Coming Soon! New Tools and Resources for Communities to Assess Compatible Use Issues and Renewable Energy Siting in Maryland

Resources and Tools 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and Sarah Diehl, AICP, compatible use Community Planning Liason

In the July 2020 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we announced the launch of the Phase 2 of the collaboration between the Maryland Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Planning on the Maryland Military and Civilian Compatible Use Project.  

Phase 2 implements some of the top recommendations of the Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy (SJRIS), completed in 2019 as the main deliverable of the project’s Phase I. 

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Unlocking Brightfields Potential: State Programs to Encourage Renewable Energy Siting on Contaminated Lands Webinar

In Case You Missed It!

Do you need to find suitable sites for renewable energy projects in your state? Are you interested in learning more about best practices from states that have used landfills, brownfields, mines, and other contaminated lands to site renewable energy? 

Almost without exception, states with the most renewable project development on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites have designed and implemented longstanding, state-specific programs targeted at such sites.

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Department of the Environment Acts to Advance Clean and Renewable Energy at Redevelopment Sites 

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Public comment welcomed on proposed regulation to waive cleanup program fees for sites slated for green energy projects; proposal stems from governor’s task force recommendation and legislation 

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is encouraging the development of clean and renewable energy projects on abandoned or under-utilized waste sites in need of environmental cleanup. 

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The Maryland Department of Commerce Seeks Your Input on Renewable Energy Projects and Maryland Military Installations

Planning in Progress

As part of the Maryland Renewable Energy Compatible Siting Project, described in the February 18, 2021 Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Commerce has distributed a survey to guage  support for initiatives, policies, and processes that could facilitate the compatible siting of renewable energy facilities with Maryland’s military installations. The department is seeking responses to the brief survey by August 20.

Spillman Consulting, Inc. to Develop Maryland’s New Compatible Use Website and Handbook

Resources and Tools 

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.  

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