Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study

Research and Demographic Studies

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study

Title:

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington Joint Land Use Study

Author:

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Prince George's County Planning Department

Publication Date:
12/01/2009
Source of Copies:

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Number of Pages:
150

Strategically located near Washington, D.C., Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington has supported military air operations since World War II. The air base was originally located on a natural plateau surrounded by rural land populated with small farms. After World War II, rapid suburbanization of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area brought new development to the vicinity of the base, with numerous residential neighborhoods, commercial properties, and public facilities springing into existence during the 1950s and 1960s. Development persisted around the base in the late twentieth century, intensified by the construction of the nearby Capital Beltway and the Green Line branch of Washington’s Metro system. New homes and businesses were added to the area as base air operations grew more complex, driven in part by Andrews’ proximity to the nation’s capital. As suburban growth surrounded the air installation, incompatibilities began to emerge. Homes and businesses were located in active flight paths, subjecting residents, owners, workers, and shoppers to noise impacts and potential safety hazards.