Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting
Here are notes from Monday night’s (April 13th) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here):
PUGET SOUND PARK REVIEW:
After receiving opposition from local councils and the city of Burien, the 5-acre Puget Sound Park will not be used for low income housing development.
â€œWe are roughly twice the rate of affordable housing opportunity as the county,â€ said Burien City manager Mike Martin.
â€œAs a city we are not against affordable housing. We welcome affordable housing, but donâ€™t just look for areas that a current park exists and replace it,â€ remarked Mayor Joan McGilton.
Doug Lamothe, Interim Public Works Director, received wholehearted support from the council on $195,000 budget arrangements for the design efforts on sidewalk installation and street overlay projects.
Current plans include installation of sidewalks on the following streets:
- SW 136th Street from Ambaum Blvd. to Des Moines Memorial Drive
- SW 154th Street
- SW 156th Street
- SW 132nd from 4th Ave to Ambaum Blvd.
Overlay of the following roads are also included in the project plans:
- Ambaum Blvd. north of 153rd Street
- SW 128th street to Des Moines Memorial Drive
Current progress is dependent on receiving additional funding from a proposed stimulus package. The improvements would create local jobs while improving the community.
ANNEXATION VOTE PROPOSED FOR AUG. 18th:
The city is working with the county clerk to establish August 18th, 2009 as the date for voters to decide on annexation.
â€œAnnexation is a high likelihood in the not too distant future,â€ said city manager Mike Martin.
Concerns over Burienâ€™s zoning restrictions were brought before the Boundary Review Board by a local property owner.
Currently Burien has a R-24, meaning there can be a dwelling space of 24 units per acre of land in city boundaries.
The county has double that having zoning of R-48.
Planning staff is working on a detailed analysis between Burien’s zoning and the countyâ€™s zoning.
â€œWe will begin working with planning commission when we have all of the needed information,â€ said Scott Greenberg, Community Development Director
â€œI view zoning as a one way valve, you can go up but you cannot go down. It affects peopleâ€™s property rights and is not the moral thing to do,â€ said Councilmember Gordon Shaw.
CLEAN SWEEP REMINDER:
The council wishes to remind business owners and others that Burien annual Clean Sweep is Saturday, April 25th, with broader “garbage acceptance” than what has been previously allowed.