Have A Vision For Burien? Here’s Your Chance To Share It With The City

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Seems like everyone and their step-cousin has an expert opinion on how to run the City of Burien, but few actually try to do anything about it, other than complain or toss around negative Comments on this here blog.

Well, now’s your chance to prove just how right you are, by actually submitting your “vision” – on Wednesday (Oct. 20th), the City of Burien released a “Request for Proposal” (RFP) that states:

Request for Proposals (RFP) for City-wide Visioning Services
The City of Burien is seeking proposals from individuals or organizations interested in guiding a city-wide visioning process. The process is intended to solicit the community’s idea of what the city should look and feel like in 10-20 years. That high level vision will be codified in a number of other documents, including the city’s Comprehensive Plan, that will be prepared concurrently and adopted at the end of 2011.

The budget for this contract is not to exceed $35,000. The work is expected to begin in January 2011 and be completed no later than June 30, 2011. The city welcomes and strongly encourages city residents or business owners to submit proposals.

The City of Burien is a relatively young city. Shortly after incorporation in 1993 the city created a vision that has guided the community ever since. This visioning process should build upon that work. The city recently increased its size and population by 50% through annexation, and now has some 46,000 residents. It is critical that the vision of those new residents is heard, understood, and incorporated into the larger, city-wide vision. Likewise, the city is demographically diverse. The process should reflect that diversity.

The successful party or organization must have a demonstrable success in creating a community vision in other cities. It must be willing to engage the community directly and thoughtfully to identify the elements of its vision. These engagements may include community forums, focus groups, stakeholder meetings etc. The successful candidate will summarize the out outcomes of those sessions and advance them as a draft vision to the city council, through the city manager.

Any consultant providing services under this contract shall comply with all federal, state, county and city codes or regulations applicable to such work. Detailed information, including general terms & conditions, requested services, and requirements, is available at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300, Burien, WA 98166, or on our website at www.burienwa.gov/, or by calling (206) 248-5508.

The City of Burien reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and to waive irregularities and informalities in the submittal and evaluation process. This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) does not obligate the City to pay any costs incurred by respondents in the preparation and submission of a proposal. Furthermore, the RFP does not obligate the City to accept or contract for any expressed or implied services.

City of Burien is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

To submit your vision, download the RFP here (PDF file), and in the meantime, why not enlighten all our Readers with some of your ideas in the Comments below?

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6 Responses to “Have A Vision For Burien? Here’s Your Chance To Share It With The City”
  1. Star says:

    This oughta get interesting, lol

  2. Coverofnight says:

    I agree, Star.

    “Seems like everyone and their step-cousin has an expert opinion on how to run the City of Burien, but few actually try to do anything about it, other than complain or toss around negative Comments on this here blog.”…hey, I resemble that remark!

    Seriously though, don’t we have a Planning Department with planners on staff that are supposed to be doing this for the City rather than hire an outside consultant? They should be able to hold community forums, focus groups, stakeholder meetings etc. I know they’re supposed to learn that stuff to get their Urban Planning degrees!

    But if anyone IS listening to the public – here’s part of my vision for Burien: Get rid of the red light cameras and the parking enforcement guy!

  3. vision 2000something to 1957 says:

    How about you leave it alone? One of the things that made Burien so appealing to people in the first place was the small town appeal nestled between 2 major metropolises.
    Someones vision of a bigger better Burien obviously failed miserably,, Just look at that fiasco they call town square,, should be called ghost square, or vacancy square.
    But at the end of the day,,
    You want tourists there? People to come visit your little town? Appeal to them in the concept of a small getaway. put a B&B etc along the outskirts and flaunt it that way.
    Open them up to the beach areas, maybe even a small boardwalk with a coffee shop, a frankfurter stand and such,, make it a town where people will come in and visit, spend a bunch of money and most importantly, leave again to return another day.
    And use some of that money to give that vet a good working facility for her to care for the animals you all seem to care so much for than people.

  4. Star says:

    Maybe use Levenworth as modle of a town that “time forgot” yet it is thriving. I don’t mean turn Burien into another bravarian town, just that it’s a town from way back when, and look at how well it is doing.

  5. TcB says:

    The city can continue to revitalize the downtown infrastructure which will attract business, but the zoning for business should be set up {kept} so that the big box stuff is along 1st avenue, the boutique stuff along 152nd, and the industrial out around the airport. I don’t care at all about red light cameras or parking enforcement. People who don’t like to play by rules can move to somewhere they don’t have any. There are already one or two Bed and Breakfast and that’s not up to the city, that’s a private business. If you want to have waterfront commercial property you’re going to have to force someone who owns the land out, and I don’t see that happening. There is no place to set up commercial interest unless you’re talking about taking part of Seahurst park, and if you do, i’m not listening. Leavenworth has strict rules for business about how they must build (at least the facade) so it resembles a Bavarian style building) plus they have rules about big box stores being banned. No one in Burien city government should ban any kind of business who wants to be here, as long as it fits the zoning.

  6. Shari says:

    I hope the consultation process and the resulting recommendations keep a focus on the RFPs stated 10-20 year endgame. It would be great if in 20 years we’re all asking “how can we sustain this great community we’ve created?” and if people from other areas are asking “how can we be more like Burien?” or “shouldn’t we move to Burien to live instead of just visiting?” As much as I’d like to think that leaving it (and us) alone would make that happen, I’m thinking that’s more likely to lead us to be asking “what happened? this used to be such a great place to live– what went wrong?” and others to ask “who would ever want to live in Burien?” I would like the 20 year conversation to be about sustaining a vital community that keeps on attracting people to move here and stay here and not about REvitalizing a formerly vital one that everyone is moving away from. How that happens in a way that preserves the great quirky individualism that’s so nice about Burien and doesn’t impose somebody else’s lockstep vision of social perfection on everyone is not so straightforward.

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