Seattle council president on Burien annexation withdrawal
As promised when we broke the story last night of Burien announcing it’s withdrawn its North Highline annexation proposal (you can see the formerly proposed map on our White Center Annexation Info page), we are continuing to pursue comment. Burien city manager Mike Martin confirms the annexation info meeting in Boulevard Park tonight is still on; meantime, we asked Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin what he had to say – here’s what he e-mailed back this morning:
What happened was that Burien completely ignored the compromise on handling conflicts over annexation that was painfully put together by the Growth Management Planning Council that required the parties to negotiate before filing any petitions to annex. I don’t understand why they did that, especially since their representative voted for it!
They also proposed to leave the Fire District without a station to serve most of its constituents by drawing the proposed boundary in such a way as to take all of the stations into the City of Burien, which got the Fire District upset as well, even though I think they have been generally favorable to a Burien annexation of the whole area. A very strange message to send to the rest of the area.
So, what will happen next is that there will be negotiation between the two parties, but unless Burien is prepared to make significant changes in its proposal, I do not think that it would be acceptable to Seattle or King County, and would also likely be turned down by the Boundary Board. Not sure where the voters would go!
More to come today as we get it.
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