City Council Rejects Ecology’s Shoreline Buffers

by Ralph Nichols, Burien’s B-Town Blog

Burien City Council members drew a line in the sand Monday night (May 9).

They won’t adopt four amendments to the updated Burien Shoreline Master Program (SMP), as requested recently by the state Department of Ecology.

The most controversial amendment wanted by Ecology would have imposed a 50-foot buffer plus an additional 15-foot setback along the developed residential marine shoreline. The city’s new SMP retained an existing 20-foot marine buffer with no additional setback.

City Manager Mike Martin said that without additional direction from council members, staff was ready “to tell Ecology that the city has received no additional information on which to base a decision so we’re sticking to our guns.”

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