City Council Votes to Adopt Zoning Changes for North Burien
The Burien City Council on Monday night (April 1) voted to approve Ordinance 573, amending North Burien Zoning and adopting 2012 Comprehensive Plan Text and Map Amendments.
“The rezones in the North Burien area advance eliminate many of the inconsistencies in the former County zoning while also respecting the existing land uses currently in the areas,” reads an announcement on the city’s website. “The changes concentrate higher levels of residential development intensity near the longstanding neighborhood commercial nodes and focuses commercial and residential activity into centralized locations at the main intersections of Ambaum Blvd. SW, 1st Avenue South, Des Moines Memorial Drive and Glendale Way. The proposed zoning amendments allow construction of residential units in close proximity to commercial zones and mass transit. These amendments enable future developments to complement each other by concentrating the local goods and service uses near residential uses, thereby creating more walkable neighborhood focal points.”
Amendments to the land use elements of Burien’s Comprehensive Plan generally include the following:
- Incorporates the North Burien Annexation area including amendments into the Comprehensive Land Use Map.
- Aligns goals and policies with Regional and County planning documents.
- Incorporates growth targets.
- Improves consistency of land use designation criteria and adopt a commercial node concept.
- Ensures goals and policies are consistent with best available science.
- Aligns text to match pending SMP adoption.
- Updats references to other local planning documents.
- Adopts zoning consistent with the Comprehensive Plan Map.
In 1997, the City adopted its first Comprehensive Plan. In 2003, the City Council completed mandatory updates to the Comprehensive Plan to comply with state law. Additional amendments have been considered annually. Annual amendments to the Comprehensive Plan must be approved in a single processing cycle, per state law. This amendment cycle primarily has been focused on adopting comprehensive plan land use designations for the North Burien area and continuing to update language in the plan to be consistent with changes in state and regional plans.
The public process used in developing the Planning Commission recommendation included two public open houses in North Burien, two public hearings and 18 Planning Commission meetings. All recommendations of the Planning Commission were unanimous.
The City Council discussed the proposed amendments on November 5th, November 19th, January 7th and March 18th. In addition the Council conducted a public hearing on January 28th. At those meetings there were a number of Council comments and requests regarding the proposed updates to the plan and the area-wide zoning amendments.
At its March 18th meeting, the City Council reached consensus on almost all of the outstanding issues and those consensus items have been incorporated into Ordinance 573.