Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)-and its community-was nominated and then thoroughly vetted by the Office of Economic Adjustment, looking for a good faith effort to collaborate on a community and installation investment of time, resource and subject matter expertise for the comprehensive project. Additionally, leadership buy in was paramount and commitment was required from the Garrison Commander, County Executives, and Commissioners to support the process and associated milestones.
The CSSC, through Harford County, made an application to secure funding for an independent consultant who, once awarded, conducted extensive interviews with organizational leadership, constructed mapping, and identified a playbook to address any issues for mitigation. Although the playbook is non-binding, it serves to guide both APG and adjacent communities in addressing compatible land use issues associated with growth. Public workshops and presentations were conducted in each participating jurisdiction to ensure public engagement in the process as well.