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Ashton Village Center Sector Plan

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The Ashton Village Center Sector Plan evaluates land use, zoning, transportation, environment, design and other relevant issues in Ashton, a historic crossroads community east of Olney. This sector plan follows the 2015 Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan, which evaluated similar issues in the village of Sandy Spring, just west of Ashton. The Ashton Village Center Sector Plan covers approximately 127 acres around the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Olney-Sandy Spring Road (MD 108).

The plan contains a review of the Sandy Spring/Ashton Rural Village Overlay Zone, which was created to ensure a “village scale” of development in the business districts of both Sandy Spring and Ashton. It limits uses, densities, and building heights. The sector plan reevaluates the overlay zone, as well as the current underlying zones in Ashton and recommends adjustments to comply with the 2014 county zoning ordinance.

The Ashton Village Center Sector Plan:

  • Assesses existing land use conditions.
  • Evaluates the Sandy Spring/Ashton Rural Village Overlay Zone in the context of the 2014 Zoning Ordinance.
  • Makes recommendations for revising the overlay zone in response to community and landowner concerns.
  • Maintains Ashton’s rural character.
  • Involves residents and other stakeholders in the plan development and review processes.
  • Contains recommendations to improve compliance with Vision Zero goals providing safe connections for all modes of transportation.
  • Enhances opportunities to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development.

View the Approved and Adopted Plan


Last Updated: September 15, 2023