Maryland Launches New Tools to Support Military and Community Compatibility

Planning in Progress

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Starting in the mid-2010s, the Maryland Departments of Planning and Commerce, as well as local and military stakeholders, began partnering on planning efforts and resource development aimed to enhance collaboration between Maryland’s military installations and jurisdictions.

Figure 1 – Screenshot showing homepage of Planning’s newly launched Military and Community Compatibility website including navigation bar with links to military installations in Maryland, partner agencies, resources, the Community Compatibility Handbook, information and events.

The first milestone of this collaborative effort was the development of the 2019 Maryland Statewide Joint Land Use Study Response Implementation Strategy. We are happy to introduce the completion of the latest milestones:  the Military and Community Compatible Use Website and the Renewable Energy Compatible Siting Project.  

Planning is excited about the possibilities this partnership holds for the future and is sharing with our Planning Practice Monthly readers a recently published article in Commerce’s Business Pulse newsletter that highlights these new resources. Sometimes we all need to take stock of where we came from, consider where we are now, and celebrate our successes!

Read the Business Pulse ArticleTo learn more about the state’s compatible use planning efforts, please contact Sarah Diehl, AICP, Southern Maryland Regional Planner for the Maryland Department of Planning, at

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