Deadline to Help Burien’s Shoreline Plan is Jan. 11th

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Three Tree Point in BurienThe Burien City Council is seeking volunteers to assist the City in updating its shoreline master program.

The deadline for submittal of applications is 5PM on January 11, 2008, and application forms can be found here (as a PDF).

Selected volunteers will serve on a special advisory committee providing valuable input and guidance during the shoreline master program update process.

The advisory committee will consist of a variety of people representing various geographic areas and a broad range of community interests in Burien’s shorelines.

The committee will meet monthly throughout the update process that is anticipated to start in February 2008 and conclude in the middle of 2010.

No specific shoreline knowledge or planning qualifications are required; however, applicants should be able to commit to attendance at advisory committee meetings and public forums. Dates and times of meetings have yet to be determined.

Burien’s Shoreline Master Program is a set of goals, polices and regulations that manage City of Burien shorelines. It specifically addresses land use and ecological functions adjacent to Lake Burien and Puget Sound. The City has been awarded a grant by the State of Washington to update its master program, which has not been amended since the City incorporated in 1993. Completion of the update process will fulfill a state requirement for shoreline master program updates.

Under the State Shoreline Management Act each city and county with “shorelines of the state” must adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that is based on state laws and rules but tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. State law requires Burien to update its current SMP on or before December 1, 2009 . The City was awarded a $117,000 grant from the State Dept. of Ecology for this work. The City and its consultants have started work on the update.

For more information please contact David Johanson, AICP, senior planner, at [email protected] or (206)248-5522.


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