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Maryland Military and Community Compatible Use

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The military installations in Maryland are of significant value to local economies and are interdependent with their host communities. Collaboration and joint planning among military installations, neighboring communities, and agencies protect the long-term viability of existing and future military missions. Working together enhances the health of local economies, industries, and communities.

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Featured Maryland Military Installations

The 2019 Maryland Statewide Joint Land Use Study Response Implementation Strategy (SJLUS)​ identified and focused on 13 major military installations that were determined based on:
  • Geographic size of the facility (large installation versus site or office park/building setting).
  • Standalone facility or annex to another installation.
  • Complexity of mission/installation and to what extent the planning compatibility factors could be applied with useful analysis.
Map Installations Fort Detrick NSA Bethesda NSWC Carderock Joint Base Andrews NSF Indian Head ARL BlossomPoint NAS Patuxent River Aberdeen Proving Ground Fort George G.Mead U.S. Coast Guard Yard Adelphi Lab Center NSA Annapolis NRL Chesapeake Bay Detachment


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Frequently Asked​​ Questions

Find quick answers to frequently asked questions, including information on why military and community compatibility is important, what characteristics of incompatibility might look like, and how Maryland is continuing to support the state’s military installations and defense communities.

Renewable Energy Siting Study

The Renewable Energy Study, prepared by the Maryland Department of Commerce, provides information to assist with the early coordination for siting renewable energy development projects between energy developers; local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders; and military installations within the state.

Tools to Support Compatibility

Explore federal, state, and local tools that can be used to support increased communication, coordination, and land use compatibility within Maryland’s defense communities. Tools include comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and alternative authorities in which local governments can partner with military installations to achieve success.

Best Practices

Learn about successful compatibility planning practices in action. From categories like communication and coordination, infrastructure, to resource conservation and more, explore how Maryland and other defense communities across the country are strengthening their relationship with the military.

Case Studies

In depth examples of military installations and defense communities collaborating to achieve mutually beneficial objectives in the areas of land preservation, infrastructure development, resiliency planning, and economic development. The case studies explore how these successful outcomes were achieved, not only what the successful outcomes are.

Compatible Use Studies

Compatible Use Studies are a key planning tool that local governments can undertake in partnership with military installations to address land use compatibility supporting the installation’s mission and success of the community. Learn about the process and federal resources available to complete a compatible use study.



This website 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. ​


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