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Transfer of Development Rights
Washington H.B. 1172 of 2009 requires the department of community, trade, and economic development to establish a regional transfer of development rights program in central Puget Sound, including King, Kitsap, Snohomish, and Pierce counties and the cities and towns within these counties. The regional transfer of development rights program is voluntary, incentive based, and separate, but compatible with existing local transfer of development rights programs. Provides the regional transfer of development rights program should be established for the central Puget Sound as the first phase of a program that can be expanded to other counties or replicated in other regions in the future.

H.B. 1172 of 2009

Land Use Planning Around Military Installations
Revised Code of Washington §36.70A.530 (Chapter 28, §2 of 2004) requires that cities and counties' comprehensive plans, development regulations or their amendments "should not allow development in the vicinity of a military installation that is incompatible with the installation's ability to carry out its mission requirements." Cities and counties with military installations (other than a reserve center) of more than 100 personnel must notify the installation commander of their intent to amend the comprehensive plan or development regulations to "address lands adjacent to military installations to ensure those lands are protected from incompatible development". This notice shall provide the commander 60 days to provide a written recommendation with supporting facts. If no response is received from the commander, than the local government may presume that the "implementation of the proposed plan or amendment" will not have an adverse effect on the installation's operations.

R.C.W. §36.70A.530

Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs
Chapter 141, §1 of 2005 (Revised Code of Washington §73.04.150) establishes that the Joint Committee on Veterans' and Military Affairs in the Washington Legislature, originally established under in 2001 by Chapter 268 § 1, is a permanent committee.  Previous law provided for the expiration of the Committee on December 31, 2005. The Committee's duties include studying "veteran's issues, active military forces issues, and national guard and reserve component issues and make recommendations to the Legislature."

R.C.W. §73.04.150

Open Space/Conservation

Conservation Easement Statutes
Revised Code of Washington §84.34.200 et seq. provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorize the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Washington Department of Natural Resources administers the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is intended to protect forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases.

Julie Armbruster
Forest Legacy Project Manager

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Community Forest Trust
Washington H.B. 1421 of 2011 authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to create and manage the Community Forest Trust (CFT). The measure directs the CFT to identify goals and lands for inclusion. The measure also allows the CFT to acquire parcels for through purchase, gift, donation, grant, transfer, or other means other than eminent domain. 

H.B. 1421 of 2011

Office of Farmland Preservation
Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation creating a statewide Office of Farmland Preservation in May 2007 (RCW 89.08.530), as part of her Working Lands Initiative.  Among other duties, the office is authorized to: provide assistance to the Conservation Commission in implementing the existing Agricultural Conservation Easements Program; develop recommendations for the funding level of the Agricultural Conservation Easements Account; develop a model program and tools to retain agricultural land for agricultural production; develop a grant process and an eligibility certification process for localities to receive grants for local programs and tools to retain agricultural lands for agricultural production; and serve as a clearinghouse for conservation programs.

Mr. Josh Giuntoli, Coordinator 
Office of Farmland Preservation
Washington State Conservation Commission
(360) 407-6200  

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Trust Land Transfer Program 
The Department of Natural Resources administers the Trust Land Transfer program, which provides an opportunity to retain identified special trust lands in public ownership while maintaining and improving economic return to trust beneficiaries.  Under the program, the Department provides a list of site recommendations to the Legislature to transfer state school lands with special values to local or state governments, which then protect the lands as parks, natural areas or wildlife habitat.  The Legislature then approves and funds the transfer of the parcels.  The program has helped address the need for school construction, protect the state’s natural heritage, and has resulted in upgrading school trust assets to generate long-term revenue for school construction.  

Robert Winslow
Trust Land Transfer Program Manager

Trust Land Transfer Program for 2013-2015
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Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for local and state parks, water access sites, trails, critical habitat, natural areas, riparian and urban wildlife habitat, and farmland preservation.  The program was created by the Legislature in 1990 (Revised Code of Washington §79A.15.040) in response to increasing public demand for outdoor recreation land and growing concerns about loss of wildlife habitat.  Grant applications are evaluated in seven categories: local parks, state parks, water access, trails, critical habitat, natural areas, and urban wildlife habitat. Applications are evaluated annually in a competitive process by teams with expertise specific to those categories. The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board submits prioritized lists of projects to the Governor and Legislature for final approval. Funding comes from the sale of general obligation bonds and is allocated to each category based on formulas established by law.

Joanna Grist, Executive Director
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
(206) 748-0082
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Puget Sound Regional Economic Council: Military Cluster Strategy
The Puget Sound Regional Economic Council consists of a variety of stakeholders including representatives from the private and public sectors and military officials. The Council’s Military Working Group created several initiatives including taking a proactive and coordinated approach to address encroachment or other factors impacting military training, missions, and installations. Specific steps include establishing a process to create a comprehensive land and air use plan to guide regional and local planning and facilitating the solution of base-specific encroachment concerns or other factors 

Related to base operations by engaging stakeholder groups and providing best practice information.

Rick Olson, Director of Government Relations and Communications
(206) 971-3050
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Spokane Planning Ordinance
The City of Spokane passed Ordinance No. C34850 which encourages compatible development between Spokane and Fairchild Air Force Base. The ordinance promotes prevention of encroachment of the land adjacent to Fairchild through collaboration and joint planning and mandating that the city Comprehensive Plan and development rules not permit incompatible development near the installation.

Sue Passmore, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor
(509) 720-5106
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South Sound Military and Communities Partnership 
The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership was established to oversee the coordination and the resolution of growth issues and impacts in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord region. The Partnership seeks to identify opportunities for increased collaboration with and support for the military.

Partnership Website
2013 Legislative Assistant Presentation on Joint Base Lewis-McChord 
Land Use Brochure
Tasks for 2014
Joint Planning Study Narrative

Mary Huff, Program Coordinator 
(253) 983-7772 


Economic Impacts of the Military Bases in Washington
The Office of Financial Management prepared the July 2004 Report "Economic Impacts of the Military Bases in Washington." This report found that the state's military bases' "total labor earnings impact" is estimated to be $7.24 billion with a total job impact of 187,900 jobs. 

Economic Impacts of the Military Bases in Washington

Washington Biodiversity Council
In March 2004, former Governor Gary Locke issued Executive Order 04-02, which established the Washington Biodiversity Council. Through Executive Order 08-02 issued in March 2008, Governor Chris Gregoire extended the Council until June 30, 2010. She charged it with coordinating implementation of action items from the “Washington Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: Sustaining Our Natural Heritage for Future Generations.” Prepared by the Council in 2007, the strategy is a guide for conserving the state’s native plant and wildlife communities while taking into account the needs of cities, towns and owners of working lands.

Among its other responsibilities, the Council is to submit a 30 year plan to the Governor and the Legislature that will enable Washington to "sustainably protect its biodiversity heritage,” and to assess existing and potential landowner stewardship incentive programs. 

In May 2010, The Natural Resources Cabinet directs the Biodiversity Council and the Recreation and Conservation Office to divide up council projects and responsibilities. In June 2011, staff complete the transition of projects to state agency partners. Conservation Opportunity Maps are part of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's data viewer and also are part of the LandScope Washington's map viewer (administered by the Washington Natural Heritage Program). The Biodiversity Conservation Toolbox for Planners is hosted now by the Department of Commerce, Growth Management Services.

Washington Biodiversity Project
Washington Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
Executive Order 08-02

State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Ms. Cathy Senn, Executive Assistant 
Washington Military Department
Office of the Adjutant General
1 Militia Drive, Building 1
Camp Murray, Washington 98430-5000
(253) 512-8201
(253) 512-8497 fax

Adjutant General
Major General Bret D. Daugherty, Adjutant General
Washington Military Department
Office of the Adjutant General
1 Militia Drive, Building 1
Camp Murray, Washington 98430-5000
(253) 512-8201
(253) 512-8497 fax

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs is not a standing committee of the Washington Legislature.  However, all legislation pertaining to or impacting military facilities is supposed to be forwarded to the Joint Committee at the inception of the legislative session for review.  The Joint Committee has no specific authorization to pass or kill legislation, but only makes recommendations to other Committees.  Joint Committee staff indicate that the Legislature refers to the Office of the Adjutant General as the primary liaison on military affairs issues.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs
Representative Tina Orwall, Co-Chair
JLOB 326
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, Washington 98504-0600
(360) 786-7834

Senator Pam Roach, Co-Chair
112 Irv Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40431
Olympia, Washington 98504-0444
(360) 786-7660

Mr. Sam Brown, Senate Counsel
(360) 786-7470

Mr. Sean Flynn, House Counsel
(360) 786-7124

Ms. Cindy Cobb, House Legislative Assistant
(360) 786-7258