Joint Land Use Study Brings JBLM & Local Communities Together to Plan

Here's an interesting partnership: the City of Tacoma, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and a list of other towns and public entities around our area are partnering with Joint Base Lewis-McChord on a land use strategy for the area surrounding the base. The Joint Land Use Study is intended to identify land use issues surrounding the joint base, and collaboratively plan to address challenges and opportunities.

The JBLM JLUS is a collaborative process among federal, regional, and local governments and agencies; tribes; the public; and the south Puget Sound region’s military installations: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and Camp Murray. The study is designed to create a collective regional dialogue around sometimes complex issues of balancing military operational demands and mission changes with the region’s and local communities’ land use plans, economic development and infrastructure needs, and goals for environmental sustainability. The study area generally encompasses those communities within two miles of the JBLM boundary.

The study will focus on areas where military institution operations come into potential conflict with surrounding communities, and ways of resolving any potential incompatibilities. In such cases, the JBLM JLUS website says, technical staff and leaders from on base and off will come together to address the problem.

The project will be done in four phases. This first phase, through late this year will consist of an assessment of existing conditions and issues in the study area. Phase two, planned for this winter through next March, will be the identification of current and foreseeable compatibility challenges based on land use, growth and development trends, and civilian and military interests and mission needs. In Phase three, recommendations will be made for improving compatibility between military and civilian land uses, beginning in March, and continuing through September 2015. The final phase will be implementation of recommendations. 

The project calls for public involvement, which in Tacoma begins with a public meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., conveniently scheduled at the same time as the Tacoma City Council meeting for the week.

Other than the congestion on I-5 around JBLM, which is already being discussed, what "compatibility challenges" do you see involving the base?


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