City Of Burien Offering “Regional Short Course On Local Planning” July 13th

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The City of Burien is hosting A Regional Short Course on Local Planning on Tuesday, July 13, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library / City Hall.

The course is being presented by the Planning Association of Washington, the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Cities Insurance Authority.

The three-hour course is designed for city council members, planning commissioners, planning professionals and interested residents.

To register online:

  • Go to and click “training schedule.”
  • Click until you get to the month of July and then click on the title of the training, “A Short Course on Local Planning.” All trainings are listed in order starting at the beginning of the month.
  • Next click “sign up”
  • If you have never registered online before, please click “First Time Online Registration” and complete the participant form. Create a User Name and password that can be used to register for future trainings.
  • If you have registered before, enter your user name and password. ?~ Click “continue” and then “confirm.”

The course also will be streamed live and archived on the Burien website and televised live on Burien TBC21.

Here’s the agenda:

The Planning Association of Washington,
The Washington State Department of Commerce
The Washington Cities Insurance Authority
A Regional Short Course on Local Planning

Hosted by The City of Burien
Burien Library / City Hall
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Burien, Washington:

6:30 – 6:40 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS……………..……………………Ike Nwankwo


The statutory basis of planning in Washington State, Constitutional issues in land use planning, the Open Public Meetings Act, the Appearance of Fairness Doctrine, conflicts of interest, quasi-judicial and legislative functions of the planning commission, ex parte communications and how to deal with them, the conduct of meetings, the uses (and misuses) of email, and recent case law affecting land use planning.

7:40 – 7:55 BREAK

7:55 – 8:00 ANNOUNCEMENTS…………………………………………………….. Ike Nwankwo


An overview of the basic components of a comprehensive plan, including the goals of the plan, the basic elements which need to be addressed, the concepts of consistency and concurrency, and the tools and techniques available for implementing the comprehensive plan.

8:30 – 9:00 THE ROLE OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ….…………….……Amy Tousley
A discussion of the role of the planning commission, how to develop good working relationships among the planning commission, elected officials, and planning staff, and suggestions for holding effective meetings and hearings, and involving citizens in the planning process.

9:00 – 9:30 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS………………………………….………….. Everyone


  • Ike Nwankwo
    Manager – Technical & Financial Assistance Program
    Growth Management Services
    Department of Commerce
    PO Box 42525
    906 Columbia St SW
    Olympia, WA 98504
    (360) 725-3056
    [email protected]


  • Phil A. Olbrechts
    Attorney at Law
    Ogden Murphy Wallace
    1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2100
    Seattle, WA 98101-1686
    (206) 447-7000
    [email protected]
  • Emily Terrell, AICP
    Senior Planner
    1037 NE 65th Street, #342
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 428-2499
    [email protected]
  • Amy L. Tousley, Chair
    Olympia Planning Commission
    2724 Hillside Drive S.E.
    Olympia, WA 98501
    (360) 705-4331
    [email protected]

For more training opportunities, please go to the Growth Management Services Web site at, and click on Educational Resources for Planners. Also, visit the Planning Association of Washington Web site at and WCIA’s Web site at

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