Preceding the EIS process, the Marine Corps facilitated a Community Integrated Master
Plan (CIMP) discussion for Marine Barracks Washington (MBW). The CIMP was
planning process applied to seeking solutions to challenging security and space
requirements at MBW. An open and transparent process that began in January 2010
proved effective in identifying potential planning solutions that are community-driven
and built on consensus. Meetings, interviews, and workshops took place primarily
from January – October 2010 allowing for data gathering and public input. These
- January 27, 2010: CIMP Open House
- February 24, 2010: Goals & Objectives Workshop
- March 23 – 24, 2010: Potential Development Sites Workshop
- April 21 – 22, 2010: CIMP Alternatives Workshop
- May 22, 2010: Consensus Elements Workshop
- November 30, 2010 and December 7, 2010: CIMP Forum to gather final input on Community
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process will now guide the decision-making
process for the CIMP going forward. NEPA establishes a national environmental policy
with goals of protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the environment, and provides
a process for implementing these goals within federal agencies. Its main objective
is to create a better decision-making process for implementing major federal actions
that could significantly impact the natural and human environment.
More information on NEPA is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Key important components of the NEPA process align well with the CIMP process to
- Public involvement is a cornerstone in the NEPA process and begins with scoping,
which is an early and open process for actively and constructively soliciting input
from organizations and the public, determining the nature and extent of issues to
be addressed, and identifying major issues related to a proposed action.
- NEPA requires identification and analysis of a reasonable range of alternatives.
The progress made with the community of stakeholders in the CIMP process has been
incorporated into the reasonable range of alternatives to be evaluated in the EIS.
- The purpose of the proposed action is to address existing facility deficiencies
at MBW. The proposed action is needed to better support the functions of the Marine
Corps units assigned to MBW and, in the case of the BEQ Complex replacement project,
to meet current life safety, energy efficiency, Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection
(AT/FP) requirements, and quality of life standards.
- Although the Marine Corps was initially working with the community of stakeholders
to utilize a partnering mechanism that avoids federal land acquisition, the Marine
Corps has now determined that federal land acquisition will be unavoidable as a
result of recent unforeseen changes in policy for privatization and a less favorable
funding outlook. However, community-military development partnership remains a priority
component to be carried over from the CIMP discussion and the Marine Corps will
continue to investigate opportunities to collaborate with the District of Columbia
to minimize impacts to the local tax base and pursue all viable options, particularly
for the potential reuse of the Building 20 site.
CIMP Process from the Beginning