City Announces Two Additional Public Forums On Shoreline Master Program

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The City of Burien announced Monday (June 7) that it will hold two more public forums on proposed revisions to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) at City Hall beginning at 7pm on two consecutive Mondays: June 14th and June 21st.

Information about each forum is described below:

MONDAY, JUNE 14 7pm:
A panel of scientists and biologists will present information about the health and ecology of Puget Sound and Lake Burien. Panelists will discuss what actions can be taken to ensure the resource is protected and enhanced. Following the presentations, the audience is invited to participate in a facilitated question and answer session with the panelists and the Burien City Council, and identify issues for discussion at the 2nd forum.

MONDAY, JUNE 21 7pm:
The following have been identified by the community as major issues related to the SMP update: buffers and non-conformance; vegetation; public access; and bulkheads. Other issues may be added following the first forum. A panel of specialists in each of these topics will discuss what is required by the Shoreline Management Act and State shoreline guidelines, and what is proposed in Burien’s draft SMP. Other presenters will address property owner concerns related to existing homes (resale values, ability to resell homes and insurance). Following the presentations, the audience is invited to participate in a facilitated question and answer session with the panelists and the Burien City Council.

Both forums will be broadcast live on Burien Cable Channel 21, and streaming live and on video recording at

Documents to the draft SMP and all related documents are available online here.

If you have questions for the panel, you are asked to please submit them in writing to David Johanson, City of Burien Senior Planner, at Burien City Hall (400 SW 152nd Street) or via e-mail at [email protected].

After the forums, the Burien City Council will consider all documents before them as well as information from the public before making a decision on the SMP this summer. Tentative dates for City Council discussion of the SMP are July 19 and August 2, 16 and 30. A public hearing may be scheduled for one of these dates. The City’s Shoreline Master Program webpage will have current information about meeting dates and times

Contact David Johanson, Senior Planner, at [email protected] or (206) 248-5522, or Scott Greenberg, Community Development Department Director, at [email protected] or (206) 248-5519.

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3 Responses to “City Announces Two Additional Public Forums On Shoreline Master Program”
  1. Kai J. says:

    Scientists and Biologists, great that will really help mitigate and understand the potential impacts on the value of waterfront property. I really don’t need an environmental class to tell me that it would be better for the fish and whole eco system if my bulkhead and whole house for that matter slipped into the abis and everything went back to its natural state. Just write me a check for half the value and cut my taxes in half and feel free to dynamite my bulkhead. Oh so Burien…

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  2. Julie D says:

    SMP Forum tommorow night at City Hall – Be there!

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  3. Coverofnight says:

    I find it interesting that any questions for the panel must be submitted in writing before the forums. And it says that we’re invited to a “facilitated” question and answer period following the presentations. Looks like the City of Burien wants to control the debate. What if you don’t think of a question until you listen to what the panelists have to say? Well, you’re stuck because you didn’t follow the rules and present it in writing beforehand. Oh, they’ll say it’s to better prepare their responses for the forum or to allow for maximizing the questions in the limited time allowed…..hogwash! Can’t they think on their feet? Does the senior planner and/or community development department director censor the questions? I don’t trust their screening of any submitted questions to be in a homeowner’s best interest. What happened to first-come, first-served on standing up at a public microphone and asking your question directly to the panelists? If I read it correctly, Kai J. sounds like a person resigned to getting hosed by local government as they “protect and enhance” the resources – at the homeowner’s expense! Yes, oh so Burien….

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