McChord Field North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan
3 Square Blocks led a consultant team in collaboration with the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) to develop the McChord Field North Clear Zone Action and Implementation Plan. The plan identifies six phased actions to bring McChord Field’s North Clear Zone (NCZ) into compliance with federal guidelines for public and air safety. One key initial step was to identify and engage partners likely to be responsible for implementing the plan. We met regularly throughout the project with leaders from the City of Lakewood, Pierce County, JBLM, state and federal delegations, and Forterra, and we actively solicited input from property and business owners. The final plan established a clear way forward for the SSMCP and partners to achieve a desired end state and acceptable outcomes that were defined early in the project. The plan also broke new ground creating tools and partnership models for use nation-wide to resolve urban encroachments into military airfields such as a land exchange, habitat agreement, amortization study, and business license conditions. Completed and adopted by a memorandum of understanding among project partners in 2018, the Washington State legislature allocated $2 million in 2018 for Phase 1 implementation.