City Council Adopts Final ‘Vision For Burien’ Statement With ‘Arts’ Included

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After several months of public meetings, surveys and other feedback from the public, the Burien City Council adopted a visioning statement on Monday, July 11, and City staff began applying it in its everyday business at City Hall:

Burien: A vibrant and creative community, where the residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, promote vitality, and treasure the environment.

Here are two images from the the vision statement as posted on the city’s website:

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Within the vision statement are seven core values/concepts:

  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Environment
  • Prosperity
  • Education & Youth
  • Health & Safety
  • Governance

Read the entire Vision for Burien document at, or download the PDF here.

As many of our Readers may recall, the shaping of this vision statement was not without some controversy. Up until one of the latest revisions, Arts, Culture and Heritage had been totally left off it, but thanks to a late rally, those categories were added (read our previous coverage here), and even implemented into the overarching statement.

According to the July 11 city council agenda packet (PDF file):

The visioning effort will provide the City with sense of direction and framework for evaluating future policy decisions and will help shape the long-term future of Burien. The proposed vision is the result of meetings, public forums, and surveys over the past several months on what Burien residents want their community to be in the next few decades.

The Council had their first look at the draft Vision at their June 6 meeting. After a June 13 open house, Brian Scott and the steering committee made further revisions based on Council and public input. The Council then considered a revised Vision at their June 20 meeting. Council came to consensus on three potential revisions, which were then sent to the steering committee for comment. The Vision for Burien document under consideration at this meeting displays those three potential revisions. After comments from the steering committee are presented, Council can then decide which revisions to keep before adopting a final Vision for Burien.

“The visioning process began last February when the City hired consultant Brian Douglas Scott to lead the process and a steering committee began meeting,” reads the city’s website. “Public workshop/open houses occurred in the spring where residents learned more about the process and gave city officials and councilmembers their views on the City and its future. Surveys measured public opinion on a variety of local topics. Guided by the steering committee, the vision statement was drafted from input received from the community and finalized by the City Council.”

We’re curious to know what YOU think of this vision statement – please leave a Comment below:

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2 Responses to “City Council Adopts Final ‘Vision For Burien’ Statement With ‘Arts’ Included”
  1. Shari says:

    Well, my initial impression is that this definitely describes a community I want to live in and be an active part of. I think any community would look at a vision with these general elements and say it’s a great one to strive for. I also know that strategic plans and vision statements have a tendency to end up as pretty posters on the wall that don’t really connect to the day to day work and decision making, so I wonder how these core values will be prioritized and funded and what specific outcomes will define success for each one….

  2. Dale says:

    Sounds very expensive to me.

    Who is going to pay for the arts, culture, celebrations, services, early childhood education…

    Written by folks who assumed that someone else would be forced (meaning taxes) to pay for them.

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