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Andrews JB NAF , Maryland

Program: Compatible Use

Andrews JB NAF , Maryland

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission worked with Andrews Joint Base to plan for civilian development that is compatible with the mission of the base.

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) served as the project sponsor for the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) surrounding Andrews Joint Base Naval Air Facility Washington (JB NAF). M-NCPPC completed the JLUS in December 2009 and since then local stakeholders have carried out several of its recommendations. The JLUS provided the M-NCPPC, Prince George's County, and surrounding communities the opportunity to adopt new planning doctrine to address and prevent urban encroachment from adversely impacting operational missions at Andrews JB NAF.

The M-NCPPC JLUS represents a community-driven planning process among Andrews JB NAF 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 Andrews JB NAF 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.

Andrews JB NAFis comprised of 5,000 acres in Prince George's County, outside Washington D.C. Among 60 separate organizations, Joint Base Andrews is home to Headquarters Air Force District Washington and the 89th Airlift Wing whose missions include operation of the presidential support fleet, including Air Force One. The airfield at Joint Base Andrews is the aerial point of arrival and departure for the President of the United States, members of Congress, and foreign heads of state.

Joint Base Andrews is primarily bordered by major or secondary roads and a densely urbanized environment. Upcoming growth includes a major new town development, Westphalia. Westphalia is expected to include several thousand dwelling units, new hotels, commercial buildings, and office centers. This new commercial and residential development is within the Accident Potential Zone (APZ). Additionally, these upcoming developments may cause other safety concerns, making it likely to have a negative impact on the installation's flight operations.

Below are some of the JLUS recommendations M-NCPPC has successfully completed:

  • An effective JLUS Implementation Committee was established in March 2010 as a communication and project delivery forum to operate for a period of at least five years. The 17-member Committee included representatives for Congressional and state elected officials, the Prince George’s County Executive, Air Force leadership, Economic Development Corporation, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, business and civic organizations, development industries and residents.
  • Development of a real estate disclosure process and language to notify property and business owners about potential impacts due to proximity to Joint Base Andrews.
  • Enactment of an Interim Land Use Control ordinance, followed by a permanent Military Influence Overlay Zone ordinance that served to guide development and limited the intensification of uses in safety zones.

The M-NCPPC also served as the project sponsor and grantee for an 18-month planning effort to determine the best strategies to address incompatible uses in the Northern Clear Zone, located entirely outside the base boundary. Because current and future development posed significant safety and development concerns to the community and Joint Base Andrews, the M-NCPPC developed a strategy and plan, including an Action Plan and Implementation Program, to clear development in the Northern Clear Zone.

Point of Contact

Ivy Lewis, Chief

Community Planning South Division


Prince George’s County Planning Dept.

(301) 952-3047

Program: Compatible Use

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