Defense Community Compatibility Account

Washington state’s 2019 legislative session created the Defense Community Compatibility Account with Substitute Senate Bill 5748  to support necessary infrastructure and support compatible land use and infrastructure near Washington military installations.

The purpose of the program is to provide the first statewide framework for evaluating and prioritizing projects that enhance the economy, environment and quality of life opportunities for local communities affected by the presence of military installations.

Program development

The Defense Community Compatibility Account (DCCA) is aimed at funneling the numerous civilian-military land use projects through a central evaluation process to present the Legislature with a list of vetted, eligible projects ready to address compatibility issues across the state. With the development of this program, Washington joins 19 other states that provide funding opportunities to promote compatibility between the military and their host communities. 

DCCA promotes land use compatibility between communities and military installations by providing consistent and programmatic framework for soliciting and evaluating civilian-military compatibility projects. Project solicitation and evaluations help identify and prioritize needs from numerous communities that are affected by military activities. It facilitates coordination between military installation commanders and local government planners by providing a funding mechanism for the implementation of compatible land use solutions.

2019 project solicitation​

September and October 2019 marked the program’s initial application window, formally soliciting applications for projects that promote compatible development near military installations in Washington. The list of projects was submitted to the Legislature in the form of the 2019 DCCA Legislative Report in January, 2020.  

A wide variety of compatibility-related projects are eligible for the program, including the following list of project activities per SSB 5748.

  • Projects to jointly assist in the recovery or protection of endangered species dependent on military installation property for habitat.​
  • Projects or programs to increase the availability of housing affordable to enlisted military personnel and nonmilitary residents in the local community.​
  • Projects to retrofit existing uses to increase their compatibility with existing or future military operations.​
  • Projects that aid communities to replace jobs lost in the event of a reduction of the military presence.​
  • Projects that improve or enhance aspects of the local economy, environment, or quality of life impacted by the presence of military activities.​

The 2019/2020 prioritized project list:

A total of seven projects were received during the application window. Projects were evaluated using a scoring matrix and prioritization process in accordance with the requirements and recommendations outlined in the authorizing statute. Funding determinations are to be made by the Legislature.

RankApplicantProject type
1South Sound Military Communities PartnershipHousing
2South Sound Military Communities PartnershipLand acquisition
3Lakewood Water District Water Quality/Public Health
4South Sound Military Communities PartnershipTransportation
5City of Lakewood Transportation
6Center for Natural Land ManagementSpecies recovery
7Center for Natural Land ManagementConservation/Stewardship

Program phases​

Phase 1: August 2019

  • Program launch
  • Initiative ongoing program outreach

Phase 1: Sept. 3 – Nov. 1, 2019

  • Initial application window
  • Question-and-answer period

Phase 1: Nov. 1 – Jan. 1, 2020

  • Evaluate and rank projects
  • Submit initial biennial report and project list to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2020

Phase 2: 2020

  • Form advisory commission
  • Conduct rule making
  • Develop and review ranking criteria
  • Solicit calls for projects

Phase 2: 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

  • Evaluate and rank projects
  • Submit biennial report and project list due to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2022.

Due to the narrow six-month timeline before the deadline of the first report required by SSB 5748 and to meet the initial biennial reporting requirement by Jan.1, 2020, Commerce implemented DCCA using a phased approach. The first phase included program development, including outreach materials, stakeholder engagement, an initial call for projects, and the evaluation of application submittals. 

Starting in 2020, the second phase will include broader and more extensive program development, additional project scoping and planning, development of permanent objective project ranking criteria, and further refinement of ongoing program messaging, outreach and engagement efforts, including opportunity for public hearings. Rulemaking may be conducted to update the Washington Administrative Code with clarifying information to support implementation. Implementation of all statutory requirements calls for additional program work between the biennial reports, including outreach with military installations in the state, local governments, and other entities eligible for future grant rounds. Commerce will form a citizen’s advisory commission composed of community stakeholders to develop objective criteria for the evaluation and ranking of future project applications. Additionally, a program staff member will dedicate time to helping applicants with project development to assure projects are ready to proceed, build relationships with defense communities, and provide assistance with ongoing land use compatibility work at the local level. Phase two implements all statutory elements listed in SSB 5748 and will serve as the foundation for program standards going forward. Project application opportunities will take place on a biennial basis. Commerce will submit the second legislative report to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2022

Program outreach

Commerce recognizes the importance of community and stakeholder input for effective project solicitation and implementation. Ongoing outreach will be conducted with a variety of representatives from federal agencies, U.S. department of defense installations in Washington, federally recognized Indian tribes in the state, city, county and state governments, associations, advocacy and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, neighborhood-based organizations, public development authorities, and other interested parties. Opportunity for engagement will be announced throughout the program outreach schedule. 

Program documents

Need Help?

Genevieve Dial
Program Manager, DCCA
Senior Planner
(509) 675-5508