New Website to Help Aberdeen Proving Ground, Surrounding Communities Plan for Growth

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Harford County’s Office of Community & Economic Development has launched a website to support compatible land use and to help Aberdeen Proving Ground and neighboring communities thrive together as a defense community. The website, https://apg-chesapeakejlus.com, has resources to facilitate planning between the Army installation and the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, a collaborative entity of the regional communities surrounding APG.

Recommended
by a recent Joint Land Use Study, and funded by federal grants, the website is
a hub of information for government officials, businesses, and the public.
Studies published on the site look at redevelopment opportunities, transit
development options, and environmental resilience along the Chesapeake Bay. The
website also hosts educational videos, including how APG accommodates nesting
bald eagles.

“Like
all good neighbors, APG and surrounding jurisdictions cooperate for our mutual
benefit,” Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said.  “This website and
the growing list of resources it provides will help us all plan, solve
problems, and prosper together.” 

The website navigates users
through the three studies that were completed during the Joint Land Use Study’s
second phase. The studies include:

The Joint Land Use Study website educational videos (https://apg-chesapeakejlus.com/1165/The-Videos) include:

  • A
    comprehensive look at the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor as a
    defense community;
  • Background
    the Joint Land Use Study; 
  • An
    exploration of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s bald eagle population and related
    conservation efforts, and;
  • Aberdeen
    Proving Ground’s 100-year legacy of innovation.

The full Joint Land Use Study playbook, findings, and recommendations can be found at https://apg-chesapeakejlus.com/101/Joint-Land-Use-Study. With these recommendations, developers and citizens have a playbook to improve their community for the future.

ABOUT THE JOINT LAND USE
STUDY

The
Joint Land Use Study was commissioned to look at compatible land use between
Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor that
would allow for symbiotic growth and development. The study process began in
2013. In 2015, project consultant Matrix Design Group released a “playbook” of
recommended collaborative growth opportunities. Implementation of these
recommendations was broken down into two phases to start: Phase One resulted in
the Edgewood Small Area Study that made specific recommendations for Edgewood
redevelopment, and Phase Two involved the three analyses listed above. All four
studies are available on the new website. The study was prepared under
contract with the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor with financial
support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The
Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development serves as the
lead agency for the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor and liaison with
Aberdeen Proving Ground.

ABOUT
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND

Aberdeen
Proving Ground is the nation’s oldest research, development, test and
evaluation mega-base for Army innovation. With more than 4,000 advanced-degreed
personnel among its 28,000 civilian, contract, and military workers and their
families, Aberdeen Proving Ground is a major Maryland economic driver and
fixture of the community. Its success and the success of the Chesapeake Science
& Security Corridor are inherently linked.

ABOUT
THE CHESAPEAKE SCIENCE & SECURITY CORRIDOR

The
Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) established in 2007, is a
multi-jurisdictional consortium comprised of more than 50+ partnering
organizations and agencies, committed to supporting the mission of Aberdeen
Proving Ground and economic vitality for the region. The Corridor was named a
Great American Defense Community by the Association of Defense Communities in
2018, in part due to its work on the Joint Land Use Study.

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