One of the primary items in the 2012-13 cycle of Comprehensive Plan updates was the inclusion of North Burien into the plan. This involved updating both plan policies and maps to include the area annexed in 2010. The City determined future land use designations for North Burien. These future land use designations show "the future distribution, extent and location of generalized land uses within Burien." Both the Comprehensive Plan Land Use map and the Zoning map were amended as a part of this process.
A component of the update process was an outreach effort in the North Burien area, including two open houses. The purpose of the first open house was to introduce the residents, property and business owners to the City of Burien and gather input and understanding of land uses in North Burien. The information obtained at the open house was used to assist the Planning Commission and the City in updating the Comprehensive Plan and associated land use maps, including comprehensive land use and zoning designations. Approximately 65 attendees participated in group discussions designed to gain insight into the following topical areas: single-family residential areas, the Ambaum Boulevard Southwest corridor, the 1st Avenue South corridor, the Boulevard Park business area, and Healthy Eating Active Living.
The City received valuable input on land use-related issues and captured many other comments regarding streets, sidewalks, parks and code enforcement.
Following the community open house, the Planning Commission explored three varied land use alternatives generally reflecting low, medium and high growth patterns. In January 2012, the commission agreed upon a preliminary land use alternative to be used as a basis for an open house and public hearing.
The City Council reviewed the recommendation and made a final decision in April 2013, along with other unrelated Comprehensive Plan amendments.