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Military installation incompatible developmentDefense community compatibility accountGrants.

(1) The defense community compatibility account is created in the state treasury. Revenues to the account consist of appropriations by the legislature, private contributions, and all other sources deposited in the account.
(2)(a) Expenditures from the account may only be used for grants to local governments or entities who have entered into an agreement with a military installation in the state under the United States department of defense readiness and environmental protection integration program for purposes of the programs established in subsection (3) of this section, including administrative expenses. Priority must be given for grant applications accompanied by express support from nonprofit community or neighborhood-based organizations, public development authorities, federally recognized Indian tribes in the state, or other community partners. Only the director or the director's designee , may authorize expenditures. In order for the director or the director's designee to authorize an expenditure for the purpose identified in subsection (3) of this section, both federal and applicant funds must be committed to the same purposes or project as the state expenditure.
(b) An applicant must submit an application to the department in order to be eligible for funding under this subsection, and the department may not expend money on a project for which an applicant has not applied to the department to carry out the project.
(3)(a) The department may expend moneys from the account to provide state funds for projects identified by applicants to address incompatible development connected to Washington state military installations. For purposes of this section, "incompatible development" includes land development and military operations that impact the economy, environment, or quality of life opportunities for local communities.
(b) The department must evaluate and rank applications using objective criteria such as a community cost-benefit analysis, must consider recommendations from a citizens advisory commission comprised of representatives of community stakeholders impacted by military installations or their operations, must hold public hearings at least ninety days prior to any funding decision, and may consider the degree to which each project is compatible with the criteria established in the United States department of defense's readiness and environmental protection integration program.
(c) Eligible projects may include:
(i) Acquisition of real property or real property interests to eliminate an existing incompatible use;
(ii) Projects to jointly assist in the recovery or protection of endangered species dependent on military installation property for habitat;
(iii) Projects or programs to increase the availability of housing affordable to enlisted military personnel and nonmilitary residents in the local community;
(iv) Projects to retrofit existing uses to increase their compatibility with existing or future military operations;
(v) Projects to enable local communities heavily dependent on a nearby military installation to diversify the local economy so as to reduce the economic dependence on the military base;
(vi) Projects that aid communities to replace jobs lost in the event of a reduction of the military presence; and
(vii) Projects that improve or enhance aspects of the local economy, environment, or quality of life impacted by the presence of military activities.
(4) The department may adopt rules to implement this section.
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