Protecting safety and occupational health of military and civilian personnel on military installations and people in nearby communities is a shared goal of the military and local governments. Safety considerations should be applied when making land use decisions, protecting mission security from outside threats, and when monitoring general safety factors pertaining to everyday community activities, on and off base.

The below examples show how installations and communities can work together to ensure the health and safety of military personnel and civilians through a variety of land use controls and educational resources.

Relevant Compatibility Factors: Safety Zones, Anti-terrorism/Force Protection, Public and Military Base Safety

Best Practices in Maryland

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Boater's Guide
  • Prince George's County Military Installation Overlay Zone

Highlight 1: Aberdeen Proving Ground Boater's Guide

The location and nature of testing and training activities at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) have led to regulating boating and fishing activities in the Chesapeake Bay abutting APG. The APG Boaters Guide, published in 2019, informs the boating community about the restrictions and maps where boating and fishing activities are controlled, based on when certain APG training and testing operations are being conducted. The guide also describes how boaters can contact APG Patrol vessels by radio and provides a schedule of water access restrictions. Using tools and resources such as this guide can help educate and improve the public's understanding of military operations and facilitate improved relationship between an installation and adjacent local governments.​

Highlight 2: Prince George's County Military Installation Overlay Zone

Prince Georges County and Joint Base Andrews (JBA) developed a local ordinance that addresses compatible land uses based on noise contours and safety areas -- accident potential zones and clear zones -- required to ensure safe aircraft operations and the safety of the surrounding community. The safety-related portions of the local ordinance include restrictions on the heights of buildings, prohibitions on new development, and restrictions on re-development or zoning changes in those safety areas. The adoption of the overlay is a result of decades of collaboration between federal, regionals, and county stakeholders. Find more information in the Prince George's County Military Installation Overlay Zone case study.​

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