The companion handbook (Handbook) presents an overview of the resources and tools included on the website that support compatible
use planning and coordination. This technical assistance resource provides the military and Maryland communities key points
from the website to print, distribute, and share as needed to support compatible use, best practices, and support continued
military operations, community growth, and economic development.
The Handbook should be used to introduce readers to military and community compatible use and the resources that are
available at the local, state, and federal level to promote it. The summary information contained in the Handbook is intended
to enhance general understanding of the subject matter and efficiently direct readers to detailed information on the website
using hyperlinks and interactive images. The Handbook also contains easy to find contact information for each of the featured
installation’s Public Affairs Office.
How to Use This Handbook
Organization of the Handbook mirrors the layout of the Compatible Use Website.
Each numbered section of the Handbook corresponds to a website tab (i.e., Section 1: About relates to the “About” tab on
the website). Readers can easily navigate between sections of the Handbook by using the interactive Table of Contents (TOC)
bar located on the left or righthand side of each page. Additionally, readers can quickly access any of the corresponding
content in greater detail located on the website by using the red linked section headers throughout the Handbook.
Disclaimer: The Community Compatibility Handbook was prepared by the Maryland Department of Planning under
contract with the Maryland Department of Commerce with financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of
Local Defense Community Cooperation. The content reflects the views of the Maryland Department of Planning and does not
necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation.