What are Compatibility Factors?
Compatibility factors are one tool that
installations and adjacent communities can use to organize shared interests
and areas of potential conflict. These factors should be evaluated during the
Compatible Use Study process to determine potential effects on people, natural
resources, and development. Military Installation Resilience projects focus
in greater detail on resilience factors beyond the installation fence line that
may adversely impact the installation and military operations including water
availability, stormwater, wastewater, energy, communication, and transportation
logistics, and installation access.
Compatibility factors are evaluated against existing conditions and potential
future activities that may impair continued military operations, mission assurance
and readiness, as well as community growth and development. Specific actions
are then recommended to address identified issues together with a detailed implementation
strategy and potential funding sources to ensure long-term readiness, military
value, and continued community growth and economic development.
A community may evaluate several compatibility factors to better understand
military operations, further communications with the installation, and help
make informed decisions that respond to, address, and mitigate activities with
a potential to impair installation use, diminish public safety, and reduce quality
of life. When done successfully, a compatibility analysis can increase the value
of a military installation by preserving its mission and protecting an important
economic asset for the community, region, and state.
A compatibility analysis should consider these 24 Compatibility Factors to
determine the existing and potential effects military operations and community
growth may have on people, natural resources, and community development beyond
the installation fence line. Using the results of this analysis, either in a
Compatible Use Study or other joint planning effort, planners can recommend
specific actions to address identified compatibility issues, together with a
detailed implementation strategy and potential funding sources, to ensure long-term
military readiness, military value, and continued community growth and economic