrea Gilles, AICP, Principal Planner Long Range Planning 240.314.8273 agilles@rockvillemd.gov
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SUBJECT: Work Session on the Environment and Water Resources Elements of the Draft

Comprehensive Plan
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BACKGROUND: Actions to Date The Comprehensive Plan: Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearing was released in March 2019. Following the public hearings, which were held in May and early June, the Planning Commission scheduled work sessions to review testimony with staff.

The Planning Commission closed the public record for written testimony on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Written testimony received by the Planning Commission and transcripts from the public hearings are available on the project Web site at: www.rockvillemd.gov/203/Rockville-2040-Comprehensive-Plan- Update. All testimony and the transcripts were provided to the Planning Commission as part of the staff report for the June 26 work session on the Comprehensive Plan, beginning on P. 137 of the packet. Consistent with the request by the Planning Commission at the June 26 work session, only 2.A Packet Pg. 20 the testimony related to the elements to be discussed at this work session are attached with this staff report. The first work session, held on June 26, discussed the Plan Introduction and the Community Facilities, Economic Development, and Municipal Growth elements. The second work session, on July 10, covered the Housing, Historic Preservation, and Recreation Parks elements. The third and fourth work sessions, on July 24 and August 7, focused on the Land Use element. During each meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed testimony submitted and instructed staff to make changes to the Draft Plan based on the discussion.

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Summary of Draft Plan Contents The Draft Plan constitutes the first major portion of the proposed update to the existing Comprehensive Master Plan, which was adopted by the Mayor and Council of Rockville on November 12, 2002 and amended through the adoption of subsequent functional and neighborhood plans (e.g., Twinbrook, East Rockville, Bikeways Master Plan, Municipal Growth Element, etc.).

This first portion of the Draft Plan contains an Introduction chapter and ten Elements, which are citywide topic areas. The second portion of the plan has not yet been completed or released. It will cover the planning areas, which are closer looks at geographic subareas of the city. The draft of the planning areas portion will be presented to the Planning Commission this fall, for its review, adjustments, and release for public testimony.
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DISCUSSION: This staff report presents testimony received (Attachment A) on the Environment Element and the Water Resources Element (WRE) of the Draft Plan, along with staff responses on each item (Attachment B), for the Planning Commission to consider. Please note that some of the testimony in Attachment A covers multiple topics, including the Environment and/or Water Resources, and therefore was provided for review in prior work sessions.

During the work session for this agenda item, staff will highlight key issues for discussion rather than presenting every issue for which testimony was received. Similarly, this staff report focuses on the testimony that staff believes warrants further discussion and decision by the Planning Commission. Testimony with minor edits, general remarks, or that which staff believes goes beyond the scope of the Comprehensive Plan is left to the attached summary matrix (Attachment B) for reference. However, Commissioners should feel free to bring up for discussion any testimony or topics related to the elements. Staff requests direction from the Planning Commission on any revisions the Commission wishes to make to these elements, after reviewing the testimony. KEY TESTIMONY ON THE ENVIRONMENT ELEMENT 2.A Packet Pg. 21

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To organize the testimony received on the draft Environment Element, staff has grouped the testimony by topic areas/element goals rather than by the individual or agency submitting the testimony.

Climate Change State of Maryland (Exhibit 11)
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Testimony: The Maryland Department of Planning states that the city could build upon its discussion of climate change adaptation by adding an action under Policy 5 for the city to work with the county health department and the county office of emergency management to identify, develop and obtain funding for projects and programs that would reduce current and future climate change impacts to the city's vulnerable natural resources, infrastructure, buildings and populations. (Exhibit 11, pg. 8)

Staff Response: Pg. 130, Policy 5: Staff agrees and recommends adding Action 5.8, to say work with the Montgomery County health department and office of emergency management to identify, develop and obtain funding for projects and programs that would reduce the impacts of current and future climate change to the city s vulnerable natural resources, infrastructure, buildings and populations.
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Staff also recommends clarifying the text for the overall Policy. Staff suggests clarifying that Policy 5 is more focused on responding to the impacts of climate change, rather than attempting to reduce climate change, which is more the focus of Policies 2, 3, and 4. Staff suggests the following text refinement for Policy 5: Assess Rockville s climate- related risks and identify actions to reduce vulnerability and enhance local adaptation and resiliency capacity.

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Rockville Environment Commission (REC), (Exhibit 31)

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Testimony: Comment 29. Policy 3, pg. 128. Include the idea of promoting awareness of energy conservation along with energy efficiency and use of renewable energy among the city's population.

Staff Response: Staff agrees and suggests that language be added to Action 3.3 (pg. 128) to read: Work with and educate property owners, tenants and contractors to make buildings more energy efficient in regard to heating, cooling, lighting, refrigeration, computing, and other equipment systems. (added language underlined)
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Testimony: Comment 51. Policy 3, Action 3.1, pg. 128. Add second sentence to Action 3.1: All construction at city facilities will meet LEED, Energy Star, or similar certification standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Staff Response: City buildings are currently subject to the Green Building Code. The proposed action would require Mayor and Council direction to ensure program resources and capital funding. Similar language to what is recommended could be 2.A Packet Pg. 22 added to Action 3.1, pg. 128, such as: Work toward meeting LEED, Energy Star, or similar certification standards for energy efficiency and sustainability for city buildings. Rockville (Twinbrook) Resident, (Exhibit 36) Testimony: Pages 139-143 include statistics on the tree canopy in Rockville. Given the goals to preserve and enhance vegetation in the city and the fact that Rockville is a Tree City USA , the plan should include not only estimates of Rockville's carbon emissions, but also estimates of how much carbon is sequestered in Rockville's city trees and natural areas, and in residential areas.
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Staff Response: Staff believes that the estimates of carbon sequestration are beyond the scope of the Comprehensive Plan; however, compilation of such data may be incorporated into a future staff work program. The Environment Trends report (the existing conditions report that was prepared prior to the Draft Plan, and can be accessed at: www.rockvillemd.gov/2174/Topical-Trends-Reports) includes a section on Forests and Tree Canopy and a summary of programs and initiatives, statistics, and maps. Furthermore, although there are many environmental and social benefits to urban greenery, studies and methodology are still evolving to estimate carbon sequestration capacity and effectiveness. More research is needed on the cumulative effects of trees, soils and their management in urban areas when compared to the magnitude of emissions generated by urban transportation and buildings.

Sustainable Design with Green and Healthy Buildings Rockville Environment Commission (REC), (Exhibit 31) Testimony: Comments 36 and 37 from the REC both recommend changes to action items for Policy 6 on page 133. The first recommends editing Action 6.4 to include language about bringing energy performance of existing buildings to perform in top 25 nationwide, either through ENERGY STAR certification or an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) better than the national median (CBECS). The second comment recommends a new action item that would read: AII new residential construction will be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2025. All new commercial construction will be ZNE by 2030. 50 of commercial buildings will be retrofit to ZNE by 2030. 50 of new major renovations of city buildings will be ZNE by 2025. Staff Response: In general, these topics are addressed in Action items 3.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3. The level of detail suggested by the testimony is beyond the scope of the Comprehensive Plan; however, staff may work with Mayor and Council as part of a future work program initiative to establish benchmarks toward meeting these, or similar goals. A move toward requiring these specific measures would necessitate direction and financial resources from the Mayor and Council to meet such mandates, and there are cost and programmatic implications associated with their requirements.

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Urban Forests and Wildlife Habitat

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Rockville Environment Commission (REC), (Exhibit 31) Testimony: Comment 44 recommends adding a new action to Policy 9 on page 139 to read: Increase forest easement acquisition efforts.

Staff Response: Action items 12.1 and 12.2 address this issue on page 143. Staff suggests that action item 12.1 be moved under Policy 9, rather than Policy 12. REC (Exhibit 31) and Rockville (Twinbrook) Resident, (Exhibit 36) Testimony: There were several comments about Policy 11 and Action 11.1 on pages 141 and 143. The REC (Exhibit 31) recommended calling out the use of green building features in 11.1 as well as including a cross-reference to other parts of the chapter that address green building (Goal 3). As part of Exhibit 36, it is suggested that to better balance between environmental goods [as stated currently in the plan, pg. 141, last sentence] in intense urban growth areas, the plan could include a goal to explore opportunities to create green spaces by requiring combinations of solar panels and types of vegetation compatible with dense development, such as green rooftops, terraces with planters, and green walls within and outside of the buildings.

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Staff Response: Staff recommends including examples of green building features to Action 11.1 (pg. 143) by adding the underlined text: Revise the Forest and Tree Preservation Ordinance to consider context, to find a balance between the number of required trees and city objectives for stormwater management, solar or renewable energy, improved air quality through the reduction of vehicle miles traveled, green building features such as green rooftops, green walls, solar panels, and other important environmental goals. In addition, a cross-reference to Goal 3 (pg. 133), Sustainable Design with Green and Healthy Buildings could be added to this Policy.

KEY TESTIMONY ON THE WATER RESOURCES ELEMENT (WRE) As with the testimony for the Environment Element, this section includes only the issues from the testimony that staff believes need further discussion with the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission may also choose any item of testimony included in the matrix (Attachment B), but not highlighted in this staff report, to discuss further. For all testimony received on the WRE, please see Attachments A and B. Growth Tiers State of Maryland (Exhibit 11)

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Testimony: The state provided several comments suggesting improvements to the Sewer Growth Tier map (Figure 25 on pg. 159) to ensure that the city s growth tiers are consistent with Montgomery County and that the city s intentions for extending sewer service to unserved areas are clear. The city s proposed map would be an amendment from the previous Sewer Growth Tiers map adopted in the 2010 WRE, reflecting the city's proposed expanded Maximum Expansion Limit (MEL) (pg. 224). The State provided several suggestions for refinements (testimony Exhibit 11, pg. 9 of 12) to the Growth

2.A Packet Pg. 24 Tiers text and map as well as a request to submit the city s final Sewer Growth Tier map for State review in accordance with state law.
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Staff Response: Establishing areas planned for public sewer service that currently are unserved is a significant policy decision as it involves costly infrastructure investments and has implications for the operation and maintenance of the existing Rockville sewer system, as well as for impacts on environmental and public health. Staff from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Development Services met internally, as well as with representatives from Montgomery County, to work through each of the State's comments. Staff recommends the following for the Planning Commission s consideration:

Within the Water Resources Element, reiterate language from the Municipal Growth Element (MGE), stating a priority for annexation of properties that are likely to be fiscally beneficial to the city and where adequate public facilities (e.g., sewer service) can be provided. This language could be duplicated text or a shorter cross-reference to the MGE. Reiterate language from the MGE (pg. 231, Policy 8, 1st paragraph) explaining the circumstances and conditions that the city would consider extending new public sewer services, whether or not a property has been annexed into the city or is within the Rockville or Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) service area.
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Include definitions and expectations in the Draft Plan for each of the Sewer Growth Tiers (i.e., Tier I, Tier IIA, Tier IIB) as follows: - Tier I - Rockville: Currently served by sewer that is owned and maintained by

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the City of Rockville. - Tier I - WSSC: Currently served by sewer that is owned and maintained by WSSC. - Tier IIA - Rockville: Municipal Growth Area; not yet in the City sewerage plan.

The area is within Rockville s MEL and adjacent to Rockville s sewer service area. The City of Rockville plans to provide sewer service to these properties if the property is annexed into the City limits. The property owner generally assumes all costs to extend the public system(s) to provide service to the lot, including design, easements and construction.

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- Tier IIA - WSSC: Municipal Growth Area; not yet in the County sewer plan. The area is within Rockville s MEL and within WSSC s sewer service area. Montgomery County s sewer service category for these properties is S-1.

- Tier IIB: Property not currently served by a public sewer system that the city may consider for service on a case-by-case basis. Property may be served by the City of Rockville or WSSC. The property owner generally assumes all costs to extend the public system(s) to provide service to the lot, including design, easements and construction. 2.A Packet Pg. 25 Revise the Sewer Growth Tier map (Figure 25 on pg. 159) to show which areas within the city s MEL are planned for new city sewer service, should properties within those areas annex into the city, versus those areas in the MEL for which there is no current plan to provide service, but for which the city would consider extending new sewer service under certain circumstances. The proposed map (Figure 1 of this report) would replace the draft Water Resources Element s Figure 25. (The map is also included as Attachment C.) Figure 1: Sewer Growth Tiers by Service Area Land Use - Impervious Surface Analysis State of Maryland (Exhibit 11)

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Testimony: The State noted that the WRE does not directly address the statutory requirement to, identify suitable receiving waters and land areas to meet the storm

2.A Packet Pg. 26
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water management and wastewater treatment and disposal needs of existing and future development proposed in the land use element of the plan. ( 3-106. (a)(2) of the Land Use Article). They say that the WRE should discuss this issue. State guidance to address this requirement is for jurisdictions to complete an analysis of more than one land use plan option, focused on forecasted impervious cover changes and forest cover changes by watershed resulting from implementation of different land use plan options. Based on that analysis, the state says, the WRE could discuss which land use plan option would be least impactful to receiving waters.

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Staff Response: Staff believes that the State requirement has been fulfilled. As stated in the Land Use and Urban Design Element of the Plan, the city is largely built out, with few remaining large tracts of developable land other than three golf courses. Redevelopment in Rockville is already subject to forest conservation, stormwater management, and sewer regulations that serve to protect water quality and preserve impervious surfaces. Therefore, any redevelopment activity would include more protective stormwater management facilities than was required for development that took place in the past. It may also require maintenance or capacity increases to the sewer system and, in rare instances, require removal of septic tanks. All of these changes will result in positive impacts to receiving waters.

The Comprehensive Plan does not identify the three golf courses as areas for potential future growth, except for a portion of Woodmont Country Club that was previously approved in the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, and does not provide a detailed plan for this growth. Any changes to the current land use of these golf courses would require a future concept plan that would result in an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan; and any potential impacts to receiving waters due to the specific land use plans explored would be investigated through the plan amendment process.

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Stormwater Treatment Rockville Environment Commission (REC), (Exhibit 31)

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Testimony: The REC pointed out that the action items under Policy 13 (p. 169) only reference pesticides, herbicides, etc. in backyards and green-covered spaces, not paved surfaces. They request a new Action 13.4 to: Increase public awareness of and alternatives for harmful snow-melt compounds on residential and commercial property paved surfaces. With dramatically changing temperature and precipitation patterns over winters in the Mid-Atlantic area it would be productive to engage/remind the public to use less harmful and more Baysafe products.

Staff Response: Action 12.3 on pg. 167 includes a broader list of pollutants, including road salts, that warrant identification and mitigation to improve water quality. To more directly address the testimony, staff suggests that road salts be modified to read, road salts and snow-melt compounds, and make clear that this action addresses both landscaped and paved surfaces. 2.A Packet Pg. 27
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Additionally, instead of adding a new action 13.4, Action 13.2 could be reworded and replaced with the following text: Increase public awareness to improve water quality by reducing fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and snow melt compounds and using Bay- friendly alternatives.

Water Supply In addition to public testimony, staff from Public Works recommends that current Policy 7 on page 156, Seek approval from Maryland Department of Environment to allow periodic discharges from the water treatment plant to the Potomac River, be moved under Policy 5 on pages 154-155 as a new action item. The relevant text under existing Policy 7 would also be incorporated into the introductory text under Policy 5.

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Typographical Edits and Clarifications A few exhibits point out typographical, numerical, or word choice errors. Staff will correct these as noted and will make any minor text edits or clarifications found while incorporating revisions to the draft plan as directed by the Planning Commission.

PUBLIC OUTREACH: After the Draft Plan was released on March 14, 2019, staff initiated a public information program to educate the Rockville community about the Draft Plan contents and seek public input. The Comprehensive Plan: Draft for Planning Commission Public Hearings was posted on the city s Web site, at the following: www.rockvillemd.gov/203/Rockville-2040-Comprehensive-Plan-Update. It was sent to the State Clearinghouse within the Maryland Department of Planning, relevant public agencies, and adjoining jurisdictions. Additionally, staff held two informational meetings, prior to the Planning Commission s public hearings, to assist the public in understanding both the Draft Plan and the methods by which written and oral testimony could be provided. Staff also offered to visit with any community, business, and other organizations, including City Boards and Commissions, that wished to receive a presentation on the Draft Plan and how to provide testimony. Overall, staff visited with many and has made many informational presentations on the Draft Plan since its release for public comment.

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In addition, staff worked with the city s Public Information and Community Engagement office to provide information through Rockville Reports, Rockville 11, social media, and listserv emails to provide information on the Draft Plan content, public hearing dates, methods to provide testimony, and to keep the public updated on the process.

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At a broader level, the Draft Plan is the result of extensive community input that was gathered over a multi-year period, and continues to the present, in a process known as Rockville 2040. That process is summarized in the Introduction chapter of the Draft Plan, meeting dates, results, and materials can be found on the Rockville 2040: Meeting Results and Materials webpage at: https://www.rockvillemd.gov/1757/Community-Meeting-Results.

2.A Packet Pg. 28 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS: City boards and commissions participated in many of the public meetings held during the Rockville 2040 process; and city staff have attended various meetings of boards, commissions and other organizations (e.g. Rockville Environment Commission, Rockville Economic Development, Inc., Rockville Housing Enterprises, etc.) to obtain their input. The Planning Commission may choose to include boards and commissions in work sessions, on various topic areas. NEXT STEPS: The next work session on the Draft Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for September 25, 2019 to discuss testimony on the Transportation Element and a final review of the Plan s Vision and Principles on pages 1 and 2 of the Introduction. Attachments Attachment 2.A.a: Testimony Full - Water Environment (PDF) Attachment 2.A.b: Testimony Summary Matrix - Water Environment (PDF) Attachment 2.A.c: Proposed Amended Sewer Growth Tiers Map (PDF) 2.A Packet Pg. 29

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IPJLANNING May 14, 2019

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Ms. Gail Sherman, Chair City of Rockville Planning Commission cf o Long Range Planning, CPDS 111 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850

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Dear Ms. Sherman,

Larry Hogan, Governor Boyd Rutherford, Lt. Governor

Robert S. McCord, Secretary

Sandy Schrader, Deputy Secretary

Thank you for forwarding the draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update. We appreciate your participation in the plan review process.

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) feels that good planning is important for efficient and responsible development that adequately addresses resource protection, adequate public facilities, community character, and economic development. Keep in mind that Planning's attached review comments reflect the agency's thoughts on ways to strengthen the City's plan update as well as satisfy the requirements of the State Land Use Article. The Department forwarded a copy of the 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update to State agencies for review including, the Maryland Historic Trust and the Departments of Transportation, Environment, Natural Resources, Commerce, Housing and Community Development, and Agriculture. To date, we have received comments from the Maryland Historic Trust and the Departments of Housing and Community Development, Commerce, and Environment; these comments have been included with this letter. Any plan review comments received after the date of this letter will be forwarded upon receipt. Planning respectfully requests that this letter and accompanying review comments be made part the of City's public hearing record. Furthermore, Planning also asks that the City consider our comments as revisions are made to the draft Plan amendment, and to any future plans, ordinances, and policy documents that are developed. Please feel free to contact me at ( 410) 767-1401 or Joseph Griffiths, Local Assistance Training Manager, at (410) 767-4553.

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Cc: Ricky Barber, Director of Community Planning and Development Services, City of Rockville David Levy, Chief ofLong Range Planning, City ofRockville Pat Keller, Assistant Secretary for Planning Services Joseph Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Maryland Department of Planning 301 West Preston Street, Suite 1101 Baltimore Maryland 21201 Tel: 410.767.4500 Toll Free: 1.877.767.6272 TTY users: Maryland Relay Planning.Maryland.gov 2.A.a Packet Pg. 30 A tta ch m
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May 14,2019 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has reviewed the draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update (Update) and offers the following comments for your consideration. These comments are offered as suggestions to improve the draft Update and better address the statutory requirements of the Land Use Article. Other state agencies, as noted, have contributed comments. Still others may have comments submitted under separate cover. If comments from other agencies are subsequently received by Planning, they will be forwarded to the city in a timely manner.
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Summary of Draft Comprehensive Master Plan Update: This is a complete update to the 2002 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan. This draft Update addresses the major planning issues facing the existing corporate boundaries of the city and details out the growth challenges and opportunities for the city's identified maximum extension limit (MEL) areas.

The organizational structure of the Update is similar to the 2002 Master Plan, with the exception of a few chapters, such as the issues raised in the Urban Growth, Community Appearance and Design, and Residential Neighborhood Planning Areas, have been moved into the Municipal Growth and the Land Use and Urban Design chapters. It should be noted the draft Update does not appear to provide for a logical placement or discussion of neighborhood planning areas or the adopted neighborhood plans, which were a large part of chapters 11 and 12 of the 2002 Master Plan.
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Even though the City of Rockville has not completed a full update of its comprehensive plan in 17 years, the city has routinely evaluated and updated its master plan over the years. The most recent plan amendment, the North Stonestreet Avenue Neighborhood, was completed in 2018. Before that, the city adopted the 2017 Bikeway Master Plan and the 2016 Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan, all of which have been incorporated in some fashion into this draft Update. The draft 2040 Plan also incorporates updates of the adopted 2010 Municipal Growth Element and the 2010 Water Resources Element, which were mandated by the Maryland General Assembly in 2006 under HB 1141. The Updated Master Plan additionally includes an updated Growth Tier Map, which was required under the Sustainable Growth Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.

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Minimum State Law Requirements for Non-Charter Counties/Municipalities] Maryland's Land Use Article sets forth the required components of a local comprehensive plan but does not mandate a specific format. As such, local governments have addressed these required elements in a manner that fits the needs of their community and the resources available to respond to the issues explored during the planning process. The following checklist (Table I) summarizes an assessment as to whether each required local plan element is addressed in the draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update.

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Checklist of Maryland Code (Land Use Article) requirements for local comprehensive plans in Ma land

Draft2040 MD Code Additional MD Code City of Rockville State Comprehensive Plan Requirements Reference Reference Comprehensive Master Plan Update Plan Pa ?e references (I) A comprehensive plan for a non-charter LU. 3-102(a county or municipality MUST include: (a) a community facilities element LU. 3- L.U. 3-108--Communit Pgs. 111-121 1021.;ii1 \/j\ facilities element. (b) an area of critical State concern element LU. 3- L.U. 3-109 -- Areas of critical NIA 1021 1\'ii' State concern element ( c) a goals and objectives element LU. 3- LU. 3-110--Goals and Throughout the Plan, I 02r8v J Viii' ob;ectives element startin ? on Pa e 18. (d) a land use element LU. 3- L.U. 3-111 --Landuse 102ra\fJ\riv1 element Pgs. 15-53 (e) a development regulations element Ll/. 3- L.U. 3-103 --Develonment Throughout the Plan, 102';;r1''v\ re ulations element startin11 on Pa11e 22 (t) a sensitive areas element L.ll. 3- L.U. 3-104 -- Sensitive areas l 02'a\fJVvi1 clement Pgs. 123-143 (g) a transportation element LU. 3- L.U. 3-105-_-Transgortation Pgs. 55-87 1 02/ ,;ii jilvjj\ element (h) a water resources element L.\l. 3- L.U. 3-106 -- Water resources 102';;r1--;1viii\ element Pgs. 145-171 (i) a mineral resources element, IF current L.U. 3-102(a)(2 L.U. 3-107-- Mineral ... eoJo.-.ica\ information is available resources element NIA (j) for municipalities only, a municipal growth L.U. 3-102(a) 3) L.U. 3-112 -- MuniciQal element m-o\\th element Pgs. 221-235 (k) for counties only iflocated on tidal waters, a LU. 3-102(a) 4) L.U. 3-113 -- Fisheries fisheries element element NIA
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Optional: (2) A comprehensive plan for a non-charter Recreation Parks -

county or municipality MAY include: (a) a Pgs. 89-109; community renewal element; (b) a Econ. Dev - conservation element; (c) a flood control Pgs. 173-203 element (d) a housing element; (e) a natural LU. 3-102(b) LU. 3-l02(b)(2 i) Housing-resources element; (f) a pollution control element; (g) information concerning the Pgs. 187-203

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general location and extent of public utilities; Historic Preservation- and (h) a priority preservation area (PPA) Pgs. 205-219 element

(3) Visions -- A local jurisdiction SHALL Pg. 7, plus vision L. U. 1-20 I -- The 12 Planning statement at the through the comprehensive plan implement the LU. 3- 201(c) Visions beginning of each 12 planning visions established in L.U. 1-201 chanter Optional: (4) Growth Tiers -- If the local jurisdictions has adopted growth tiers in accordance with L.U. 1- LU. 1-509 Pg. 159 502, the growth tiers must be incorporated into the iurisdiction's comnrehensive nlan As shown in the above checklist, the draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update includes the required elements as identified in 3-102 of the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. The Mineral Resources and Fisheries Elements are not applicable to Rockville's land uses and community needs. It should be acknowledged the area of critical State concern element is a statutory comprehensive plan requirement that is being addressed as part of the Planning's revision of the State Development Plan: A Better Maryland. Currently, Planning does not have specific guidance to local jurisdictions on what should be considered areas of critical state concern. However, with A Better Maryland, Planning will develop guidance on how state agencies can assist local governments on those Page 2 of 12 2.A.a Packet Pg. 32 A tta ch m
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areas of critical state concern applicable to or of interest in their community. If you have not reviewed the draft A Better Afan,fand document, please visit the A Better Maryland website and review the document. We are accepting comments on the draft State Development Plan until May 17.

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General Comments The following is a series of general plan comments the City of Rockville Planning Commission may want to consider addressing:

The draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update is well organized using a traditional element/topical approach. This makes it easy for the reader to focus attention on specific policies and action statements that are intended to address the desired vision. From this perspective, the draft Update also enables city planning staff, planning commissioners and elected official to logically work through a list of actionable items related to the topic.
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However, using this approach, there is no sense of priority about which action items need to be addressed first, or if there is a relationship between actions in one chapter with those in another. Consider adding an implementation chapter that provides direction on which actions should occur first. The city may want to include a time estimate of when the action would be started, which could help frame public expectations.

Vision statements for each chapter present an informative perspective of the city's future. It would be interesting to see all of these together as part of an Executive Summary of the comprehensive plan. The City of Rockville has a long history of conducting neighborhood plans to supplement the city's comprehensive master plan. The Introductory Chapter provides a declarative statement on page 2 on the status of the draft Update relative to other neighborhood plans, This document is the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Rockville. It supersedes the last overall plan, which was the 2002 Comprehensive Master Plan. It incorporates some previously approved neighborhood plans and supersedes others, as detailed in the Planning Areas section of the plan. But, it is unclear which portions of the approved neighborhood plans are incorporated and what parts are superseded. With the adoption of the Update, will all adopted neighborhood plans be repealed and no longer be used as reference in decision-making, or will parts of the neighborhood plans serve as a policy guide? Additionally, it is unclear where the Planning Areas section of the draft Update is located as referenced on page 2. There appears to be no titled Planning Areas section in the draft plan. It should be noted that the third paragraph on page 3 (immediately above the Purpose Section) and the adjacent text box provide some of the needed organizational structure of the plan, defining the relationship of the neighborhood plans with the Comprehensive Master Plan. Furthermore, the draft Update has three references to a Planning Areas section of the document, but it is unclear where that section is. It is assumed the Planning Area section starts on page 21, but it is not apparent. The structure of the plan and its relationship to the neighborhood plans and the planning areas could benefit from a section that provides more details on the relationship of the neighborhood Page 3 of 12 2.A.a Packet Pg. 33 A tta ch m
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plans to the Master Plan, and describes how subsequent neighborhood plan updates would be incorporated into the master plan. Will the neighborhood plans be considered separate studies and not be incorporated into the adopted Master Plan? For example, on page 95 in the Recreation and Parks Chapter, there is a reference to the Rockville Pike Neighborhood Plan as part of the comprehensive plan. However, the relationship of the Master Plan with the associated neighborhood plan is not as clear as it could be, and it is recommended more details on relationship between the neighborhood plans and master plan be added to the draft Update.

The Summary of Community Input included in each of the chapters sends a strong message to the citizens of Rockville that their public participation in the planning process is heard and makes a difference. Detailed Element Review Comments The following is a series of detailed comments on each chapter of the draft 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update that the City of Rockville Planning Commission may want to consider addressing:
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Introduction Chapter Second paragraph under the Purpose Section (page 3), it is recommended the statutory reference

should be changed to Title I of the Land Use Article, Code of Maryland, in the sentence The power to regulate land use is granted by the state in exchange for compliance with Chapter 426 of the Code of Maryland (known as the Land Use Article ), which governs land use matters in municipalities.
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See page I 0, table City of Rockville Population, Household, and Employment Growth Projections. Please verify the population projection for 2020. The figure does not seem to match what is reported in MWCOG Round 9.1: 72,200. The draft Update shows a projection of72,300.

See page 12, first paragraph, under sub-section Income, Education, and Poverty. Please verify the median household income values shown for the U.S. and Maryland. The 2013-2017 ACS 5- year estimate for the U.S. (Table Bl 9013) is 57,652 not the 60,336 as shown in the draft Update. For Maryland, according to ACS, it is 78,916 not the 80,776 shown in draft Update. See page 13. Please correct the source shown for the two Tables. There seems to be a typographical error: instead of 2013-2017 ACS 5-year estimate, 2011-2015 is shown. Planning's demographic analysis staff note a curiosity of why more recent data, from 201 I to 2017, were not included in the demographics section especially when describing population, race/ethnicity, and age characteristics. If you are interested in receiving technical assistance in this area, please contact your Regional Planning to coordinate assistance. Land Use Chapter Page 18: Please note that Figure 3 - Land Use Policy Map is on page 20 and not on page 14 as the draft Update noted.
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Page 19: The city may want to add condominium along with apartment buildings to describe multiple dwelling unit in RM, RF, RRM, ORRM, and RO. Only including apartment buildings may mislead readers to think only rental multiple unit buildings are allowed.

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Page 24: the draft Update in the last paragraph states, Mapping of the higher density zone would be limited to areas designated for Residential Multiple Unit (RM) use on the Land Use Policy Map. Based on the draft plan, other land use categories, such as RF, RRM, ORRM, and RO, also allow residential multiple units. It is not clear if the city would consider including RF, RRM, ORRM, and RO zoned areas in the new high-density residential zone mapping effort. The city may want to clarify this issue.

The city is conunended for recognizing the ongoing challenge ofregulating short-term rentals, like AirBNB (Page 27). Planning would welcome the opportunity to work with the city and other communities in Mary_land to study various approaches to regulating short-term rentals.
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Planning supports the city's commitment to promoting transit-oriented development (TOD) in Rockville Town Center to maximize ridership and investment in the Rockville station - Policy 8 on page 30. Planning has developed TOD planning tools, such as our Transit Station Area Profile Tool, that the city may want to investigate in helping promote economic development around the Rockville Station.

The city is to be conunended for its efforts to combat the historic separation of residential and nonresidential use, by promoting walkable community nodes where retail uses support the adjacent residential areas (page 39).
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Policy 24- Establish a floating zone specifically written to correspond with areas planned for Residential Attached on the Land Use Policy Map on page 51 is another great example of trying to incrementally increase infill development in the city. The city is to be conunended for this strategic effort to promote infill develop, yet retain the character of city's neighborhoods.

Planning's Geospatial Data and Analysis Unit (GDA) noted the Land Use and Urban Design chapter establishes a strategy to accommodate shifting demographics and economic trends as discussed on pages 9-13. Goals and needs discussed in the Land Use chapter are supported by the Land Use Policy map and a comprehensive set of reconunendations, including zoning code updates and flexible development regulations.
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Planning's GDA thanks Rockville's recognition of integrated land use and transportation planning which empathizes Transit Oriented Development and encourages walking, biking and transit.

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draft Update to address multimodal transportation and proactively promote transit, walking, biking and other alternative transportation. These policies and actions may serve as best planning practices for other jurisdictions in Maryland. Planning wants to remain engaged with the city's Planning Department to monitor the success of the city's implementation efforts in hopes of sharing your lessons learned with others.

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Planning is also pleased that the city actively integrates transportation and land use planning to improve community walkability at strategic locations and support compact and mixed-use development, including transit supportive development in the Rockville and Twinbrook Metro Station areas and along the planned MD 355 and MD 586 Bus Rapid Transit corridors. Improving community walkability and transit-friendly land use make alternative transportation (e.g., transit) viable and investment more cost-effective.

As a pioneer jurisdiction considering transit, bicycle and other alternative transportation in the adequate public facilities ordinance (APFO) review process, the city proposes to enhance the transportation APFO or the comprehensive transportation review regulation and procedure (page 66) to further address multimodal transportation needs for development projects in designated growth areas, particularly in TOD and other mixed-use compact development areas. Planning appreciates this city effort and believes it would provide a best practice for other jurisdictions considering reforming their APFOs to address multimodal transportation and encourage smart growth.

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Page 6l_Policy 3: Currently, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is conducting the 1-495 1-270 Managed Lanes Study, which would incorporate transit and transportation demand management (TOM) components to address the multimodal aspect of the project. Planning encourages the city to work with SHA to explore transit and TOM strategies that the SHA's project can address to help achieve the city's transportation goals.

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Planning recommends the city reconsider the value of strategically studying neighborhood connections to improve accessibility by its residents, even though it may facilitate some cut through traffic (pages 61-63). Most of that cut through traffic will be from surrounding neighborhood residents, and this approach reduces the congestion on major roads and indirectly helps to make roads friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.

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Page 64-65: Planning staff suggests the draft Update include language regarding pedestrian and bicycle access consideration in Policy 7 and Policy 8 and the associated actions on page 65.

Page 84-85 _Policy 19: We are glad to note that the city addresses new and emerging transportation technologies and practices in the draft plan. Although there are many uncertainties regarding the effects of autonomous vehicles and how local governments can prepare for such new technologies, setting forth certain policy guidance may help the city to reduce potential adverse land use and environmental effects of autonomous vehicles. Perhaps, the city may want Page 6 of 12 2.A.a Packet Pg. 36 A tta ch m

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to include an action to explore policy guidance on accommodating and encouraging shared and electric autonomous vehicles in coordination with the state.

Page 86-87: As examples, Frederick City, the first jurisdiction in the State, developed and adopted Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Implementation Plan to help guide Frederick City's efforts in accommodating electric vehicles. Similarly, Howard County passed CB76-2018 requiring EV charging infrastructure at certain new residential construction projects. Planning appreciates that the city calls for providing incentives and relaxing parking requirements to encourage affordable housing near transit. The two metro stations and two planned Bus Rapid Transit lines through the city provide the city with a substantial opportunity to address the growing need for affordable and mixed-income housing near transit for low- to moderate-income residents and seniors as the aging cohort becomes bigger in the city. Increasing land values and housing costs, on the other hand, make building affordable and mixed-income housing a challenge in the city, especially in areas near metro stations. Affordable/mixed-income housing near transit provides various social-economic, transportation, and environmental benefits, but it requires diverse strategies and involvement with multiple stakeholders. Planning encourages the city to develop a plan to provide a comprehensive approach to guide the affordable and mixed income housing development effort. Some strategies that other jurisdictions have used include providing density bonuses, incentive tax policies, leveraging state and federal housing finance programs (such as Maryland's Multifamily Bond Program), ensuring long-term affordable units, supporting land banking, and prioritizing affordable housing subsidy near transit. Recreation and Parks Chapter Planning notes that the city has incorporated recreation and parks policies throughout the draft

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Update. For example, o Introduction

Two of the fourteen plan Principles listed in the Introduction pertain to parks, recreation, and resource conservation: Provide accessible parks, open spaces and communitycenters and Enhance its natural environment and sensitive environmental areas.

o Land Use and Urban Design Element Land Use Policy 25 (page 52) deals with three golf courses, the largest remaining open
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spaces in the city, with almost 800 acres in total. However, the policy emphasis ti.Its toward development of these sites rather than conservation/recreation.

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The goals and policies are good; in addition to more park land and good maintenance, they deal with accessibility, trail connections, resource conservation, innovative funding, programming to serve citizens with different requirements, etc. However, Planning suggests the Parks and Recreation Element could include a couple of sentences, in general terms, about the potential park and recreation values of the golf courses if they change use or ownership in the future.

The vision is displayed prominently at the start of the chapter: Vision: Rockville will continue to have a vibrant, beautiful, and easily-accessible park system with a wide variety of recreation facilities and programs, as this system is critical to supporting the health and well-being of the people of Rockville and its natural environment. Parks and recreation facilities will meet the needs and desires of Rockville's diverse users (page 89).

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It appears that Rockville's park and recreation needs are NOT covered by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Rockville publishes its own Parks, Recreation and Open

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Environment Chapter The City of Rockville draft comprehensive plan includes excellent information, policies and

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action items regarding climate change adaptation.

Policy 5 within the city's Environment Element, Assess risks and vulnerabilities in Rockville of climate change and identify actions to mitigate localized impacts , and the seven actions to implement this policy (pp. 130-131) should be very helpful for the city in preparing for climate change impacts. To build upon the city's discussion of climate change adaptation, the city might want to add an action under Policy 5 for the city to work with the county health department and the county office of emergency management to identify, develop and obtain funding for projects and programs that would reduce current and future climate change impacts to the city's vulnerable natural resources, infrastructure, buildings and populations. This could include identifying projects for inclusion in the next Montgomery County,hazard mitigation plan update. o It should be noted the city does include actions within the city's Water Resources Element (WRE) to prepare for climate change impacts to the city's water supply (p. 151) and water treatment facility (p. 155), as well as a separate policy (and multiple actions) to prepare for climate change impacts to the city's stormwater system (pp. 169-170). Water Resources Chapter The city's Water Resources Element (WRE) includes a water and sewer demand forecast for both residential and non-residential needs through 2040 (p. 14 7) and compares this to the availability of water supply, water treatment capacity, and sewer treatment capacity (in this case, the sewer capacity allocation provided by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission). However, as noted in comments below, closer coordination with the Montgomery County Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan appears warranted. Since the acronym WSSD is used several times, the first time it is used it should be referenced on page 147 - WSSC's service area, known as the Washington Suburban Sanitary District (WSSD), is set by the state. The draft Update proposes an amended Growth Tier map (Figure 25) (page 150), which reflects the plan's expanded municipal Maximum Expansion Limit (MEL). Once the comprehensive plan is adopted the City's Planning Department should submit the adopted Growth Tier map to Planning so a formal review of the Growth Tier map under Section 1-505 of the Land Use Article. Page 8 of 12 2.A.a Packet Pg. 38 A tta ch m
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The MEL now contains Tier III within portions of the Glen Hills area, which is also designated as Tier III by Montgomery County. Planning generally recommends that Page 159 include a definition for Tier III as it does for Tiers I and IIA. According to page 231, portions of Glen Hills have potentially problematic septic systems and may be considered for future sewer service under certain conditions. Keep in mind that the state law (Section 1-506 of the Land Use Article) does not provide for Tier III designations in municipal tier maps. Planning generally recommends that municipal tier maps not include Tier III areas. The City may want to consider identifying this areas as Tier IIA, if it anticipates this area will be annexed and eventually be served by public sewer.

o A portion of the proposed Tier IIA area along the southern edge of the existing municipal boundary near Scott Drive conflicts with areas designated as Tier III in Montgomery County's tier map. Planning generally recommends that the Town collaborate with the county to ensure that the county's adopted tier map reflects the Town's tier map designations. See Section 9-206(i) of the Environment Article for the method for resolving conflicting tier designations.
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The MEL now contains additional overlap with Gaithersburg's MEL between Shady Grove Road and 1-370. Rockville's proposed map appears consistent with Gaithersburg's map in this area. The towns are encouraged to continue collaborating on future Tier Map and MEL updates, perhaps as part of the proposed working arrangement with the City of Gaithersburg and Montgomery County regarding logical annexations (page 225).

The table on page 152 has an error: the 2040 net increase for the City of Rockville portion of water should be 1.151 not 1.5 I, and the total should be 5.628 not 5.268. Also, the city might want to list the 2040 maximum daily demand forecast on this table given that page 155 discusses this forecast; currently the table only lists the 2040 average daily demand forecast. The WRE identifies a possible deficiency in its water treatment capacity compared to the 2040 maximum daily demand forecast (p. 156) and puts forward a plan for how to address that deficiency. The City is to be commended for addressing its long-term potable water challenge, unfortunately too few other jurisdictions are willing to do this until it becomes a crisis. The WRE does not directly address the statutory requirement to identify suitable receiving waters and land areas to meet the storm water management and wastewater treatment and disposal needs of existing and future development proposed in the land use element of the plan ( 3-106. (a)(2) of the Land Use Article). The WRE should discuss this issue. State guidance to address this requirement is for jurisdictions to complete an analysis of more than one land use plan option, focused on forecasted impervious cover changes and forest cover changes by Page 9 of 12 2.A.a Packet Pg. 39 A tta ch m
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watershed resulting from implementation of different land use plan options. Based on that analysis, the WRE could discuss which land use plan option would be least impactful to receiving waters.

As noted in Maryland Department of the Environment's attached comments: o Page 152: Table of Water Demand-The table's 2040 Avg. Daily Demand of7.49 MGD does not appear to correspond to the most recent County Plan, 2018-2027 Montgomery County Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan (Table 3-TJ4), which has the 2040 Avg. Daily Demand of 6.55 MGD. The city should work with the county to reconcile any differences.
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Page 158: Table of Wastewater Demand - The table's 2040 Avg. Daily Flow of 8.54 MGD does not appear to correspond to the most recent County Plan, 2018-2027 Montgomery County Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan (Table 4-TJ6), which has the 2040 Avg. Daily Demand of7.42 MGD. The city should work with the county to reconcile any differences.

Economic Development Chapter No comments Honsing Chapter Planning requests a copy of the Housing Market and Needs Assessment report from December 2016, if it is available (page 189). Planning will be developing a Housing Element Models Guideline document in the coming year to address recent legislation (HB 1045) passed in 2019, and this study may be helpful to other jurisdictions having to prepare a housing element.
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Planning's GOA staff noted the Housing chapter includes an excellent discussion of market trends and trends in government programs that affect housing affordability. The text is supported by comprehensive recommendations, such as accommodating demand for certain housing types, allowing accessory dwellings, and strengthening municipal housing programs.

The draft Update should include sources and text references for all Charts and Figures in the Housing Chapter (and elsewhere throughout the document). For example, pages 194-195 contain interesting information about the residential units built during different timeframes. However, it is unclear how this information was collected or how it relates to points made in the text. Nonetheless, Planning's GOA staff appreciates Rockville's support for seniors to continue to live within the community and projects that provide housing for people with disabilities. Historic Preservation Chapter Please see comments on attached letter from Maryland Historic Trust Municipal Growth Chapter The draft Update makes a strong case that expanding the municipal growth boundary provides the

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City with flexibility to annex land at little identifiable cost, since much of the proposed Municipal Expansion Limit (MEL) is already served by WSSC (page 225). Planning's GOA acknowledges that Rockville incorporates somewhat of a phased approach to annexation by identifying and actively targeting areas where conditions may make annexation most likely and beneficial (pages 222-223).

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based on the build-out capacity of the future land use plan within the current municipal boundary or the MEL. A capacity analysis would facilitate a better understanding of the land available for new development, especially redevelopment and infill, as well as a general understanding of public services and infrastructure needed to accommodate future growth. Planning is willing to assist the city if it would like to complete and include a development capacity analysis.

The draft Update identifies the challenge of creating enough parkland and other publicly accessible community spaces in redevelopment areas (pages 92-98). Rockville could note opportunities to provide open space or transition areas among the potential evaluation criteria for strategic annexations on page 223 (Municipal Growth Chapter).
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Suggested Technical Edits/Suggestions If Planning can be of assistance or facilitate assistance/ information from other State agencies as the

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City of Rockville finalizes the 2040 City of Rockville Comprehensive Master Plan Update or as the city begins to implement the plan, please contact Chuck Boyd, Director of Planning Coordination at 410-767-1401 or chuck.boyd@maryland.gov.

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General Comments 1. Any above ground or underground petroleum storage tanks, which may be utilized, must be installed and maintained in accordance with applicable State and federal laws and regulations. Underground storage tanks must be registered and the installation must be conducted and performed by a contractor certified to install underground storage tanks by the Land Management Administration in accordance with COMAR 26.10. Contact the Oil Control Program at (410) 537-3442 for additional information.
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If the proposed project involves demolition -Any above ground or underground petroleum storage tanks that may be on site must have contents and tanks along with any contamination removed. Please contact the Oil Control Program at (410) 537-3442 for additional information.

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Any solid waste including construction, demolition and land clearing debris, generated from the subject project, must be properly disposed of at a permitted solid waste acceptance facility, or recycled if possible. Contact the Solid Waste Program at (410) 537-3315 for additional information regarding solid waste activities and contact the Resource Management Program at (410) 537-3314 for additional information regarding recycling activities.

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The Waste Diversion and Utilization Program should be contacted directly at (410) 537-3314 by those facilities which generate or propose to generate or handle hazardous wastes to ensure these activities are being conducted in compliance with applicable State and federal laws and regulations. The Program should also be contacted prior to construction activities to ensure that the treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous wastes and low-level radioactive wastes at the facility will be conducted in compliance with applicable State and federal laws and regulations.

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The proposed project may involve rehabilitation, redevelopment, revitalization, or property acquisition of commercial, industrial property. Accordingly, MD E's Brownfields Site Assessment and Voluntary Cleanup Programs (VCP) may provide valuable assistance to you in this project. These programs involve environmental site assessment in accordance with accepted industry and financial institution standards for property transfer. For specific information about these programs and eligibility, please contact the Land Restoration Program at (410) 537-3437.

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Testimony on the Draft Rockville 2040 Master Plan for the Planning Commission Public Hearing

Kenneth Hoffman 1511 Auburn Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 Overall, the draft plan has had extensive and highly relevant input, with the draft capturing the vision, principles, and elements I would like to see enhanced in Rockville. Comments within this testimony attempts to address all ten elements under an overarching vision with goals that would build a more vibrant and self-sustaining community. Essentially, Rockville should continue its tradition of being a thriving city where a resident can live, work, and enjoy life, from childhood through the senior years, in Rockville. The greatest threat continues to be an increasing income disparity which decreases the percentage of the population that can comfortably live within the City gainfully employed in local jobs that would pay lower to upper middle-class incomes. For Montgomery County, a measure of income disparity, the Gini Coefficient, has steadily risen. In 1979, The Gini Coefficient was 0.3776; in 1989, 0.3985; in 1999, 0.4281; and in 2012-2016, 0.46. For comparison, within the 2012-2016 timeframe, the Gini coefficient for Canada is 0.34; for South Korea, 0.316; and the United States, 0.415. Increasing differentials between employment income and housing costs result in increased one directional commuting requirements where housing and work are increasing farther apart, with increasing traffic congestion and stressful commuting times. Residents have less opportunity to enjoy a quality of life that would be possible if housing and employment were within walking, bicycling, or very short driving distances.
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An implicit goal for the Masterplan should be to build a stronger middle-class base of economically secure Rockville residents. The average life expectancy of most all business is far less than the average life expectancy of a human. With tax paying, voting, Rockville citizens, the business of our government should be to build an economically secure and healthy community that new and current businesses will find attractive.

Within the Masterplan, there are several references enhancing an integrative community engagement with Montgomery College. Montgomery College is uniquely placed to provide the education and skills needed for a diversified workforce serving the range of businesses needed to sustain health, build infrastructure, and offer all residents, workforce skill certifications, post-secondary academic degrees, and lifelong continuing education. The College is also one of the largest erryployers in the local area. A more integrative relationship with the College should be attractive to new and current local businesses, with knowledge that their potential workforce is economically secure and living in the local area. The 2040 Rockville Masterplan must support the State of Maryland's 12 visions: 1) Quality of life and sustainability, 2) Public participation, 3) Growth areas, 4) Community design, 5) Infrastructure, 6) Transportation, 7) Housing, 8) Economic development, 9) Environmental protection, 10) Resource conservation, 11) Stewardship, and 12) Implementation The 10 elements in the Rockville 2040 Masterplan are: 2.A.a Packet Pg. 44 A tta ch m

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The careful and detailed attention given to each of the 10 elements, defined through vision, goals and actions, of the Masterplan begin to come together into an overarching pilot concept that might lead to a world model for the integrated self-sustaining, community with a low disparity index, capable of improving infrastructure required for a health environment and prosperous and educated population. Within each of the 10 elements, vision, goals and related actions are exemplary.

1) Land use and Urban Design: Implicit in policies but not explicitly stated: Specific attention should be paid to the expected income potential of Montgomery College graduates from either degree or certificate programs; with initial incomes ranging from 25K to 75K/yr. Land use that allows this group to afford ably live within city limits will require creative urban design for high density housing that allows this group to fully benefit from the 9 Rockville land use goals.

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2) Transportation: Noted is that there have been problems related to maintaining a vibrant Town Center while also noting that there is little interaction between students and employees at Montgomery College, and businesses in Town Center. There exist several improvement opportunities for transportation improvements within the corridor between Rockville and Shady Grove metro, which includes Montgomery College.

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A Circulator'' bus connecting Montgomery College campus and Town Center. b. A metro station in the vicini_ty of North Campus Drive. c. Enhanced bicycle paths and walkways between Shady Grove and Town Center, which

improve access to and through Montgomery College and does not require travel on Route 355.

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Planning for increased use of Class 1 pedelec e-bikes throughout the community (lower speed requiring pedaling that are classified as bicycles in Maryland).

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3) Recreation and Parks: Critical for any high-density housing, a feeling of spaciousness even in low square footage homes is enhanced with surrounding parks having recreational activities. NOTE: with the recent fire at the Woodley Gardens pool and childcare center, adjacent to the Woodley Gardens park, there may be an opportunity to enhance resources at this location for all local residents.

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4) Community Facilities: Goal 4 and policies 8 and 10 may integrate well into Montgomery College's concept of a College Town and Community Engagement . With libraries, community and senior centers, there are opportunities to bring College degree, certificate and continuing educational courses and events within walking/bicycling distance to all community residents. The College's campus provides facilities that could be of greater benefit for community residents through integrated college-city cultural events programming.

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5) Environment: A model mixed use entry-level housing development could incorporate the most environmentally friendly components for use in urban-density housing. This could incorporate:

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Geothermal heating/cooling b. Solar energy with fuel cell or electric battery backup - to include possible use of electric

cars supplying back-up energy when not in use; potentially creating a self-sustaining more efficient microgrid covering most daily electrical needs.

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Electric cars on a car-to-go model, so no resident needs to own a car and as an alternative to public transit when appropriate.

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High efficiency electrical and water appliances, faucets, toilets, showers. e. Recycling as much gray water as possible into the local area.

6) Water Resources: The careful analysis of relative increases in water consumption and sewage needs would lead to an assurance that future construction uses the best conservation methods possible to assure minimal water waste and preservation of current green space. Safe drinking water and appropriate sewage treatment is critical for a healthy population. The local water disasters today relate to broken water mains and sewage lines that require urgent repair and ongoing maintenance. A most prudent approach would be to increasingly treat our environment as though we were living within a desert environment where water use is minimized and as much gray water as possible is used for local area irrigation and non-potable purposes.

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7) Economic Development: Much of our competitive advantage might be derived from a collaborative relationship with Montgomery College where there is a goal to match education and training with local business needs and potential. With the Innovation Center located on the Germantown Campus and recent designation by Maryland as a Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone, or RISE Zone, for Montgomery College's Germantown Campus, there is potential to enhance the economic development of Town Center and other locations in Rockville with students educated and trained at Montgomery College who are meeting skills that benefit local businesses and entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Rockville Economic Development, Inc (REDI) initiatives.

8) Housing: Of specific concern is to build enough housing for the lower income groups given knowledge that affordable rent or mortgage is considered 30 of gross income - especially since the type of households described (page 197) match the type of occupations that are essential for building and maintaining a healthy community, workforce, and environment. For some, availability of affordable housing for these income brackets are entry level. With exciting , leading edge environmentally friendly high-density housing within mixed use zones will increase the probability that residents will be able to walk to work, enjoy local services provided by local businesses, and become active, voting, tax-paying residents of Rockville. A second approach for single potential residents might use existing housing stock but allow for sharing by several individuals rooming together under a common charter. To illustrate a highly successful national model for people trying to recover from addictive disorders: Oxford House. Started in Silver Spring, 1975, eight men seeking to stay clean and 2.A.a Packet Pg. 46 A tta ch m

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sober decided to live together when a landlord mentioned he would loan the first month's rent to be paid back when residents were able. From this first Oxford House, there are over 2500 chartered men and women Oxford Houses across the United States, providing a clean and sober home for over 35,000 people/year. On a national budget of approx. 7M/year- paying for outreach workers who help establish new Oxford Houses and assure compliance with their charters, and a revolving no-interest loan fund for first month's rent/security- independent landlords and utility companies collect over 110M/year. While a majority of Oxford House residents initially may have been homeless or incarcerated, within a few months, almost all Oxford House residents will have employment. Average rent and utilities for each resident will cost approx. 150/week. Oxford House residents are generally highly conscious of having a positive local community impact and being excellent neighbors.

This type of healthy 'fraternity' or 'sorority' housing model - modeled on the logic behind Oxford House - may be applicable for other populations, such as community college students, who may benefit from a structured self-supporting, self-run living situation who need a healthy low-cost place to live while receiving the education or skills needed for new employment.

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9) Historic Preservation: Through innovations described within this example, a model is created that will have the same architectural importance as Habitat 67 , and the historical beginnings of Rockville that has been built helping disadvantaged and lower income populations - who have had the opportunity to prosper and enrich the community in which they lived. A solution that lowers the income disparity index within Rockville will create a historical legacy today for future generations.

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10) Municipal Growth: While the thrust relates to the Municipal Growth Element (MGE) and Maximal Expansion Limit (MEL) for annexation of land around the current Rockville City limits, this should complement the internal will to increase population density within current city limits that lowers the current disparity coefficient, allows for populations employed at lower income levels to work and recreate without reliance of private automobiles, and decrease the net environmental cost of sustaining new and current residents.

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Dear Planning Commissioners,

Monica Saavoss Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:50 PM Planning Commission Master plan comment I was very pleased to see goal 4, policy 7 under the Environment chapter about promoting a healthy and sustainable food system for all residents. I ask that you also include promoting plant-based foods as part of that goal. Choosing plant-based foods is beneficial to our health and to the environment. Plant based foods require less water, fuel, and land to produce compared to animal products, and they result in fewer pollutants. Plant-based diets are also promoted by organizations such as American Heart Association as proving a myriad of health benefits. Finally, eating more plant based foods will result in fewer animals suffering on factory farms. Plant-based foods are an important part of a healthy, sustainable, and community-oriented food system. Thank you so much for your important work on this plan. Sincerely, Monica Saavoss

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Rockville Environment Commission (REC) Testimony and Comments on Draft Comprehensive Plan for Planning Commission Public Record - completed June 11, 2019

Comment Plan Chapter Goal Policy Action Existing Draft Comprehensive Plan Comment Page Item text/summary (Comments in bold are suggested wording for the item.) 1 16 Land Use and Goals 3. Integrate land use and transportation planning to Re-word this goal to include reduction in air pollution

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Urban Design Box, maximize the value of Rockville's transportation Item 3 assets.

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16 Land Use and Goals 11, 4. Promote walkable neighborhoods. Promote seems like the wrong word for this goal. Rockville can only promote Urban Design Box, 12, walkable neighborhoods if they exist. There are several that do, but they are

ltem4 13 limited. The goal should be to increase the number of walkable neighborhoods. This can be done through infrastructure improvements in existing neighborhoods and smart planning into new large development projects. Recommend changing the language to Enhance the walkability of neighborhoods .

Tagged Passions:planning, development, Development, and neighborhood

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16 Land Use and Goals Goals for Rockville's Land Use plan include: These goals should incorporate or specifically call out environmental ideas Urban Design Box and/or objectives. Something like - Smart building to help reduce the heat island

or stormwater overflow risk.

Tagged Passions:risk, environment, and stormwater

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21 Land Use and 1 1 New Add Action 1.1 - Rockville is committed to maintaining or increasing green Urban Design space available for public use.n

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21 Land Use and 1 Adopt a Land Use Policy Map that clearly shows While supporting the overall goal, a comprehensive analysis of the impact of Urban Design where continuity and change and growth will be climate change should be undertaken and influence the land use policy map to

allowed to meet community goals. ensure that most susceptible residents are not overly impacted by climate change.

Tagged Passions:environment, policy, and growth

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24 Land Use and 2 4 Draft new high-density residential zone for existing We support high density mixed use development near the Metro stations and Urban Design and new multiple-unit residential projects believe that the height limits need to be raised in those areas. Higher density

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:development, Public Transit, and Development

developments lead to less energy use per unit due to fewer energy-losing walls and smaller units on average. It also promotes fewer vehicle-miles traveled because residents can commute via public transportation and walk to service centers such as day cares and grocery stores.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:grocery, travel, development, transportation, Development, commercial, Child Care, and energy

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37 Land Use and 4 11 11.1,11.2 11.1 Create new community nodes with small- Not sure where this comment goes, but here seems reasonable. In creating a Urban Design scale retail, diversified housing, and civic more walkable community, Rockville should incorporate into any non-permeable

amenities. 11.2 Continue- to develop new walkable, coverings (parking lots, side walks), green alternatives, including solar reflective mixed-use activity centers on available land, coatings to reduce heat build up, permeable surfaces to allow ground water to primarily commercial sites deemed ready for not oveiwhelm storm drains, etc. conversion.

Tagged Passions:sites, utility, Utility, water, commercial, parking, and housing

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37 Land Use 4 12 Develop plans for Rockville's older neighborhood Agree strongly; please include improvement of tree canopy under this goal. shopping centers that address issues of pedestrian Shade improves walkability particularly as summers get longer and hotter. access, storefront aesthetics, land use mix, and urban design.

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Tagged Passions:planning, grocery, strategic, boards and commissions, parks, commercial, policy, Child Care, and neighborhood

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50 Land Use and 9 And yet, the rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance in This sentence in the third paragraph is unnecessary. It looks like an internal dig Urban Design 2009 did not include a planned development from one part of government to another. Adding sentences like this reduce the

option and no new PDs have been created meaning of the rest of the page. Eliminate. since.

Tagged Passions:ordinance, development, zoning, and Development

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53 Land Use and 9 25 Master plans for large development sites should This policy falls short. The REC believes that an environmental analysis should Urban Design include: be mandatory for all commercial sites and large residential sites(over 1-2 acres),

an environmental analysis with identification of not just large development sites. critical features for conservation; Revise bullet list for master plans to include: an environmental analysis with

Tagged Passions:sites, development, Conservation, environment, Development, commercial, and policy

identification of critical features for conservation and consideration of environmental impact

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

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53 Land Use and 9 25 New Add new Action: 25.3 - Commit that any development of golf course Urban Design property include a balanced environmental approach.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:development, environment, Development, property, and golf

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53 Land Use and 9 26 New Undertake a study of minimum parking regulations Add the following Actions: Urban Design and recommended changes to the Zoning

Ordinance to promote access via modes other - Allow business to pay a fee in lieu of parking that allows shared parking than private automobiles and reduce the financial between businesses and/or exchanges parking requirements for and site development burden requirements of incentives for employees/customer public transportation.

Tagged Passions:regulation, ordinance, business, finance, development, zoning, transportation, Development, Fee-in-lieu, incentive, and parking

- Conduct a study where the sole focus is examining the potential effects of spill-over parking and ways to alleviate them.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:parking

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59 Transportation 1 2 New Vision Zero is an international movement to reduce Agree strongly with Vision Zero goals. Add Action 2.1 - Increase safety and eliminate injury and death on roads from outreach to pedestrians through signage and other forms of public crashes involving vehicles, and vehicles and education. pedestrians and bicycles.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:strategic, streets, transportation, advertising, signage, education, Bicycles, Pedestrian, and bicycles

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61 Transportation 2 3 Work with state and county transportation The REC opposes the expansion of 1-270 through Rockville by the State due to agencies to mitigate the impacts many environmental impacts, including impacts to air quality, wildlife, noise, heat

island effects, etc. It also will encourage further sprawl north of the City. Instead, the REC supports mass transit alternatives within the existing 1-270 right of-way. Page 2 of 7 @ 2.A.a Packet Pg. 51 A tta ch m
Tagged Passions:expansion, transportation, environment, and noise

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Tagged Passions:planning, strategic, boards and commissions, streets, transportation, manager, policy, information technology, traffic, and Information Technology

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77 Transportation 4 15 New Improve Twinbrook Metro Station as an asset for Add new Action 15.3 - Include stormwater mitigation, tree canopy/shade as the community. part of these improvements. Shade could be provided by trees or solar

canopies.

Tagged Passions:Public Transit, transportation, trees, and stormwater

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87 Transportation 20 20 20.3 Create a plan for a transition to electric cars and Revise Action 20.3 or existing buildings to end of sentence. trucks that outlines steps the city will take to encourage use of zero- emission vehicles, ... and new building code requirements for electric charging in new construction including electric charging stations and new or existing buildings. building code requirements for electric charging in new construction.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:construction, transportation, electric, Electric Vehicles, and building codes

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100 Recreation and 7 7.5 Retrofit existing community and recreation centers Replace for energy efficiency and design new facilities using sustainable design Parks for energy efficiency and design new facilities principles. with to have an energy performance 30 better than the national

using sustainable design principles. median Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for these spaces, using latest national energy data from Energy Information Administration .

Tagged Passions:performance, parks, government efficiency, energy, and recreation

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115 Community 2 2.7 Incorporate environmentally sustainable 'green' Bring energy performance of existing buildings to perform in top 25 nationwide, Facilities building practices in existing and new facilities. either through ENERGY STAR certification or an Energy Use Intensity (EUI)

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:performance and energy

better than the national median (CBECS)

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123 Environment Vision Rockville strives to assure clean land, air and This doesn't seem like a very lofty vision for the environment. Striving is weak. I water, and efficient use of resources, to foster would be interested in revising this statement completely and setting a vision for healthy, sustainable, and resilient environments for Rockville that goes beyond the ordinary. Something to the effect of Rockville is living, working, and recreation. a leader in its commitment to protect the environment through prudent

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:strategic, utility, Utility, water, Conservation, environment, and recreation

management of our natural environment, encouragement of eco-friendly industries and a commitment to sustainable practices that assure a carbon neutral community along with clean air, land and water.

Tagged Passions:utility, Utility, water, Conservation, and environment

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124 Environment 1 Bring an environment ethic when setting city Change 'Bring' to 'Mandate' or some other word that makes this a full-on policies and weighing options or actions. commitment by the city of Rockville

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

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124 Environment 2 Cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for This is not a measurable goal. This is such an important goal that we should set climate change. some measure of success. i.e. Cut greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a

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.A .a : T es tim on y Fu ll - W at er E nv iro nm en t (27 62 : W or k S es sio n 5 : C om pr eh en siv e P Final REC Comments Sent to Planning Commission-Comp Plan-June 2019 Comment Plan Chapter Goal Policy Action Existing Draft Comprehensive Plan Comment Page Item text/summary (Comments in bold are suggested wording for the item.) 24 125 Environment 1 1 Establish and promote an environmental ethic, or Add Action 1.6 - Every policy or development project include an

Tagged Passions:planning, strategic, boards and commissions, development, Conservation, environment, Development, and policy

set of values and principles, that guide the policies environmental consideration of the long term implications to the and actions of the City of Rockville. environment.

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

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125 Environment 1 ... this approach is the foundation of an Include examples of generally accepted methodologies that may be environment ethic, which the city will use in considered or used as part of the decision-making process when assessing decision making for city facilities and actions, and competing environmental priorities especially in complex scenarios. E.g., promote to the rest of the community. lifecycle assessment (LCA), multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA). Some

seemingly green options may in fact be less environmentally friendly due to higher emissions in their manufacturing phase or emissions may be transferred elsewhere e.g. China producing the solar panels

Tagged Passions:Conservation, environment, and solar power

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125 Environment 1 1.3 lead by example ... revise: ... City of Rockville shall lead by example.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

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126 Environment 2 new Add new Action: 2.5 - Execute a comprehensive analysis of climate change on the City and incorporate the findings into land use and transportation plans.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:transportation, Conservation, and environment

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126 Environment 2 2.1 Promote and support ... add: including City of Rockville ...

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

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128 Environment 2 3 new Include the idea of promoting awareness of energy conservation along with energy efficiency and use of renewable energy among the City's population. This would be in line with the Environmental ethic of Goal 1, Policy 1, Action 1.1 as well)

Tagged Passions:Conservation, environment, policy, government efficiency, and energy

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128 Environment 3 3.1 current language states implement projects at city suggesting using this for all 2040 sections where ... City of Rockville shall...

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:Conservation and environment

facilities adopt the policy.

Tagged Passions:policy

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130 Environment 2 4 4 ... Incorporate energy efficiency, renewable energy, Include the idea of promoting awareness of energy conservation along with and alternative fuels in city facilities, operations, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy among the City's population. This and fleet would be in line with the Environmental ethic of Goal 1, Policy 1, Action 1.1 as

well)
Tagged Passions:Conservation, environment, policy, government efficiency, and energy

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130 Environment 2 4 And as reductions are made in residential and The RELATIVE contribution of emissions by the transportation sector will commercial building emissions, through efficiency surpass emissions from the built environment/electricity consumption. and renewable energy sources, the percentage of total carbon emissions from the transportation sector will increase

Tagged Passions:transportation, Conservation, environment, commercial, government efficiency, and energy

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130 Environment 2 5 Assess risks and vulnerabilities in Rockville of Add: ... mitigate localized impacts and ADAPT TO CHANGES (Resiliency climate change and identify actions to mitigate development in the action items refers to adaptation, not just mitigation of localized impacts impacts)

Tagged Passions:development, risk, Conservation, environment, and Development

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130 Environment 4 Add traffic flow management to optimize movement in City and reduce station traffic periods at traffic lights (reduce energy consumption and emissions) via latest traffic mgmt. products.

Tagged Passions:Conservation, environment, energy, and traffic

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130 Environment 4 Add: increase safe walkable/bikeable travel.

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Tagged Passions:planning, strategic, boards and commissions, performance, Conservation, environment, policy, and energy

construction, expansion and retrofit of city facilities. either through ENERGY STAR certification or an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) better than the national median (CBECS).

Tagged Passions:construction, expansion, and energy

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133 Environment 6 New action item Add: nAII new residential construction will be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2025. All new commercial construction will be ZNE by 2030. 50 of commercial buildings will be retrofit to ZNE by 2030. 50 of new major

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:construction, Conservation, environment, commercial, and energy

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133 Environment 6 renovations of city buildings will be ZNE by 2025.

6.5 work with local utilities, property owners ... Add: community organizations funded by city, also HOA's and Condominiums

Tagged Passions:utility, Utility, Conservation, environment, and property

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134 Environment 4 7 New Foster individual and community health by Add worker health and safety to Policy 7 and reducing stress and exposure to toxins, while providing access to healthy foods and a verdant Add New Action Item 7.5: Ensure Rockville places a high value on worker environment. health and safety for city workers and contractors engaged in providing

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:health, Conservation, environment, and policy

city services and construction (e.g., sanitation workers, road and building construction, fire and EMS crews). As noted in the Introduction of the Master Plan: waste management workers are among the largest group employed by the City; construction (4.5 ); manufacturing (2.6 does this include stone yards, quarries, concrete plants?). Sanitation and fire and EMS groups tend to have high injury and mortality rates in compared to the general worker population.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:construction, streets, solid waste, services, plant, EMS, and rates

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135 Environment 4 7 New Healthy communities to combat obesity and Add New Action Item 7.6: Mention increasing well lit and safe walkable/bikeable sedentary lifestyles and low access to grocery routes and paths to provide better access to grocery stores. This issue is stores. discussed in the land use section but consider including a cross-reference in this

action item to the land use section.

Tagged Passions:grocery, Conservation, environment, and commercial

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135 Environment 4 7 Another important approach to reducing stress and Could not agree more strongly. Suggest this sentiment be referenced in the ameliorating local air pollutants is to provide green transportation, changing land use sections. living plants as part of development projects and the city streetscape. The green of trees, shrubs, and groundcover help to reduce stress and are important additions in areas of land use change. Living plants also produce oxygen and remove some air pollutants. Shade from trees is important to reducing the heat island effect of hard surfaces. A biophilic approach can be incorporated in city greenspace management planning.

Tagged Passions:planning, streets, development, transportation, Conservation, environment, streetscape, plant, trees, and Development

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137 Environment 5 All Great action items (To increase awareness of reduction in consumption of materials and promoting backyard/neighborhood composting.)

43 137 Environment 8 8.4 Incorporate and clarify current recycling, refuse The REC should be a part of the process to update Chapter 20, Solid Waste, and yard waste storage, handling and collection beginning with FY 2020. practices into Chapter 20 of the City Code, Solid Waste. 44 139 Environment 9 New Add Action 9.3 - Increase forest easement acquisition efforts. Page 5 of 7 @ 2.A.a Packet Pg. 54 A tta ch m

Tagged Passions:utility, solid waste, Utility, materials, Conservation, environment, recycling, neighborhood, and easement

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.A .a : T es tim on y Fu ll - W at er E nv iro nm en t (27 62 : W or k S es sio n 5 : C om pr eh en siv e P Final REC Comments Sent to Planning Commission-Comp Plan-June 2019 Comment Plan Chapter Goal Policy Action Existing Draft Comprehensive Plan Comment Page Item text/summary (Comments in bold are suggested wording for the item.) 45 141 Environment 6 11 In order to balance between environmental goods, Call out the use of green building features (viz. green roofs, green walls) so the the number of required trees should be less in increased greenery offsets the reduced tree cover in these areas. Captured on areas targeted for intense urban growth. p.143, Action 11.1 46 143 Environment 6 11 11.1 Revise the Forest and Tree Preservation Call out the use of green building features (viz. green roofs, green walls) so the Ordinance to consider context, to find a balance increased greenery offsets the reduced tree cover in these areas and help between the number of required trees and city reduce heat island effect. Another example of how cross-referencing could be objectives for stormwater management, solar or helpful. renewable energy, improved air quality through the reduction of vehicle miles traveled, green building features, and other important environmental goals 47 169 Water 4 13 New Currently the action items only reference pesticides, herbicides etc. in backyards Resources and green covered spaces not paved surfaces. ' Add New Action Item 13.4: Increase public awareness of and alternatives for harmful snow-melt compoullds on residential and commercial property paved surfaces. With dramatically changing temperature and precipitation patterns over winters in the Mid-Atlantic area it would be productive to engage/remind the public to use less harmful and more Bay- safe products. 48 All All New Provide a Glossary and a Cross-Reference Index in the back of the Comprehensive Plan document. This is helpful since many topics (e.g.; environment, green building design) occur across more than one section or touch on multiple planning elements.

Tagged Passions:planning, ordinance, strategic, boards and commissions, agriculture, travel, utility, Utility, water, Conservation, environment, trees, preservation, property, commercial, policy, snow, pesticide, herbicide, energy, growth, and stormwater

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Recreation and 4and 5 11 Value the important conservation role that The action items should include a commitment to using green appropriate Parks Rockville's parks play in protecting steep slopes, landscape plans. Currently, I've walked on multiple non-permeable walking paths

streams, wildlife corridors, and forests. in Rockville parks. While there are economic and maintenance trade-offs, Rockville should commit to updating existing park infrastructure to reduce non- permeable surfaces. 50 All All Consider including, where feasible, more detail to Goals or Actions with respect to Measurability (metrics) and/or Time frame of achievement/implementation. SMART Goals and Objectives help with commitment and accountability. If there is a concern about being locked into specific numbers then at least define more general terms such as short-term, medium-term, long-term in the introduction and use those throughout for goals and actions.

Tagged Passions:Conservation, parks, buildings and grounds, trade, corridor, accountability, and recreation

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128 Environment 2 3 3.1 Implement projects at city facilities to improve Add second sentence to Action 3.1: All construction at city facilities will meet energy efficiency, renewable energy, and back-up LEED, Energy Star, or similar certification standards for energy efficiency generation for critical city facilities and services and sustainability.

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Tagged Passions:construction, services, Conservation, environment, government efficiency, sustainability, and energy

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.A .a : T es tim on y Fu ll - W at er E nv iro nm en t (27 62 : W or k S es sio n 5 : C om pr eh en siv e P Final REC Comments Sent to Planning Commission-Comp Plan-June 2019 Comment Plan Chapter Goal Policy Action Existing Draft Comprehensive Plan Comment Page Item text/summary (Comments in bold are suggested wording for the item.) 52 134 Environment 4 7 7.1 the focus in this Environment element is placed on Add water to noise and air pollution wherever pollution is mentioned. impacts of noise and air pollution, access to healthy food, and proximity of green living plants and wildlife. 53 135 Environment 4 7 7.3 Cultivate a local food system that provides Revise text in Action 7.3 to read: ... access to healthy, plant-based fresh residents of all income levels access to healthy food ...

Tagged Passions:planning, strategic, boards and commissions, utility, Utility, water, Conservation, environment, plant, policy, and noise

fresh food and improves food security.

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.A .a : T es tim on y Fu ll - W at er E nv iro nm en t (27 62 : W or k S es sio n 5 : C om pr eh en siv e P Rockville 2040 Comments On Land Use and Housing

Tagged Passions:housing

Land use and housing dominate the Draft Comprehensive Plan, accounting for 60 pages - approximately 25 of the document. And for right reason. The plan shows that Rockville will add nearly 20,000 new residents in the next two decades, an increase of more than 25 . The city addresses the looming housing crunch up front, as one of the city's principles listed is:

Encourage a variety of housing types that are accessible to a wide range of households and incomes The plan does a good job of identifying ways to increase housing units without disturbing the fabric of Rockville's existing neighborhoods. However, I think that the population growth and potential housing shortage provide an innovating opportunity for the city that should be noted in the plan: , the city should explore options beyond traditional zoning to accommodate the growing population. In addition to adding density through multi-family or mixed used properties surrounding our metro centers, I encourage the city to research and consider adopting form based codes in those areas ringing the immediate metro centers - neighborhoods that are currently dominated by single-family homes within easy walk to public transportation hubs. This would directly support Goals 1 and 2 in the Land Use section. While this would be an extraordinary systemic shift for the city, it has been successfully implemented in larger municipalities - and it would also satisfying (if not outright eliminate) several of the related policies and goals as it relates to adding a variety of housing types while protecting neighborhood aesthetics.6 Policy 8 in the Land Use Section mentions car less customer base ... the city should de-couple or overhaul parking requirements in new developments in Town Center and South Pike areas. If you want to build a car-free resident base, build housing without parking, and people without cars wil buy them. It's about more than having conveniences within easy walking distance. On Walkability I fully support the city's efforts to create a more walkability Rockville and support the nodes concept. Beyond what is written, I think the city needs to address the four main aspects of walkability when planning, reviewing, and approving new projects - whether public works or private development. These considerations are:

Tagged Passions:planning, strategic, development, zoning, Public Transit, transportation, Development, Public Works, public works, policy, neighborhood, parking, growth, and housing

Safety (goes without saying) Comfortable (is the sidewalk wide enough? Is there a buffer between the sidewalk and

Tagged Passions:streets and Pedestrian

road?) Interesting (what does the street scape look like - trees, store fronts, lighting, etc)

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.A .a : T es tim on y Fu ll - W at er E nv iro nm en t (27 62 : W or k S es sio n 5 : C om pr eh en siv e P lan , D ra ft fo r P lan nin g C om mi ss ion P ub lic Useful ( can we walk to wherever we need?) Safety can be implemented immediately through many means - some of which the city is already doing (lowering speed limits, installing flashing pedestrian crossing signals, etc.). Many of the other factors that imrprove walkability required a more holistic approach to how the city i splanned - not just sidewalk and conduit design, but the design of our road system. Here is a very specific hyper local example: There have been a rash of pedestrian/vehicle collisions on Beall Avenue in the past 10 months. This coincides with the completion of the Metropolitan Building/The Spot food hall and assorted roadwork improvements. Beall Avenue goes from a quiet yield street on the west side of North Washington Street to a four lane boulevard in the time it takes to cross an intersection. This encourages drivers to increase speed in an area where there are two mid-blocks pedestrian crosswalks. This stretch of Beall should remain two lanes. Even with a posted lower speed limit, drivers will drive the speed a road allows them to ... and Beall encourages speed.

Tagged Passions:streets and Pedestrian

And that's the easy culprit. But the headwater of the problem begins elsewhere. For vehicles leaving West End, Woodley Gardens and College Gardens neighborhood via Martins Lane to reach 355 south must either

Tagged Passions:university and neighborhood

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Turn left on North Washington, inevitably wait at the light and make the hard right onto 355

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Turn right (on red or green) onto North Washington then left onto Beall (via dedicated turn lane), then right onto south 355.

The design of these roads (which granted are many years old and constrained by the trianglular shape of the commercial area at 355/North Washington) encourage motorists to travel the more pedestrian friendly streets. Also, stop putting trees in the median areas so they are in the direct sight line of a driver looking for a pedestrian crossing at a crosswalk. Use other foliage. On Retail Rocks

Tagged Passions:grant, streets, travel, trees, commercial, and Pedestrian

Would like to see the city encourage more pop up retail or kiosks of local merchants selling wares - outside of locations like the Farmers Market or Dawsons ... perhaps negotiated into new mixed use development regulations.

No additional detail provided

Tagged Passions:regulation, market, agriculture, development, Development, and farmers market

On Transportation I 'm on board (pun ) with the plan's recommendations on transportation. I support the growth of public transit in all forms, though I have my hesitations about BRT, personally. I definitely

Tagged Passions:Public Transit, transportation, and growth

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