Civilian-Military Land Use Compatibility
Study Purpose and Development
The purpose of this study is to develop useful tools that promote compatible civilian-military land use. This study is part of Washington State’s work to understand its role as a fellow participant in these ongoing efforts to promote compatible development around the military installations that we host.
DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN—Comment window open until 8/1/2017
We are currently accepting comments on the draft implementation plan, Washington State Military and Community Compatibility Strategy (Draft), prepared by an independent consultant, the Spectrum Group. This draft plan will guide implementation of the legislative report recommendations and help Commerce set priorities for the military land use compatibility program. Implementation pathways in the plan will guide Commerce in three key areas—enhanced communication, legislation/funding, and technical assistance opportunities.
Stakeholder input on this draft implementation plan will help us shape our priorities in the final version.
We invite you to review and comment on the draft implementation plan.
The public comment period will close August 1, 2017. Click the links below to review the draft and supply comment:
Comments by survey form
Program Background and Resources
In 2015 the Washington State Legislature and Governor initiated a study to examine land use conflicts around military installations and related best practices (2015 ESSB 6052.SL, Section 128, and 2016 2ESHB 2376, Section 126). Commerce partnered with Eastern Washington University to publish a draft report on nationwide best practices and preliminary recommendations.
In 2016, supported by state and Department of Defense funding, Commerce selected the Spectrum Group, an independent consultant to conduct additional outreach and finalize the report to the legislature. Commerce submitted the final report to the legislature, Civilian-Military Land Use Study in December 2016. As an outcome from the 2016 legislative report, the Spectrum Group has produced a draft implementation plan for Commerce, entitled Washington State Military and Community Compatibility Strategy (Draft). Following a comment period and revision, the final version is scheduled for release by December 31, 2017.
Dec. 2016 Final Legislative Report—The Spectrum Group/Commerce (PDF)
Program Information and Related Materials
RCW 36.70A.530 Land use development incompatible with military installation not allowed (external link)
PAW Annual Conference Presentation, May 2017 (PDF)
Military Land Use Study—Brief, Dec. 2016 (PDF)
“Phase 1 Draft Report” Overview Presentation, Dec. 2015 (PDF)
Military Affairs Council Presentation, Oct. 2015 (PDF)
Commerce-GMS-OEA Grant Application 2016 (PDF)
Commerce-OEDC/WMA-OEA Defense Industry Adjustment Program (external link)
- Growth Management
- Governor's Smart Communities Awards Program
- GMA Laws and Rules
- GMA Periodic Update
- Growth Management Grants
- Growth Management Topics
- Guidebooks and Resources
- Military Base Compatibility Study
- Regional Planners' Forums
- Short Course on Local Planning
- Submitting Materials to the State for Review