Sandy Spring/Ashton

Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan

Approved and Adopted July, 1998

See the Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan for the 2015 amendment to the Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan.

“The Plan shows in detail land use, transportation systems, community resources and zoning, and represents the strong desire of the community to remain rural.” – 1980 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan
“The community’s commitment to preserve the area’s rural character is just as strong today as it was 15 years ago. This Plan continues the 1980 Plan’s emphasis on maintaining the aesthetic qualities and rural character of Sandy Spring/Ashton.”

NOTE: Please be aware that the page numbering shown on each page does not apply to this media. The numbers shown at the bottom of each page do not correspond to the printed version of the Master Plan. The complete document is represented by the index below.

Abstract [PDF] (pdf, 284KB)

Background [PDF] (pdf, 2.1MB)

Table of Contents [PDF] (pdf, 57KB)

Plan Highlights [PDF] (pdf, 815KB)

  • Rural Character
  • Transportation
  • Environment and Community Resources

Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF] (pdf, 491KB)

  • Overview
  • Coordination with Neighboring Community Master Plans
  • Master Plan Process
  • Implementation ofthe Maryland Planning Act of 1992 and the General Plan for Montgomery County
  • Rationale for Chosen Priorities

Chapter 2: Plan Framework [PDF] (pdf, 230KB)

  • The Elements of Rural Character

Chapter 3: Land Use, Design and Zoning [PDF] (pdf, 1.82MB)

  • Overview
  • Rural Legacy Area
  • Village Centers
    • Sandy Spring Village Center
    • Ashton Village Center
  • Rural/Open Space Area
  • Brooke Road/Chandlee Mill Road Area
  • New Hampshire Avenue Area

Chapter 4: Transportation Plan [PDF] (pdf, 721KB)

  • Overview
    • Road Network
    • Roadway Character and Design Guidelines
    • Intersections
    • Rustic Roads
  • Pedestrian Paths and Bikeway Plans

Chapter 5: Environmental Resources Plan [PDF] (pdf, 365KB)

  • Overview
  • Watershed Protection
    • The Patuxent River Watershed
    • The Northwest Branch Watershed
  • Forest Protection
  • Greenways Plan

Chapter 6: Community Resources [PDF] (pdf, 406KB)

  • Overview
  • Park and Recreation Facilities
  • Other Public Uses
  • Historic Resources

Chapter 7: Implementation [PDF] (pdf, 436KB)

  • Overview
  • Zoning
    • Rural Neighborhood Cluster Zone
    • Sandy Spring/Ashton Rural Village Overlay Zone
  • Preserving Rural Open Space
  • Comprehensive Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan

Appendix [PDF] (pdf, 161KB)

  1. Property Ownership Maps
  2. Comparison: End State Development ofthe 1980 Plan and the 1998 Plan
  3. Key Parcels: Maximum Yield

List of Figures
NOTE: 2 fold-out maps accompany this Plan: Land Use and Zoning

  1. Rural Character
  2. Transportation
  3. Environment and CommunityResources
  4. Regional Location
  5. Relationship to Eastern Montgomery County
  6. Wedges and Corridors – Geographic Components
  7. The Elements ofRural Character
  8. Existing Zoning
  9. Analysis Areas
  10. Special Features Within the Rural Legacy Setting
  11. Setting Within the Rural Legacy Area
  12. Two Rural Neighborhoods Along the Rural Legacy Trail
  13. Land Use Plan
  14. Village Centers
  15. Zoning Plan for Village Centers
  16. Sandy Spring Village Center Concept Sketch
  17. Land Use Plan Brooke Road Area
  18. New Hampshire Avenue Area: Rural Character
  19. Zoning Plan
  20. Street and Highway Plan
  21. Streetscape: MD 108 and Norwood/Dr. Bird Road
  22. Road Access for Northern Neighborhood
  23. Pedestrian Paths
  24. Bikeway Plan
  25. Watersheds
  26. Stream Valley and Forest Protection
  27. Park and CommunityFacilities Plan
  28. Equestrian Trail System
  29. Historic Resources
  30. Water and Sewer Service Envelope
  31. Property Ownership Map (As ofJuly 1998)
  32. Property Ownership Map – Village Centers (As ofJuly 1998)

List of Tables

  1. Special Features of the Rural Legacy Area
  2. Rural Legacy Area Development Guidelines
  3. Roadway Classifications
  4. Bikeway Plan
  5. Historic Resources
  6. Summary of Key Features of Rural Neighborhood Zone
  7. Comparison: End State Development of the 1980 Plan and the 1998 Plan
  8. Key Parcels: Maximum Yield

Reference Materials [PDF] (pdf, 50KB)

Last Updated: November 16, 2016