Civilian-Military Land Use Caompatibility

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:

June 2017 Draft Implementation Plan—the Spectrum Group/Commerce (PDF)

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[20], and 2016 2ESHB 2376, Section 126[19]). 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.

Legislative Report
Dec. 2016 Final Legislative Report—The Spectrum Group/Commerce (PDF)

Program information and related materials

Key Topics

Need help?

Deanah Watson
Program Manager
Associate Planner
(509) 290-4754

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