Effective Leadership for
Revitalizing Rockville’s Town
led the effort to revitalize Rockville’s Town Center. The redevelopment
project, completed in 2007, has made
Rockville’s downtown a very inviting, pedestrian-friendly destination with restaurants, shops, the county’s premier library, an arts
& innovation center, and town square. The project includes three public
parking garages, created 94 affordable housing
units, encourages transit use, and increases the tax base for all four levels
Fostered local entrepreneurship
and job creation by bringing a business incubator to Rockville’s Town Center.
The incubator has become the home to over three dozen new businesses.
Secured over $40 million of
investment by the county, state and federal governments to make the revitalization of Rockville’s Town Center possible.
For more information about Rockville's
revitalized Town Center,
Achieving Balanced, Sustainable Growth
Larry led Rockville's adoption of
an "adequate public facilities ordinance" (APFO) that strictly limits new
growth when roads are jammed or schools are overcrowded. As a result, Rockville's growth
controls are among the strongest in Maryland. To read the 11/7/05 Washington
Post article about Rockville's APFO,
Led Rockville's adoption of new,
requirements to ensure that developers provide all of the transportation and
pedestrian safety improvements needed to support their development projects.
Because he believed we need to
strike a sustainable balance between growth and quality of life, Larry
initiated Rockville's current efforts to:
Overhaul the city's zoning
ordinances in order to hold development and redevelopment to a much
higher standard, ensure greater transparency and accountability in land use
decisions, and protect the interests of the city's residents.
Revise the master plan for
Rockville Pike in order to transition the corridor from a
disparate assortment of large, unattractive strip malls to an integrated,
world-class, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use environment with housing, shops,
restaurants, office space, and meaningful public parks and green space.
Creating Affordable Housing
(and Larry's) commitment to creating affordable housing is unrivaled. Over 565
affordable housing units had been added to Rockville's affordable housing
program by the end of Larry's tenure as Mayor. Rockville's affordable housing program has, on a per capita
basis, twice the number of affordable housing units than Montgomery County's
Larry is proud that the city
government never granted a waiver to developers from the city’s affordable
housing requirements and requires affordable housing units to be equally
distributed throughout the community. By comparison, the Montgomery County
government allowed developers to buy their way out of having to provide hundreds of
affordable housing units, typically paying only a small fraction of the cost
to provide those units elsewhere.
- Facilitated the "Legacy at Lincoln Park" redevelopment project that
replaces traditional "public housing" to create innovative, mixed-income housing to foster home ownership and to
strengthen the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This redevelopment project has been
recognized as a potential model for the nation.
Improving Traffic and Pedestrian
Added new traffic control
measures, new crosswalks, and new sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout
Implemented new enhanced
pedestrian safety improvements specifically for school zones across Rockville.
Increased traffic enforcement and
initiated the deployment of speed
cameras in order to reduce speeding, especially in residential neighborhoods
and school zones.
Enhancing Community Safety
Investing in Valued Community
Supported funding for a new
community center west of I-270 to serve residents and to expand the city’s
senior and youth programs. Construction of the new facility is nearly
Added and upgraded parks
throughout the city, including the Mattie Stepanek Park, Mary Trumbo Park and
Dawson Farm Park.
Supporting Education and Local
Implemented the "Linkages to
Learning Program" at the Twinbrook and Maryvale Elementary Schools to help at-risk students and
their families succeed.
Increased the city’s
academically-oriented after-school programs at other elementary and middle
schools in Rockville.
Larry advocated strongly for
building the new Richard Montgomery High School. The new school is now open.
Supported providing city funding
for the expansion of the new gyms at Lakewood and College Gardens Elementary
Schools, both of which have been completed.
Building a Multicultural Community
Larry made it a priority to reach
out to and bring together Rockville’s highly diverse and
international population (one-third of Rockville’s residents were born outside
Hosted roundtable discussions with
Asian, Hispanic and African-American business leaders to identify ways to
broaden Rockville’s business base. First-ever Washington, DC-area Asian
Business Conference hosted by Rockville city government in October
Increased city funding to provide ESOL classes to help recent immigrants learn English and to become a part of
Enhancing City Government
Took a fresh look at the city
government’s operations to identify ways to further improve responsiveness and
efficiency. Hired Scott Ullery as Rockville's City Manager who continues to
make great strides with his management team and city staff toward making
Rockville's city government world-class in terms of innovation and achievement
Fiscally responsible and held
the line on expenditures. In 2007, the City of Rockville was awarded the AAA
credit rating (the highest possible and very rare among cities Rockville's
Providing Property Tax Relief for
Reduced the city's property tax
rate twice, instituted an additional $100 tax credit for homeowners, and significantly expanded the city’s
property tax credit program for Rockville’s lowest-income homeowners.
Larry proposed a new approach
to provide greater property tax relief for homeowners and to make property
taxes more progressive. To read Larry's proposal, published in the Washington Post's
Close to Home section in April 2005,