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Aberdeen Proving Ground , Maryland

Program: Compatible Use

Aberdeen Proving Ground , Maryland

Harford County and Aberdeen Proving Ground collaborate on community driven planning process to promote compatible civilian development.

Harford County served as the project sponsor and grantee for the 27-month Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) surrounding Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), completed in November 2015. The Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor consortium, a Harford County-funded entity, managed the project on behalf of the County.  The JLUS Policy Committee was comprised of the Harford and Cecil County Executives; a Kent County Commissioner; the Mayors of the City of Aberdeen and Havre de Grace; and the APG Garrison Commander (serving in an ex-officio capacity).  In addition to being the project sponsor, Harford County oversaw the implementation of key recommendations.

The Harford County JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among APG and the surrounding communities to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among APG and surrounding communities to address compatibility issues.  The JLUS benefits both the military installation and its supporting communities by identifying existing and future land use conflicts, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

APG is situated in Northeast Maryland on Maryland’s western bank of the Chesapeake Bay, just south of the Susquehanna River inlet.  Hosting more than 90 tenants across a number of mission areas, APG’s primary missions are in three areas:

  • Engineering, testing and evaluation
  • C4ISR (command, control, communications and computers for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance)
  • Chemical, biological and nuclear defense

The Harford County JLUS identified critical encroachment recommendations associated with compatibility areas with high-priority recommendations in communication and coordination; operational noise and adjacent land uses. 

In coordination with APG leadership, the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor consortium carried out recommendations from the JLUS, with the first effort focused on improving military-civilian communication and coordination.

The JLUS also recommended that Hartford County develop four separate Military Compatibility Areas (MCAs), as follows:

  • Noise MCA
  • Safety MCA
  • Vertical obstruction MCA
  • Bird Air Strike Hazard (BASH) MCA

Point of Contact:

Karen Holt

Director, Office of Economic Development

(410) 638-3059

Program: Compatible Use

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