Bill Adamson (253) 983-7772 • Fax (253) 983-7895 •
Program Manager



The 2015 JBLM JLUS was 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 was designed to create a collective regional dialogue around the 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 encompassed those communities within two miles of the JBLM boundary.

The JBLM JLUS is a four-part planning process that starts with understanding conditions and issues in the study area and then identifying both current and foreseeable compatibility challenges based on land use, growth and development trends, and civilian and military interestts and mission needs. Compatibility challenges can occur when military operations produce impacts, such as noise that affect surrounding communities or when civilian growth and development interfere with the ability to conduct military operations safely and effectively.

Based on analysis and public and agency feedback, the JLUS then developed recommendations to promote greater compatibility between military activities and civilian land uses. The process concluded with a detailed look at action steps to implement recommendations. These recommendations are not binding, but participants are asked to make a good faith efforts to implement proposed action steps.

Involvement by the public and participating agencies was emphasized at all stages of the planning process.

Phase 1: Existing Conditions – Spring 2014 through Winter 2015
Phase 2: Compatibility Analysis – Winter 2015 through Spring 2015
Phase 3: Plan Development – Summer 2015
Phase 4: Implementation – Summer 2015




South Puget Sound cities and counties periodically update their Comprehensive Plans to stay in compliance with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). By collaborating with JBLM during this process, local communities’ land use plans can be evaluated for existing or potential conflicts with the military installation’s operations. Where incompatibilities are identified, technical staff and leaders from both on-base and off will work together in good faith to develop recommendations — for example, zoning amendments, or new policies — that will, if implemented, protect the long-term sustainability of the installation while also supporting the communities’ needs.

   2015 Joint Land Use Study Documents:

What is the 2015 JBLM JLUS all about?                                         Executive Summary
Existing Conditions Report
Land Use Compatibility Analysis  
Implementation Plan  
Land Use Map Handout

Clear Zone Project Description.pdf

1992 JBLM Joint Land Use Study

  Joint Land Use Study Participating Agencies:

  • South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP)
  • Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
  • Pierce County
  • Thurston County
  • City of Lakewood
  • City of DuPont
  • City of Tacoma
  • Town of Steilacoom
  • City of Lacey
  • City of Yelm
  • City of Roy
  • City of Rainier
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
  • Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord Headquarters and staff


The JBLM JLUS incorporates regional transportation work already in progress by WSDOT and other South Puget Sound partners. The JLUS does not include a separate transportation study.

To learn more about the ongoing work on the I-5 JBLM corridor, we encourage you to visit the WSDOT project page .



For more information, contact the South Sound Military & Communities Patrnership at (253) 983-7772.