Council Roundup: January 28, 2019

Sea-Tac Airport, Tenant Protections, Human Trafficking
Posted on 02/01/2019

Council discussed several resolutions regarding impacts of Burien’s proximity to Sea-Tac Airport, issued a proclamation against human trafficking, and received an update on an upcoming discussion of tenant protection policies.

Proclamation Declaring January Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Councilmember Krystal Marx sponsored and read a proclamation regarding human trafficking.

Sea-Tac International Airport

The Council unanimously adopted four resolutions that address negative the impacts of Burien’s proximity to Sea-Tac International Airport.

  • Resolution 405. This procedural resolution made a minor revision to the rules for who can serve on the Burien Airport Committee. The Burien Airport Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Burien Community Center to discuss issues and provide guidance to the City Council on topics related to Sea-Tac Airport. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
  • Resolution 406. This resolution addresses growth and safety issues at Sea-Tac Airport as they affect human health, safety, economic development, and the wise expenditure of public resources. This resolution requests the Port of Seattle delay any build-out or launch of additional infrastructure at the Airport, and that the State Legislature recognize and immediately take action to identify and begin development of additional sites within western Washington.
  • Resolution 407. This resolution addresses noise pollution generated by Sea-Tac Airport. The resolution requests the elected leaders at the Port of Seattle, State Legislature, and U.S. Congress address noise pollution through programs and funding.
  • Resolution 408. This resolution requests the State Legislature establish and fund air quality monitoring and health impact assessment studies.

Tenant Protections Initiatives

The City Attorney gave an update on progress being made on the development of tenant protection policies and programs. At least two community meetings will be scheduled for February to gather community feedback on the package of tenant protections being discussed by Council. Staff are also monitoring the Washington State Legislative session, where several bills are being introduced that may offer similar protections.