The Importance of Compatible Use Planning

Planning in Progress

by Tom Evans, Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA), Maryland Department of Commerce, and Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

What is Compatible Use Planning?

In the most general terms, compatible use planning (also called compatibility planning) refers to working to ensure that both existing and planned land uses and activities are carefully considered  to reduce or eliminate adverse effects on (or in the best case scenario, to actually enhance and support) neighboring or nearby land uses.

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The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Planning Collaborate on Compatible Use

Planning Assistance in Action

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).

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