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The Schreifer Group Receives Two Awards from the Federal Planning Division

The Schreifer Group is pleased to announce that we were recently recognized with two awards from the American Planning Association’s Federal Planning Division (FPD). The annual FPD Awards program recognizes exceptional federal planning programs and projects, with an emphasis on innovative planning concepts and practices.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord 2022 Growth Coordination Plan

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) 2022 Growth Coordination Plan (GCP) was honored with the Citation Award for Outstanding Collaborative Planning Project. The Schreifer Group completed this plan for the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in partnership with AHBL, Michael Baker International, EcoNW, and Transpo Group.

Cover of the 2022 JBLM GCP

The JBLM 2022 GCP is a comprehensive action plan designed to address unique challenges and opportunities that span military and civilian populations in the region. It serves as a guide for the SSMCP, fostering mutually beneficial outcomes related to 11 core domains, including:

  • Economics

  • Transportation

  • Housing

  • Education

  • Health care

  • Public safety

  • Climate change

This holistic perspective ensures that the challenges faced by JBLM and its surrounding communities are tackled from all angles.

The Schreifer Group’s role on the project included plan development, mapping, and the creation of an entirely virtual open house that included an interactive project website interface. The process included extensive public and stakeholder engagement, including a virtual public open house and public facing website, and regular engagement with the SSMCP Executive Leadership Team, Steering Committee, and Elected Officials Council. Key stakeholders included JBLM leadership, representatives of nine cities and counties, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, regional planning councils and chambers of commerce, the Washington State Department of Transportation, State and Congressional elected representatives, and utility, educational, health care, social service, and other organizations.

TSG designed this interactive open house concepts, which allowed visitors to view informational posters and submit questions to the consultant team about the project.

The biggest testament to the quality of the GCP is that it is currently being implemented through efforts related to housing development, occupational licensure, infrastructure improvement, economic benefits measurement, family and child care, behavioral health initiatives, land use compatibility, food insecurity, and climate change mitigation.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Historic Bolling District Plan

The Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Historic Bolling District Plan was honored with the Merit Award for Outstanding Area/Site Development Plan. The Schreifer Group completed this district plan for AFCEC alongside joint venture (JV) partner HB&A.

The Historic Bolling District Plan is a comprehensive urban planning effort focused on the town center of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) in Washington, DC. It is part of an ongoing, multi-year planning effort being completed by the HB&A-The Schreifer Group JV that includes a series of district plans, an installation development plan, and a transportation management plan.

The Historic Bolling District Plan is innovative in its approach, employing the new Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) District Planning Playbook methodology, which aims to align installation planning with higher Air Force directives. The HB&A-The Schreifer Group JV has been proud to work closely with AFCEC to help determine the implementation of the District Planning Playbook at JBAB and other Air Force installations across the country.

The HB&A-TSG JV team conducts a walking tour with stakeholders during a JBAB site visit.

The planning process involved active leadership and stakeholder engagement, including cooperation with regional interagency entities like the White House, Pentagon, and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). JBAB, located in the National Capital Region, faces unique regulatory and oversight challenges due to its proximity to key agencies, including the Pentagon and White House, making it a high-priority project for the Air Force.

The plan identifies the stakeholder-developed goals and vision for the district, implements federal planning best practices, and aims to improve the overall functionality of the district. Recommended planning strategies include pedestrian-friendly development, a proposed multi use trail, and practices that will mitigate pedestrian-vehicular conflicts. The JV worked closely with NCPC to ensure compliance with NCPC goals and to create versions suitable for both internal and public audiences.

You can read more about this project on the JBAB IDP and Historic Bolling District Plan project overview page.

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