REMINDER: Boundary Review Board Hearing On Annexation Is Monday Night

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REMINDER: The Washington State Boundary Review Board’s public hearing on the City of Burien’s proposed annexation of North Highline will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9th at Cascade Middle School, located at 11212 10th Ave SW.

This is an open forum, meant to solicit input from residents in both Burien and the unincorporated North Highline area (aka “Area Y”) up for annexation.

From what we’ve heard, it’s very likely that a second public hearing will be held the following night – Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. – at the same location.

“The Boundary Review Board will determine whether to accept the proposal, modify the boundaries, or reject it,” reads an announcement.

Citizens who want to share their thoughts on annexation – pro or con – are encouraged to attend.

As we’re previously reported, written comments were accepted up until Dec. 23rd.

The annexation would increase the population of Burien by about 17,300 and add about 3.2 square miles to the City including the White Center area, Top Hat, Beverly Park, Glendale, and portions of Boulevard Park, Riverton Heights and Shorewood.

As many of our Readers probably already know:

  • The City of Burien is currently moving forward with the annexation process of the rest of unincorporated North Highline/White Center (aka ‘Area Y’).
  • Gov. Gregoire has proposed eliminating the $5 million annual sales tax credit that Burien would receive for annexing the area; this will be voted on in a special legislative session to be held in late November (read our coverage here).
  • The annexation process will continue until the city council decides to halt it.

From what we understand, according to state law RCW 36.93.170 (actual text below) there are three standards that an application for annexation is judged on. A city or unincorporated area that wishes to become a city has to provide adequate proof that it can meet these standards. Additionally, it has to provide proof that it can provide services at the current level they exist at should the annexation occur and those services must be in place on the first day of the official annexation. Also, there is a burden of proof that there is adequate monies to support the area and its services for a minimum  of 10 years.

Citizens are encouraged to speak only to these standards and any documents that provide proof that these standards can or cannot be met. These standards will be handed out at the start of the hearing and will be briefly explained.

Here’s the exact wording of RCW 36.93.170:

Factors to be considered by board — Incorporation proceedings exempt from state environmental policy act.

In reaching a decision on a proposal or an alternative, the board shall consider the factors affecting such proposal, which shall include, but not be limited to the following:

(1) Population and territory; population density; land area and land uses; comprehensive plans and zoning, as adopted under chapter 35.63, 35A.63, or 36.70 RCW; comprehensive plans and development regulations adopted under chapter 36.70A RCW; applicable service agreements entered into under chapter 36.115 or 39.34 RCW; applicable interlocal annexation agreements between a county and its cities; per capita assessed valuation; topography, natural boundaries and drainage basins, proximity to other populated areas; the existence and preservation of prime agricultural soils and productive agricultural uses; the likelihood of significant growth in the area and in adjacent incorporated and unincorporated areas during the next ten years; location and most desirable future location of community facilities;

(2) Municipal services; need for municipal services; effect of ordinances, governmental codes, regulations and resolutions on existing uses; present cost and adequacy of governmental services and controls in area; prospects of governmental services from other sources; probable future needs for such services and controls; probable effect of proposal or alternative on cost and adequacy of services and controls in area and adjacent area; the effect on the finances, debt structure, and contractual obligations and rights of all affected governmental units; and

(3) The effect of the proposal or alternative on adjacent areas, on mutual economic and social interests, and on the local governmental structure of the county.

The provisions of chapter 43.21C RCW, State Environmental Policy, shall not apply to incorporation proceedings covered by chapter 35.02 RCW.

[1997 c 429 § 39; 1989 c 84 § 5; 1986 c 234 § 33; 1982 c 220 § 2; 1979 ex.s. c 142 § 1; 1967 c 189 § 17.]


  • Severability — 1997 c 429: See note following RCW 36.70A.3201.
  • Severability — 1982 c 220: See note following RCW 36.93.100.
  • Incorporation proceedings exempt from state environmental policy act: RCW 43.21C.220.

The annexation would increase the population of Burien by about 17,300 and add about 3.2 square miles to the City including the White Center area, Top Hat, Beverly Park, Glendale, and portions of Boulevard Park, Riverton Heights and Shorewood.

We’ve been following this story very closely, so if you need more in-depth information, read our previous coverage here.

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One Response to “REMINDER: Boundary Review Board Hearing On Annexation Is Monday Night”
  1. W.C. says:

    Hope all you pro and con annexation folks show up to the meeting, not just state your opinion on a blog. Under the search of annexation there were numerous posts with hundreds of comments. Commenting on a blog does nothing for being heard on the public record. Show up!!! I might come just to watch the fireworks.

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