By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has selected Spillman Consulting, Inc., in partnership with SIA Solutions, LLC, and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., to develop the state’s first compatible use website and handbook, aimed at supporting compatible land use with Maryland’s 20 military installations and their surrounding communities.
As a part of the state’s ongoing effort to enhance collaboration and communication between Maryland’s military installations and surrounding civilian communities to promote compatible use planning and prevent potentially adverse impacts or encroachments, the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) is conducting a Renewable Energy Compatibility Siting project.
By Sarah Lipkin-Sularz, Southern Maryland Regional Planner
The State of Maryland, influenced by its proximity to the nation’s capital, has a long military history and is fortunate to host 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations. These bases support the overall operations of the nation’s military and the Department of Defense (DoD).
SmartDG+ is shining a light on solar siting in Maryland, ushering in a new era on the wind [turbine]s of change by providing access to mapped data to help developers and local governments evaluate screening factors—like proximity to existing transmission lines—to select prime locations for their solar and wind projects. The mapping tool is co-sponsored by DNR’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) and the Maryland Energy Administration. Shawn Seaman with PPRP and Shannon Long with Environmental Resources Management, which is contracted by the State to assist with the application, conducted a live demo of the tool at the recent Planning Director’s Roundtable on Friday, September 20. Shawn explained to the rapt audience that SmartDG+ was developed because smart siting wasn’t working for solar and wind projects in Maryland. Continue reading →