TOWN OF ROCKVILLE, UTAH
ADOPTED AUGUST 14, 1997
This document was prepared and financed in part through a planning and technical assistance grant from the Utah State Department of Community and Economic Development, administered through the Five County Association of Governments and in cooperation with the Rockville Town Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council.
The Town of Rockville was incorporated as a municipality on June 30, 1987. This step was taken in order to establish and protect the unique identity of the community and to exercise greater control over the Town’s future growth and development.
In 1988 the Town prepared a general plan. The plan was tangible evidence of the community’s desire to define the community’s goals and how best to achieve them.
Purpose of the General Plan
A general plan must reflect the attitudes and desires of the community in order to be an effective guide for growth.
The general plan is the official statement of the Town’s governing body which sets forth its major policies concerning desirable future development. It is a guide for decision-making and the legal basis for land-use ordinances.
How the General Plan Came About
In 1988 the opportunity was given to all residents of Rockville to respond to a Master Plan survey. Eighty percent of the Town’s households completed the survey. Rockville adopted a Master Plan in 1989 on the basis of the Master Plan survey and town meetings.
In March and April of 1997 the Rockville Planning Commission, with the concurrence of the Rockville Town Council, conducted a review of the Rockville Master Plan, to be known hereafter as the Rockville General Plan. This review was conducted and completed with the assistance of Mr. Curt Hutchings and Mr. Robert Hugie representing Five County Association of Government (AOG) and Mr. Charles P. Klingenstein, an independent professional planner from Park City, Utah.
The review was composed of a survey sent to all property owners (Appendix "A") and a special town meeting to identify the community’s goals for land use planning (Appendix "B"). In the judgment of Five County AOG, the independent planner, and the Rockville Planning Commission the results of the survey and of the town meeting were consistent, represented the consensus of the citizens and property owners of Rockville (Appendix "C") and should therefore serve as the basis for a Vision Statement and revisions to the Rockville General Plan.
General Plan Review and Revision
The planning horizon for the Rockville General Plan is approximately 20 years. It is recognized that changing conditions and community desires make it necessary to review the general plan continually and to update it periodically. It is recommended that revision of the general plan be considered every five years.
The 1997 review and revision of the Rockville General Plan shall be initiated in two phases. Phase I to be the approval of General Plan revisions. Phase II to be the adoption of a Growth Management Plan, a Housing Chapter to conform with the Utah State statute mandate for December 1998 (Appendix "D"), and updated Land-Use Maps.
Town of Rockville Vision Statement*
The Town of Rockville is a rural, residential, and agricultural community. Since its founding by Mormon pioneers in 1862 Rockville has maintained the integrity of its historical town plan and has been referred to by historians as "the last treasure in Utah".
The citizens of Rockville have decided that:
- Rockville shall continue as a community which respects its heritage and chooses to govern itself with an emphasis on its quiet, small town atmosphere and its agricultural values.
- Any growth which Rockville may experience shall be carefully planned, consistent, and phased so that the town’s quiet, rural values are maintained.
- Acknowledging the rights and responsibilities of property owners Rockville shall adopt carefully considered ordinances which reflect the intent of the Rockville General Plan and which will define land use policy in Rockville.
- Rockville will strive to be fair in the formulation and application of all ordinances which are used to implement the Rockville General Plan.
- Agricultural use, historic preservation, sensitive lands protection, and the maintenance of the community trust are essential elements which define our community.
- Rockville intends to remain a small town with a population of 200 to 500 people.
- Rockville shall protect its natural landscape with special attention to the benches, floodplains, river and surrounding mountains.
- Rockville shall live within its financial means by providing a modest level of services to its citizens as exemplified by the light bulbs which serve as the town’s streetlights.
- On site and off site improvements necessitated by new developments will be paid for by the developer.
It is the intent of this vision statement to guide us in the present and direct us towards the future.
*All of the citizens and property owners of Rockville were invited to participate in the Rockville General Plan review in the spring of 1997. This vision statement is based on the information provided by property owners and citizens during that process and was approved by the Rockville Town Council June 5, 1997.