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) funnels 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 a 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. Additionally, it facilitates coordination between military installation commanders and local government planners by providing a funding mechanism for the implementation of compatible land use solutions.

2022 Project Solicitation

This year’s project application window has closed. Applications will be reviewed and scored to develop a ranked list to include in the 2022 Legislative Report.  

Project Guidelines:

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. 
  • Projects to enable local communities heavily dependent on a nearby military installation to diversify the local economy so as to reduce the economic dependence on the military base.

Applicant Guidelines:

Applicants must be local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes or other entities in an agreement with a state military installation under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program.

DCCA Program History

The year 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 2019 DCCA Legislative Report in January, 2020.  

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 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

Contact

Genevieve Dial
Program Manager, DCCA
Senior Planner
Gen.Dial@commerce.wa.gov
509-675-5508