2022 JBLM Growth Coordination Plan

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Growth Coordination Plan (GCP) is the product of partnerships formed to prepare for growth and change in the South Puget Sound region associated with the joint base.

The purpose of the 2022 GCP was to develop a long-range action plan that assesses existing conditions and create implementable and measurable action items that are designed to improve the quality of life in the South Sound Region while balancing military readiness and community interests.

The Coordination Plan has three intended uses: 1) To provide regional service providers with more information about JBLM population and employment they can use to better support military families in the region; 2) To provide JBLM and community providers with recommendations for leveraging the economic opportunities of base expansion and for providing adequate off-base support services; and 3) To provide public agencies with a consolidated document that provides supporting data for the opportunities and needs identified that can support future grant applications, and inform decision-makers of the urgency for implementation and benefits to both JBLM and the larger region. 

This study area does not follow the geographic boundaries of any one entity, jurisdiction, or service agency, and is unique to the needs of those within it. JBLM representatives, Washington State, and community leaders from Pierce and Thurston counties, Lakewood, Tacoma, DuPont, Steilacoom, Lacey, Yelm, Roy, area School Districts, health and social service agencies, and nonprofit service providers in Pierce and Thurston counties participated in the development of this Plan.

Growth Coordination Plan Study Area Map

Growth Coordination Plan Study Area Map

This document represents a collective effort to assess the region’s ability to address the impacts of past and future JBLM growth and change.  The intent of the Plan is to assist the communities in planning and preparing effectively to maintain and enhance the quality of life of the region as the installation grows in response to Base Realignment and Closure, Army Modular Force, and other Department of Defense initiatives.  

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2010 Growth Coordination Plan (GCP) includes Six Core Recommendations:

  • Formalize New Methods of Regional Collaboration
  • Improve Access to Information
  • Improve Access to Existing Services
  • Promote JBLM as a Center of Regional Economic Significance
  • Improve Support for Military Families
  • Improve Regional Mobility

As issues are resolved or become obsolete and new issues arise, the SSMCP will supplement its work and move beyond the Growth Coordination Plan while relying on the relationships built while it was developed.

Mission: Develop a long-range action plan that assesses existing conditions, identifies opportunities for improvements and establishes a framework of implementable and measurable action items that are designed to improve the quality of life in the JBLM Region while balancing military readiness and community interests.

The 2022 GCP builds on and updates the 2010 GCP. The current effort assesses the continued relevance of the strategies and priorities described in the 2010 GCP and, based on the assessment, modifies SSMCP Work Plan priorities. Many of the work plan recommendations outlined in the 2010 GCP have been completed. Likewise, the SSMCP has spearheaded the completion of the 2015 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) and most of its recommendations.

Document Sections:

GCP Executive Summary

Business & Economic Development
Business & Economic Development ECR
Business & Economic Development Needs and Recommendations
Business & Economic Development Strategy Sheets
Business & Economic Development Working Group Table

Education & Childcare
Education & Childcare ECR
Education & Childcare Needs and Recommendations


Healthcare ECR
Healthcare Needs and Recommendations
Healthcare Strategy Sheets
Healthcare Table


Housing ECR
Housing Needs and Recommendations
Housing Strategy Sheets
Housing Working Group Table

Social Services
Social Services ECR
Social Services Needs and Recommendations
Social Services Strategy Sheets
Social Services Working Group Table

Transportation ECR
Transportation Needs and Recommendations
Transportation Strategy Sheets
Transportation Working Group Table

Other Sections for Reference

GCP Participation Program
Memorandum of Agreement
GCP Update Process
Complete GCP Document

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