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State of Washington, Washington

Washington State developed strategies to facilitate efforts for civilian development that are compatible with the military mission of installations throughout the state.  

The Washington State Department of Commerce developed statewide strategies and actions to facilitate and complement local government efforts to promote compatible civilian development in support of continued military operations. The 18-month statewide planning effort, completed in 2017, began with a review of recommendations from a recently completed Joint Land Use Studies (JLUS).   

The JLUS represents a community-driven planning and coordination process among Washington communities and area military installations, to promote compatible civilian development in support of military readiness and defense capabilities; protect public health, safety, general welfare, and quality of life; promote the economic viability of the communities; and foster continued communication among the military installations and the surrounding Washington communities to address compatibility issues. The JLUS planning process benefits both the military installation and its supporting communities by identifying areas where existing and future land use conflicts might occur, and where mitigation strategies, ordinances, and future planning may counter possible civilian development that may impair continued military operations.

Washington is home to several military installations and air fields, and associated ranges, operation areas, and training routes. These installations comprise 438,789 Department of Defense-owned acres and 941,051 total acres in the state. Potential encroachment challenges and concerns that may adversely impact continued military operations include urban development, noise, and wind farms; traffic congestion; and wildlife habitat management.

This planning effort produced: 

  • Legislative Report with a baseline assessment of Washington State’s role and responsibilities to promote compatible land use practices in support of continued military operations, and
  • Proposed Washington State Military and Community Compatibility Strategy that establishes a framework for state initiatives to support and enhance ongoing efforts of local government to promote compatible community land use development. The Legislative Report includes a set of recommendations for consideration by the Legislature and the Governor.  The Washington State Military and Community Compatibility Strategy outlines a path and timeline towards carrying out the preferred recommendations of the Legislature and the Governor in their support toward local jurisdictions’ ongoing compatibility efforts.

 The objectives of the two deliverables are to:

  • Identify and assess existing conditions and recommendations from recently completed Joint Land Use Studies in Washington;
  • Map processes linked to land use compatibility and the roles of agencies/stakeholders;
  • Conduct a gap analysis;
  • Provide recommendations for consideration by the Legislature and the Governor;
  • Continue to grow the state’s capacity for civilian-military coordination; and
  • Set a course for maintaining the state’s compatibility effort.

Point of Contact:

Deanah Watson         

Associate Planner

Washington State Department of Commerce

(509) 290-4754

deanah.watson@commerce.wa.gov

Program: Compatible Use
State:
WA
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