Burien Asking Citizens To Share Their ‘Visions’ Of (and for) The City’s Future


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On Wednesday (Feb. 9th), the City of Burien announced that it’s seeking area residents to “help create a common, unifying vision for our city.”

The goal of this “visioning” effort, according to the city, is to “provide the community with a sense of direction and a framework for evaluating future policy decisions.”

We first reported on this project in October (read our original story here), when we posted the RFP released by the city (download the RFP here as PDF file), which set a maximum budget of $35,000, and a deadline of “no later than June 30, 2011” for results. That RFP was awarded to the team of Brian Douglas Scott – Planning and Urban Design of Seattle, with the direction “to facilitate a visioning process that will engage and involve citizens.”

“The vision that emerges will provide a critical foundation for upcoming City planning efforts in the areas of land use, transportation, parks and recreation and major capital projects,” the city said in a statement, which continues with:

How do Burien residents want their community to look 20 or 30 years from now?

The City has launched an exciting, community-wide effort to answer that question and shape the long-term future of Burien.

A 20-member steering committee began meeting in early February. Steering committee members represent the diverse Burien community. They include city council and school board members, business owners, professionals, retirees, students, and members of ethnic groups. All Burien residents will get the opportunity to participate in the visioning effort by filling out a community survey or attending one of the several community forums are being planned for April and May. Adoption of the Burien Community Vision is planned for late June along with a celebratory community event.

On Wednesday the city also sent out the following Tweet, which includes a link to an online survey (which we took, and encourage all Readers to do as well):

Here’s text from the city’s visioning website:

The City is engaging in an exciting, community-wide effort to shape the long-term future of Burien.

Your participation is essential! You can check out the schedule page for upcoming community forum information. We will also be launching an online survey in late February.

152nd Street Arch

Our community enjoys a rich and unique history that continues to define who we are today. We’re asking all our residents to help create a common, unifying vision for our city. The goal of the visioning effort is to provide the Burien community with a sense of direction and a framework for evaluating future policy decisions. The vision that emerges will provide a critical foundation for upcoming City planning efforts:

  • Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Transportation Master Plan
  • Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan
  • Drainage Master Plan

Vision Plan Process
The City has hired the team of Brian Douglas Scott – Planning and Urban Design,  to facilitate a planning process that will engage and involve citizens in redefining their vision for the future of Burien.

The project website is one avenue that will be utilized throughout the planning process to share information and gather feedback from the community. The site will be updated on a regular basis so please check back often.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about this important planning process. We look forward to your involvement as we seek to update our Vision! The City anticipates that the Burien’s Community Vision will be complete by the end of June.

So…what is YOUR vision for Burien’s future? Please leave a Comment below…

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4 Responses to “Burien Asking Citizens To Share Their ‘Visions’ Of (and for) The City’s Future”
  1. BeccaC says:

    My vision of Burien is full of diversity and has a community feeling. The main street, 152nd, is full of successful local shops that cater to the community. Our downtown core is fulled with mixed-income residents who value they place they live and work together to create safe streets.

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  2. Mark says:

    I would like to see Burien continue with its goals of road improvements and a movie theater .I would also like to see more landscaping on city roads as well as more improvements a city parks.Our park system is our best asset for children and families and for the general health of the community.I would like to also see a focus on the retail core so that we can have a bustling amount of trade by corp.as well as local shops.

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  3. john turner says:

    we need to fill the stores that are empty for one.

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  4. Shari says:

    I may have missed this info in previous articles and web pages–what were the criteria for selecting steering committee members? What’s the process and what are the criteria for nominating, applying for and selecting “affinity group” members? Transparency is a big thing these days and this project has some incredibly important ramifications for all of us–curious who’s driving it and how they’re selected.

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