State to host two community workshops on civilian-military compatible land use planning on Whidbey Island in Coupeville Nov. 13, Oak Harbor Nov. 14

Department of Commerce seeking input to develop guidebook that will help communities plan for growth, development around military installations.

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce is drafting a Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility as a technical resource for local governments to use in planning for development near military installations. The next of eight community workshops to capture opinions and comments for the guidebook project are:


Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.

The Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

Oak Harbor

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Presentations begin at 6 p.m. with small group discussions following at approximately 6:30 p.m..

Commerce teamed with MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design LLP to draft the guidebook, due for final publication in June 2019. The project team is hosting community workshops for residents, businesses, local leaders, planners and others to learn what resources and information would be most useful to them.

The workshops are an opportunity for participants to offer input on the guidebook content and discuss best practices and lessons learned from local experiences and community planning. This outreach effort is separate from any specific military projects, and feedback from the workshops will not influence or respond to military activities.

The workshops are intended only to inform writing of a broad technical guidebook, primarily for land-use planning professionals, and also to help community members, local governments and the military collaborate on local growth management planning for the future.

Commerce will publish a draft guidebook for public comment in early spring. When completed, the guidebook will introduce community compatible land use for a large audience, followed by in-depth technical guidance for planning professionals. Topics are organized as follows:

Part 1: A Community Guide to the Principles of Compatibility Planning

  • Balancing Community Vision and Military Mission
  • Balancing Growth and Change with Compatibility
  • Citizen’s Guide to Compatibility and Planning in Washington State

Part 2: A Technical Guide to the Principles of Compatibility Planning

  • Compatibility Planning Process
  • Coordinated Planning Goals
  • Growth Management Act (GMA) Goals, Comprehensive Plans and Compatibility
  • Areas of Conflict and Opportunity
  • Compatibility Programs and Strategies

Part 3: Implementation Toolkit for Compatibility Planning

  • Policy Quick-Reference Guide
  • Worksheets and Examples
  • Consultation Quick-Reference Guide
  • Compatibility Glossary

“The military and defense sector is an important driver of Washington’s economy, supporting over 111,000 jobs and $12.3 billion in economic impact throughout the state,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “Robust public engagement is crucial to ensure that growth and development in and around U.S Department of Defense and state military installations takes place in a manner that benefits communities for years to come.”

An online survey is also available to gain broad input during this first phase of the project. A draft guidebook will be published for formal public comment in early spring 2019. To stay informed on upcoming outreach events and other developments related to the Washington State Guidebook on Military and Community Compatibility, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Media contact: Penny Thomas, Commerce Communications, (206) 256-6106

For more information, please visit the program webpage.

Program contacts:

Deanah Watson, Associate Planner/Program Manager, Growth Management Services

509-290-4754 |

Dave Andersen, Eastern Regional Manager, Growth Management Services

509-434-4491 |

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