Prince George's County Planning Department

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Study Program

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Implementation Committee—The JLUS Implementation Committee, established to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), with assistance from the Prince George's County Planning Department, is holding quarterly meetings on the second Friday of the month. The meetings are from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. at the dates and locations listed below:  

2015 Meeting Schedule

At M-NCPPC's Lakeside Offices (Jane Jacobs Conference Room), 14422 Old Mill Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772:    

Friday, December 11

If you have any questions about the Joint Land Use Study, the committee, or the committee’s long-term work program, please contact Project Manager Scott Rowe in the Prince George’s County Planning Department at 301-952-3521.

The Prince George's County Council has scheduled a public hearing on November 10, 2015.  On September 30, 2015, the Council's Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development (PZED) Committee voted 3-0-1 to advance CB-42-2015 for consideration by the full Council. PZED conducted hearings on CB-42-2015 on June 17 and September 30. 

On June 9, 2015, the Prince George's County Council presented CB-42-2015, the Military Installation Overlay Zone and referred it to PZED. PZED will consider this bill at an upcoming meeting. The Military Installation Overlay Zone creates permanent land use controls for the areas of the County impacted by flight operations at Joint Base Andrews. Enactment of this new zoning legislation will be followed by a map amendment process through which the County's official zoning map will be amended to reflect the geographic parameters of this new overlay zone. CB-42-2015 will be discussed at the June 12, 2015, meeting of the JLUS Implementation Committee.  


On September 11, 2007, the District Council passed CR-61-2007, which authorized the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in cooperation with the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment and Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews Air Force Base).

Following the Office of Economic Adjustment’s JLUS guidelines, a Technical Committee and Policy Committee were formed to create the JLUS. Between September 2008 and October 2009, the two committees worked to develop recommendations for compatible development in the base’s Accident Potential Zones (APZ I and APZ II). Regulating land uses within these zones is a critical issue from the perspective of public health, safety, and welfare and forms the primary focus of the JLUS. The study determined that the public’s exposure to hazards may be reduced through planning for low-density land uses and development patterns. The JLUS basic criteria for APZ I and APZ II land use guidelines include preventing uses that:

  • Promote concentrations of large numbers of people for an extended duration.
  • Specifically cater to people who may not be able to respond to an emergency situation such as children, the elderly, handicapped citizens, and those requiring medical attention.
  • Are highly labor intensive.
  • Create a hazard to the public due to the storage or use of explosive, flammable, or toxic material(s) in outdoor, above-ground storage tanks.

The Department of Defense defines low-intensity land uses as those that limit commercial, service, or industrial buildings to an occupancy range of 25–50 people per acre. The JLUS study recommendations incorporate this approach of limiting non-residential uses by promoting uses that have a lower number of employees and customers.  

Other study recommendations include strategies for mitigating base area noise impacts, ensuring building height compatibility, promoting base area economic development, and protecting environmental and historic assets.

Final Study

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study is now available on-line. The study's recommendations were presented to the County Council on November 17, 2009.  Click here to view.

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

Who Prepared the JLUS Report?

The Planning Department staff worked with two committees, the Policy Committee and the Technical Committee, to prepare the study. The Policy Committee provided guidance for the process and approved the study recommendations. This committee included elected officials and their representatives, military personnel, state government staff, and a business community representative. The Technical Committee, comprised of county, state, and military staff, provided professional advice.