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State of Maryland, Maryland

Program: Compatible Use

State of Maryland, Maryland

Maryland is taking a strategic approach to compatible use to balance civilian growth needs with the sustainability of the military mission.

The Maryland Department of Commerce is serving as the project sponsor and grantee for the Maryland Compatible Use Project.  The project goal is to provide the state of Maryland and local jurisdictions a strategy to guide compatible community development in support of the long-term sustainability and operability of military operations throughout the state.

Five Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS) were recently completed in Maryland, with each study identifying compatibility issues and making specific recommended actions to address and prevent future incompatible community development.  The JLUS represents a regionally-driven planning and coordination process among the Maryland communities and the area installation, 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 the military installations and the surrounding Maryland communities to address compatibility issues.  The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installation and its supporting communities by identifying areas where existing and future land use conflicts might occur, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

The Maryland Compatible Use Project allows Maryland to take a unified, strategic approach to actions from the studies that the state can respond to.  In addition, the project will examine how the state can support the various localities that are in the process of carrying out recommendations put forth by their respective JLUS, including a review of existing legislation and policies pertaining to development in and around military installations if necessary.

Maryland has defined the following objectives for the Compatible Use study:

  • Assess the recommendations included in the five recently completed JLUS reports to identify common compatibility challenges most appropriate for state and regional engagement and strategically respond.
  • Identify actions Maryland can take to promote compatible community development around Maryland military installations. Actions may include proposed legislation, policy changes, funding, and other strategic initiatives.
  • Review state and local government’s procedures for responding to incompatible land use issues and create a communications/interagency coordination plan to respond to encroachment threats.
  • Bring together multiple state and local agencies to form a unified committee to lead a response to the statewide compatibility issues. 

The following deliverables are anticipated from the study effort:

  • Increased awareness at a state level of potential or existing encroachment issues in areas surrounding Maryland military installations;
  • Creation of a unified approach for the state and identified partners to address potential or existing encroachment issues through new legislation or policy changes;
  • Identification of inter-agency communication and coordination issues between state, local agencies and military installations in the area of compatible land use and the recommendations for improvement; and
  • Consideration and execution of the proposed recommendations outlined in the report, with the result of mitigating encroachment to Maryland military installations. 

Point of Contact:

Jennifer White

Grants Manager

Department of Commerce

(410) 767-6445

Program: Compatible Use

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