The SSARPC supports development in the Sandy Spring-Ashton area as it conforms to the Master Plan. We are pro-Master Plan, not anti-development.
SSARPC CONSISTS OF PEOPLE who live in the Sandy Spring-Ashton area and who want to see the area remain rural. The Sandy Spring-Ashton Master Plan supports this rural concept and is our guide in assuring that this character is maintained. The Committee brings together people from different professions, including an architect, a landscape architect, educators, civic leaders and people with technical expertise. Most of all, the members are energetically dedicated to ensuring that future developments recognize the need to remain rural and conform to the Master Plan.
APRIL 8, 2021
OVER 650 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED A PETITION!! (PS: You can sign it too here):
The 3 main points the community is stressing with the Council are:
Reducing density and maximum heights in the Southeast Quadrant of MD 108 and 650
Change Design Guidelines to Design Requirements
Ensure that the Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) is involved in any development plans from concept to detailed regulatory review stages.
The SSARPC supports development in the Sandy Spring-Ashton area as it conforms to the Master Plan. We appreciate the PHED Committee's efforts to incorporate input from a wide range of stakeholders while evaluating the Ashton Village Center Sector Plan. We also greatly appreciate the opportunity to engage with the PHED and broader County Council, whether through virtual discussion or written communication. The PHED work session, held APRIL 5 can be seen here: https://youtu.be/58VW67faMFo
A final work session will be held on MONDAY, APRIL 19 to discuss whether design guidelines should be included as part of the Plan or attached as an appendix. If they are included in the Plan, they will be requirements. If they are in the appendix, they will be guidelines.
Please let the members of the PHED Committee know your views. The SSARPC is supportive of the guidelines being included in the Plan to ensure that they are followed. Much of the discussion during the work session focused on this issue. PHED Committee members and their email addresses are:
Chairman Hans Riemer - Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember Andrew Friedson - Councilmember.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov
Councilmember Will Jawando - Councilmember.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
Council Staff: Pam Dunn - Pamela.Dunn@montgomerycountymd.gov
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WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE We're not embarrassed to admit that we have bills in excess of $4,000, but if it helped us get to 650 signatures on a petition to the County Council, then it was money well-spent! Luckily, our creditors are "believers in the cause" and are being very generous with their "due dates."
PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN.
IF EVERYONE WHO SIGNED THE PETITION JUST SENT IN $5 . . .
Back in 2007, Miche Booz, in cooperation with the developer and the community, was able to come up with a compromise to the developer's original plan and one that was more in keeping with the village of Ashton. We believe, with some modifications, this design could also work in 2021.
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If PayPal is not your thing (and, since PayPal takes a small bite) feel free to send us a check :
Make checks payable to: SSARPC
c/o Elizabeth Thornton
Ashton, MD 20861