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Maryland Military Installation Council
The Maryland Military Installation Council was authorized by Chapter 634, Acts of 2006 (Maryland Code 1957, Article 83A, §5-1710.1) to continue the work of the former Maryland Military Installation Strategic Planning Council, which submitted an interim report to the Governor and General Assembly in December 2003.  The Maryland Military Installation Council is to identify what public infrastructure and community support is needed for the development and expansion of the state's military installations; and what the potential impact of that development and expansion will be on local communities. The Council also will research how other jurisdictions are coping with increased development around military installations, and review state policies in order to best support the mission of the military installations and maximize economic benefits to local communities.  Maryland S.B. 55 of 2010, removed the council’s sunset date of December 2011 and increased membership of the council to include the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard.

Contact:
J. Michael Hayes, Director
Division of Business & Enterprise Development
Dept. of Business & Economic Development
World Trade Center, 15th floor, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202 - 3316
(410) 767-2988
mhayes@choosemaryland.org
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Md. Ann. Code Econ. Devel. § 5-106 (Chapter 314, Acts of 2004) requires the Secretary of the Department Business and Economic Development to designate a single point of contact within the Department for issues relating to base closure or realignment.  The Maryland Military Installation Council serves as that point of contact.

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Renewable Energy

The Navy had expressed concerns relating to large wind turbines’ potential to interfere with the Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s radar systems. Navy officials actively sought engagement in the siting and planning process of wind farm projects in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore for this reason. MD H 1427 (2012) addressed this issue by removing an exemption granted by the Public Service Commission for specified wind farms not exceeding 70 megawatts within a certain range of the station, up to a maximum of 46 miles.

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Open Space/Conservation

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
As a member of the Maryland Military Installation Council, MDE maintains a strong working relationship with DOD/Joint Services regarding environmental matters of concern to the State and Military communities. MDE works closely with installations under specific agreements that foster Joint Service contributions to top State environmental priorities. One example is the Chesapeake Bay Restoration in which the Services are playing an important role along with their local ‘host’ jurisdictions. At the federal level, strong support for these activities stems from the Chesapeake Bay Presidential Executive Order #13508. Installations are playing a key role in helping the State reach its Bay Watershed Implementation Plan goals.

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MDE continues to regulate Maryland installations under its array of existing laws, rules and policies that address potential environmental impacts associated with military activity. To help Maryland installations understand and keep pace with state regulatory requirements as well as to encourage voluntary pollution prevention efforts, MDE meets regularly with environmental managers from DoD/Services under an intergovernmental partnership agreement that was executed in 2002.  

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Maryland Environmental Trust
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) was established in 1967 (Maryland Natural Resources Code §3-201 et seq.) to protect the state’s natural environment and is the state’s primary recipient of donated conservation easements.  The goal of MET is to protect farms and forestlands, wildlife habitat, waterfront acreage, natural areas, historic sites, and valuable scenic features.  This is achieved through federal income tax deductions, the Maryland property tax credit, the Maryland income tax credit, and through estate tax savings for donations of conservation easements.  Four main programs are administered by MET: Conservation Easements, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Local Land Trust Grant Fund, and Rural Historic Village Protection.

Contact:
Ms. Elizabeth Buxton, Executive Director
Maryland Environmental Trust
100 Community Place
1st Floor
Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023
(410) 514-7903 
ebuxton@dnr.state.md.us 

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Program Open Space
Program Open Space (Maryland Natural Resources Code §5-901 et seq.) acquires state and local parks and conservation areas, including the purchase of easements on land to protect unique historic properties (battlefields or historic structures and landscapes) or scenic vistas.  The Program administers funds made available to local communities for open and recreational space through the state real estate transfer tax and from the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The Program coordinates the acquisition of Department lands for the use of all departmental agencies.  

Contact:
Mr. James W. (Chip) Price
Program Open Space
Tawes State Office Bldg.
580 Taylor Ave., E-4
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 260-8426
cprice@dnr.state.md.us 

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Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 (Maryland Agriculture Code §2-501 et seq.) under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture.  Its work is to “preserve agricultural land and woodland in order to: provide sources of agricultural products within the state for the citizens of the state; control the urban expansion which is consuming the agricultural land and woodland of the state; curb the spread of urban blight and deterioration; and protect agricultural land and woodland as open-space land.” 2009 H.B. 1418 updated code regarding the Land Preservation Foundation and provides that the program does not prohibit a governmental agency from condemning land that is subject to an agricultural land preservation easement for use as economic or residential development or parkland, subject to approval by the Board of Public Works and a recommendation by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation.  S.B. 95 of 2010 further updated the program, authorizing the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation to establish a Farmland Preservation Partnership Program to preserve productive agricultural and forested land. 

Contact:
Ms. Carol West, Executive Director
Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation 
Maryland Department of Agriculture 
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Room 104 
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-8960 
410-841-5860 (voice) 
410-841-5730 (fax) 
info@malpf.info

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Rural Legacy Program
The Rural Legacy Program was created by the General Assembly in 1997 (Maryland Natural Resources Code §5-9A-01 et seq.) to “enhance natural resource, agricultural, forestry, and environmental protection while maintaining the viability of resource-based land usage and proper management of tillable and wooded areas through accepted agricultural and silvicultural practices for farm production and timber harvests.”  The Program is funded through a combination of Maryland Program Open Space dollars and general obligation bonds from the state’s capital budget.  

Contact:
​Rural Legacy Board Chairman
Joseph P. Gill
Secretary, Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue, C-4
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8100
410-260-8111 (fax)

Richard Eberhart Hall 
Secretary, Department of Planning 
301 West Preston Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
410-767-4510 
410-767-4480 (fax)
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Heritage Conservation Fund
The Heritage Conservation Fund (Maryland Natural Resources Code §5-1501 et seq.) is utilized to protect rare and endangered species habitat, as well as providing financial support to administer programs geared towards achieving those goals.  The Fund is used by the Department of Natural Resources to acquire conservation easements or a fee simple or other interests in forestlands; unique ecological areas of the state; any area characterized by significant natural scenic beauty; tidal or non-tidal wetlands; lands in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area; any land designated as a unique ecological area under the Department’s Natural Heritage Program; any wilderness area that remains relatively undisturbed by human encroachment; lands supporting rare, threatened or endangered plants or animals; lands that support diverse ecological communities of plants or animals; Any land whose conversion to development would significantly affect water quality or unique natural habitat; and natural areas that have been designated as areas of critical state concern.

Contact:
Fiscal, Legislation and Regulations
Associate Director - Glenn Therres
MD DNR - Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave. 
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8449

Permits Coordinator - Connie Roberts 
(all permits except Scientific Collection and Regulated Shooting Area Permits)
MD DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service
11701 Mountain Road, NE
Flintstone, MD 21530
301-478-2525
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Forest Legacy Program
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Service serves as the lead agency overseeing the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is designed to identify and protect environmentally important forest lands through the use of perpetual conservation easements between willing sellers and willing buyers.

Contact:
Mr. Tim Culbreth
(410) 260-8589
tculbreth@dnr.state.md.us 
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Conservation Easement Statutes
Conservation easements in the state are authorized by Maryland Real Property Code §2-118 et seq. et seq.

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Military Zones to extend state and federal incentives to enterprises that support that state’s military presence.
Since 2008, the BRAC Revitalization and Incentive Zone Program provides local governments with financial assistance for public infrastructure projects in well-defined areas that expect significant growth as a result of BRAC decisions. Of the seven currently designated BRAC zones, the largest encompasses the City of Aberdeen. With funding from the BRAC Zone Program, the city will undertake projects to improve transportation infrastructure, school facilities, water and wastewater services, and public parks.

Md. Economic Development Code Ann. §5-1301 et seq. 
Created by 2008 Senate Bill 601; amended by 2009 House Bill 1429

Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Office
There are several military bases in the three southern Maryland counties. Instead of having an agreement between the Department of Defense (DOD) and each county or conservation district, there is one agreement between DOD and the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) office. As a 501(c)(3), the RC&D is eligible to enter into agreements with the U.S. Navy to assist the bases in implementing their Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans. Projects range from small to large scale efforts and are primarily concerned with protecting and stabilizing severely eroding shorelines along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. All work passes through the RC&D office and is then shared with each county and its respective soil conservation district. The RC&D provides the fiscal and administrative management of these agreements and partners with conservation districts for technical and contracting assistance. However, any individual soil conservation district may develop its own relationship with its local DOD base.

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Protecting land near military bases through formal designation 
Military bases and operating areas can be recognized as critical areas and the legislature can require that lands near boundaries of these areas be set aside for compatible uses.

Md. Land Use Code Ann. §3-109

Coastal Zone Management
On May 8, 2013 the State of Maryland and the Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to work together to protect and enhance Maryland’s coastal resources, in a signing at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines how DOD facilities and projects will meet the federal law requirements of the Coastal Zone Management Act to ensure that their actions affecting these resources are consistent with State policies.

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A resolution supporting the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Program for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland.
This Wicomico County Resolution (90-2012) expresses support for the current military missions of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River and encourages the expansion of military installations in the future. It also endorses the preparation of a Joint Land Use Study for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River.  

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Smart Growth Subcabinet 
The Smart Growth Subcabinet began as the Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Subcabinet established by the Governor in January 1998 (Executive Order 01.01.1998.04). It was reformed by statute effective July 1, 2001 (Chapter 566, Acts of 2001; Code State Government Article, sec. 9-1406). The Subcabinet helps implement Smart Growth Policy, recommending to the Governor changes in State law, regulations, and procedures needed to support the Policy (Chapter 759, Acts of 1997). Since 2003, the Subcabinet also oversees the Priority Places Strategy (Executive Order 01.01.2003.33). Further, the Subcabinet works to create, enhance, support, and revitalize sustainable communities across Maryland (Chapter 487, Acts of 2010).

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Contact:
Karen Kennedy
c/o Dept. of Planning
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2365
(410) 767-4485
kkennedy@mdp.state.md.us

Smart Growth Coordinating Committee
To help the Smart Growth Subcabinet implement Smart Growth Policy, the Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Coordinating Subcommittee was created by the Governor in January 1998 (Executive Order 01.01.1998.04). Later, it assumed its present name. The Committee helps administer programs, projects, and activities in Priority Funding Areas and targeted communities in those areas. In Maryland, areas where local and State governments want to encourage development and growth and which meet certain criteria for water and sewage systems, population density, and land use capabilities may qualify as Priority Funding Areas. Such places include existing municipalities; land within the Washington, DC Beltway (I-495) and the Baltimore Beltway (I-695); and areas already designated as enterprise zones, neighborhood revitalization areas, heritage areas, or industrial land. 

Contact:
Arabia M. Davis 
(410) 767-4613
arabia.davis@maryland.gov

Maryland Wildlife Diversity Conservation Plan
The Maryland Wildlife Diversity Conservation Plan is an action plan for guiding the conservation of the State’s wide diversity of fish and wildlife. It summarizes the current efforts in Maryland’s wildlife conservation. The Natural Heritage Program, part of the Wildlife and Heritage Service, has taken the lead in the plan’s development, with significant input from the Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) and other public and private stakeholders. This may coincide with the Military Installation Natural Resource Plans and Conservation Targets

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Real Estate Disclosure Requirements

Maryland’s real estate disclosure law (Md. Ann. Code Real Prop. § 14-117 “Notice of potential high noise levels from proximity to military installation”) requires that a contract for the sale of residential real property shall contain the following statement:  “Buyer is advised that the property may be located near a military installation that conducts flight operations, munitions testing, or military operations that may result in high noise levels.” This law, however, does not apply in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington counties.  

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Noise Pollution

Md. Ann. Code. Env. Title 3 provides that the people of the state have a right to an environment that is free from any noise that: may jeopardize their health, general welfare, or property; or degrades the quality of their lives. The statute provides for the Department of the Environment to seek appropriate resources to ensure enforcement of the sound level limits and noise control rules and regulations adopted under this title and establishes the Environmental Noise Advisory Council. The statute also does not limit the power of a county or local government to adopt noise control ordinances, rules, or regulations unless they are less stringent than the environmental noise standards, sound level limits, and noise control rules and regulations adopted under this title.    

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Administrative

Military Installation Council
Md. Economic Development Code Ann. §§11-201 et seq. (Created by 2003 House Bill 888; amended by 2010 Senate Bill 55)

Contact:
Lisa Swoboda
MMIC Liasion
401 E. Pratt St., 15th Flr
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-767-6077

Office of Military and Federal Affairs
The Office of Military and Federal Affairs, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Business and Economic Development, was created to develop business relationships between U.S. military bases, federal laboratories, and private companies in Maryland to implement strategies for creating and retaining jobs, and redeveloping abandoned military sites. The Office also provides administrative duties to the Maryland Military Installation Council.

Federal Facilities Advisory Board
In 2009, the Federal Facilities Advisory Board was created by Governor Martin O’Malley. The Board is charged with developing a comprehensive plan to maximize business opportunities for Maryland firms with the more than fifty federal facilities, twelve military installations, and the influx of BRAC-related jobs in the State.

Contact:
Michelle D. Jackson
Federal Facilties Advisory Board
401 E. Pratt St., 7th Flr
Baltimore, MD 21202 
(410) 767-6881
mijackson@choosemaryland.org


State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Brigadier General J. Michael Hayes, Director
Office of Military and Federal Affairs
Department of Business and Economic Development
217 East Redwood St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3316
(410) 767-2988
mhayes@choosemaryland.org

Adjutant General (also serves as Governor’s Military Advisor)
Brigadier General James A. Adkins, Adjutant General
Military Department
Fifth Regiment Armory
219 29th Division St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2288
(410) 576-6097
(410) 576-6079 fax
james.a.adkins@us.army.mil

Dominick E. Murray 
Secretary, Department of Business & Economic Development
World Trade Center, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-6301; 1-800-541-8549 (toll free)
fax: (410) 333-8628
dmurray@choosemaryland.org

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
Jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to military affairs issues in the state of Maryland is widely distributed among Committees in both the House and Senate.  The Senate Committee on Judiciary Proceedings and the House Committee on Judiciary are listed as Committees of primary jurisdiction, though jurisdiction is scattered widely across all Committees. The Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs has a standing BRAC subcommittee that has primary jurisdiction over BRAC issues.  The Maryland Military Installation Council and the BRAC Subcabinet serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the General Assembly on issues relating to the military. 

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Judiciary Proceedings
Senator Brian E. Frosh, Chairman
Ms. Shirleen M. Pilgrim, Assistant to the Chairman
2 East Miller Senate Building
Annapolis, Maryland  21401-1991
(410) 841-3623

House Committee on the Judiciary
Representative Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Douglas R. Nestor, Assistant to the Chairman
Lowe House Office Building, Room 121
Annapolis, Maryland  21401-1991
(410) 841-3488
​joseph.vallario@house.state.md.us

Mr. Douglas R. Nestor, Assistant to the Chairman
House Office Building, Room 101
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401 
(410) 841-3488