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The City of Burien is developing an economic development action plan. City staff and advisory board members will work together to build consensus on priority actions that will help improve the economic vitality of our community.

The action plan will contain specific economic development goals, strategies, and implementation measures and an implementation plan, outlining the timing, anticipated cost, and funding source of each implementation action.

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Chris Craig, Economic Development Manager

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Background Information

Project Timeline

August-November 2023

Opportunities and Challenges

Evaluate current economic conditions and constraints.

September-December 2023

Community Engagement

Community feedback gathered through stakeholder interviews, public meetings, and open house.

December 2023-February 2024

Plan Development

Evaluate community feedback and develop draft plan.

February 2024

Legislative Review

Plan goes to Business and Economic Development Partnership and Burien City Council for review and adoption.

In 2020, the City of Burien and the Burien Arts Commission began to develop Long-range Public Art Planto sets long-range goals for the City’s limited public art funding and future public art projects in Burien. This plan is meant to serve as a guide for the Arts Commission to use for its annual public art planning efforts.

In addition, the Long-range Public Art Plan will accommodate planning for public art projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cost of creating the project may require allocation of funding for more than one year
  • Project may require more coordination with other projects, programs, or partners
  • Project can be commissioned using information gathered from the community relating to their priorities for locations, themes, media, and more.  

The Arts Commission follows an annual public art planning process, as required by Resolution 399, that is distinct from the long-range public art planning effort. After drafting the annual public art plan, the Arts Commission presents the draft plan to the Burien City Council, who reviews it, provides direction on changes to the plan, and through a public process, votes to adopt the final plan.

What is Public Art and Why Is It Important?

According to Americans for the Arts, “American cities and towns aspire to be places where people want to live and want to visit. Having a particular community identity, especially in terms of what our towns look like, is becoming even more important in a world where every place tends to look like every place else. Places with strong public art expressions break the trend of blandness and sameness, and give communities a stronger sense of place and identity.”

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Caroline Bobanick, Recreation Supervisor

Background Information

Project Timeline

October-December 2021

Community feedback gathered


Evaluation of community feedback and plan development

By end of 2023

Plan goes to Burien City Council

Healthy forested parks and green spaces have the power to strengthen neighborhoods, provide safe access to nature, and provide many benefits to the environment. Without a coordinated effort to restore and care for our forests, we are at risk of losing many benefits of these forests and natural areas.

The Green Burien Partnership brings together community members and private and public agency partners to restore and care for Burien’s parks and urban forests. The Partnership’s activities include:

  • Community outreach and engagement to guide project prioritization and implementation.
  • Development of a 20-year plan for restoring forests and increasing the amount of tree canopy across the three cities.
  • Implementation of projects and volunteer programs that organize local neighbors and community groups to plant trees, remove invasive plant species, and meet restoration goals.
People planting.

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Gabbi Gonzales, Recreation Coordinator

Maya Klem, Green Burien Partnership Coordinator

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Who is in the Green Burien Partnership?

The Green Burien Partnership relies on a network of individuals, organizations, staff, and volunteers. All partners are essential for the success of the project.

Other key partners have played an essential role in defining the goals of the partnership, volunteering in their community, offering their expertise, and increasing canopy cover by planting trees in their yards or patios:

  • City of Burien
  • Port of Seattle
  • Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • King County Conversation District
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Elected officials
  • Nonprofit, faith-based, and community groups
  • Businesses
  • Youth groups and clubs
  • Landowners
  • Individuals like you

How is it funded?

The Green Burien Partnership receives funding from the City of Burien General Fund and grants.

The City of Burien is re-imagining the long-term future of our city through a coordinated planning effort combining major updates to the Comprehensive Plan, a new Transportation Master Plan, and an update to the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.

Specifically, this planning process focuses on land use, economic development, human services, environmental protection, infrastructure, transportation, parks and open spaces, recreation programs, public art, and cultural services.

Results of this planning effort will guide policymaking, operational plans, and budgets for the next twenty years. It’s vital that community voice guides these important planning processes.

Comprehensive Plan

The City of Burien is embarking on a major update to its Comprehensive Plan. This effort will help Burien plan and build for the next few decades. Planning for this growth helps us build a city with an equitable, sustainable, and healthy future.    

Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan helps determine our community’s current and future transportation needs, guiding how we invest in transportation over the next 20 years.

Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

The Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan is a six-year strategic plan for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. The plan will look at the existing conditions, identify gaps in facilities and programs, and offer strategies, projects, and programs to address those gaps.

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Susan McLain, Community Development Director, Comprehensive Plan

Maiya Andrews, Public Works Director, Transportation Master Plan

Casey Stanley, PaRCS Director, Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan

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Project Timeline

August-November 2022

Community Visioning

Develop a shared vision to guide planning and policy development.

November 2022-March 2023

Draft Strategies and Projects

Staff will communicate what we have heard to date and present draft strategies and projects for feedback.

May 2023-November 2023

Plan Development

Community will provide feedback on draft plans.

November 2023-March 2024

Legislative Process

Plans go before Burien City Council for review and approval. Public comment accepted.

March 2024

Plans Adopted

PROS Plan and TMP Plan adopted and incorporated into other updates to the Comprehensive Plan.

Postcards on a table.

Did you receive a postcard from the City of Burien? Read the full letter (English, Español, Tiếng Việt) for more information and view the online map to see if your property may be affected by zoning changes.

How do we make our neighborhoods better for both neighbors and businesses as the city grows and changes over the coming years? To help answer that question, the City of Burien is conducting a community planning process along the Ambaum Blvd corridor and in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.

Read on to learn more about this project and find out how you can get involved. Let’s work together to plan for thriving, transit-friendly neighborhoods and successful business districts in the Ambaum Blvd corridor and Boulevard Park neighborhood.

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  • Send us an email if you have questions or comments.

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Project Contact

Alex Hunt, Planner

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Background Information

Draft Plan and Environmental Impact Statement
Background Documents
Proposed Study Area Maps

Ambaum Blvd Corridor and Boulevard Park Study Areas

Download detailed PDF. Boundaries of proposed study areas may change.

Key Objectives
  • Articulate a vision and action strategies to meet community and citywide goals.
  • Engage with diverse members of the community, including people typically not engaged in civic processes.
  • Evaluate city regulations with an eye toward walkable business districts to support housing and business district strategies, development feasibility, urban design and public space goals, walkability, cultural expression, and community health.
  • Recommend new land use and zoning standards, and adjustments to city regulations for consideration by the Burien Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Apply a race and social equity lens to all of the work, including engagement, analysis and recommendations.

Project Timeline

Early 2021

Review and Analysis

We will evaluate data and consider environmental and equity factors.


Public Engagement and Plan Development

Community and stakeholder engagement and advisory committee will solicit ideas to create a shared vision.


Plan Development

We will refine and test ideas and proposals and consider urban design. Implementation steps will be presented. Plan will be refined with advisory group and community stakeholders. Plan and zoning code amendments will be drafted. SEPA environmental review will occur.


Plan Adoption

The plan will go before Planning Commision and City Council for review and adoption. Community plans and a zoning ordinance will be adopted.

The Burien City Council is developing a plan to guide the City of Burien government for the next 3–5 years, spanning multiple election and budget cycles. The plan helps both the City Council and staff identify areas where they need to focus their efforts.

The City Council and City staff will engage with the community to learn their priorities for the next few years. They will examine those priorities and develop high-level goals that will set the tone for budgeting priorities and staff work planning. The community, staff, and City Council will use the plan as a guide and a measure of accountability.

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Adolfo Bailon, City Manager

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Background Information

The City Council adopted a four-year strategic plan in 2016, with updates in 2017 and 2018. The priorities that were identified included nurturing a safe, healthy, and dynamic community and supporting a strong City organization.

In 2021, the City Council approved budget for strategic planning. Creative Strategy Solutions was hired to facilitate the strategic planning process.

City Council Special Meeting Materials

Project Timeline

May-June 2022

Community Visioning

June-July 2022

Public City Council Meetings

August 2022

Adopt Strategic Plan

August-September 2022

City Manager prepares budget for City Council consideration

October-December 2022

2023-2024 Budget deliberated by City Council