Sandy Spring residents, business owners and civic leaders joined together to help envision a village center design that would fulfill the Sandy Spring/ Ashton Master Plan for the historic Sandy Spring Village Center. The Montgomery County Planning Department sponsored the community planning session that took place on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
The 1998 Sandy Spring/Ashton Master Plan recognized that the details of the village center concept were beyond its scope, and recommended more detailed studies and analysis to develop the concept. The minor amendment will implement recommendations of the 1998 Plan for development of a village center concept.
Fred Nichols, President of Nichols Contracting and a Sandy Spring resident, along with Tyler Nichols, Project Engineer for Nichols Contracting, offered their expert assistance to the community to help envision and develop the historic Sandy Spring Village Center and fulfill the Master Plan concept to provide a village center that serves as a focal point for the community, offers sustainable amenities, improves pedestrian and vehicular circulation and maintains the rural character.
Participants were divided into small groups and provided with a map of the current village center. Each group brainstormed to develop concepts that would enhance the historic attributes of the community while providing improved and sustainable amenities such as a village green, compatible streetscaping, walkable pedestrian friendly and vehicular circulation, bike paths and new shops and services that will support the needs of the community and attract tourists to the village center which is a designated Maryland Heritage Tourist District.
Additional public meetings are scheduled for January and May, with the scope of work expected to be completed by June 2014. After review by the planning board, county executive and county council, the schedule calls for the final plan to be adopted in May 2015.