Maryland and Local Compatibility Planning

Maryland municipalities and counties control land use and development through the following:

  • Comprehensive, general, or master plans
  • Zoning ordinances and maps
  • Subdivision or land development regulations

Together, they direct how, when, and where development will occur and are the key tools used to guide compatible community development in support of continued military operations. The Local Government Article​ and Land Use Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, govern the administration of these three important land use powers.

Additional Resources

Comprehensive Planning Overview
Learn how local governments use comprehensive plans to guide growth and development.

Comprehensive Planning as a Tool for Compatibility
Explore how communities can consider compatibility needs of military installations within their comprehensive plans.

Military Elements in a Comprehensive Plan
Learn how to develop a military element within a comprehensive plan.

Compatiblity Implementatio​n
Discover other tools, such as zoning ordinances, subdivison regulations, site plans, and building codes, that can be used to achieve compatibility goals.

Other Planning Tools
Learn about other tools and federal authorities that can guide and regulate community development that is compatible with continued military operations.

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