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BRAC: Challenges & Opportunities. The Role of BRAC in Building Maryland’s Future. BRAC Planning. The Lt. Governor & the BRAC Subcabinet are preparing an Action Plan to address the needs of residents and businesses due to arrive in Maryland from BRAC.

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brac challenges opportunities
BRAC: Challenges & Opportunities

The Role of BRAC in

Building Maryland’s Future

brac planning
BRAC Planning
  • The Lt. Governor & the BRAC Subcabinet are preparing an Action Plan to address the needs of residents and businesses due to arrive in Maryland from BRAC.
  • The BRAC Action Plan will maximize and leverage the opportunities created by BRAC by identifying projects, programs and initiatives to keep Maryland prosperous, safe and sustainable.
brac planning principles
BRAC Planning Principles:
  • Work with the County & municipal governments to identify a common Vision within which interests can be aligned and a strategies established to address needs efficiently and effectively;
  • Planning work is focused on identifying and eliminating barriers to broad and specific goals, ensure project certainty, and streamlined to avoid project delays;
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BRAC Planning Principles:
  • Coordinate and build upon efforts that support growth management, community revitalization, reduce infrastructure expenses, and generate economic activity;
  • Build on existing technical capacity to create an atmosphere of cooperation & good-will between state & local governments to ease future interactions.
key numbers for the eight jurisdiction region
Key Numbers for the Eight-Jurisdiction Region
  • 15,000 direct jobs.
  • 40-60,000 indirect jobs.
  • 25,000 associated households.




Priority Funding Areas

& Protected Lands

key brac issues
Key BRAC Issues:
  • Increased development pressure, particularly in Harford and Cecil Counties.
  • Many jurisdictions will need to take significant steps now to enable their growth areas to accommodate more development capacity.
  • At the same time take action to protect important rural & natural areas.
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Key BRAC Issues:
  • Of the 25,300 households, 21,600, or 85%, are expected in PFAs / growth areas.
  • 3,700, or 15%, are expected to locate outside of a PFA/sewer areas.
  • Tapping the reservoir of capacity that exists within Baltimore City.
strategically approach brac challenges and opportunities
Strategically Approach BRAC Challenges and Opportunities:


  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Commercial Development
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Health & Human Services
  • Work Force Development
  • Natural
  • Financial
housing affordability by census tract for repeat buyers 2002 2006

Housing Affordability by Census Tract for Repeat Buyers, 2002 - 2006

(Based on Statewide Median Household Incomes)

closing thoughts
Closing Thoughts
  • BRAC is not the sole driver of growth in the State.
  • Focused, well coordinated planning is critical.
  • There will be smart growth, sprawl growth, and deflected growth.
  • Partnerships will be necessary. Everyone has a role – public, private and non-profit sectors.