Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission


Colocation of Public Facilities for Montgomery County, Montgomery County, Maryland

This project began with a Colocation White Paper in 2015 which led to a second phase targeting agency specific and county policy colocation opportunities. Colocation is defined as the sharing of real estate and services by two or more organizations. Colocation can offer many benefits, including resource conservation and operational cost effectiveness.

The Colocation White Paper addressed possible opportunities and challenges for colocation. Detailed case study / precedent examples were provided. The purpose of the subsequent colocation study was to examine historical, current and future colocation initiatives in Montgomery County and to document the findings and recommendations of a newly established Director’s Oversight Committee (DOC) comprised of nine County agencies / entities. Although the DOC’s focus was physical colocation opportunities (facilities), opportunities were recognized for agencies / departments to collaborate on business operations (i.e. information technology) and administration functions to improve future service delivery. 

The Montgomery County Council endorsed the study’s findings in Fall 2018. The colocation whitepaper is available by clicking here.   The colocation study is available here