Master and Facility Plans

The City of Burien uses master planning to determine infrastructure development and maintenance priorities.

Transportation Master Plan

Beginning in May 2011, transportation consultant Fehr and Peers and the Burien Transportation Master Plan Advisory Committee, representing a broad cross section of the City’s neighborhoods and transportation interest groups, analyzed Burien’s existing transportation system and reviewed existing comprehensive plan transportation policies to develop a new transportation vision for the City.

The resulting Transportation Master Plan (TMP) advances two new transportation principles for Burien: a layered transportation network and multimodal level-of-service standards. These principles complement Burien’s adopted Complete Streets Policy and provide a comprehensive, integrated transportation network offering safe and convenient travel options for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers and public transit users.

The Transportation Master Plan Advisory Committee met six times over the course of the year-long planning effort, to help frame transportation issues, bring balance to policy discussions and build community consensus for the TMP. The City also hosted a number of public outreach evening meetings in which residents were encouraged to provide recommendations regarding specific projects and areas of emphasis for the plan.

The Burien City Council approved Resolution No. 332 adopting the Transportation Master Plan on May 7, 2012. The TMP ensures coordination between transportation decision-making and the adopted Land Use Element of Burien’s Comprehensive Plan and addresses community values as articulated through the City’s Vision Statement. The Transportation Master Plan informs the development of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by identifying the types of projects that are needed to support future travel trends and providing a framework for evaluating how they fit within community values and fiscal resources.

2018–2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a mid-range planning document that is annually updated based on needs and policies identified through a variety of sources. Project and financial development involve interactions with many groups and agencies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels. It represents the City of Burien’s current list of needed projects that may begin work in the next six years.

The primary importance of the Six Year TIP is to act as a planning tool for the development of transportation facilities within the City. It is used to coordinate transportation projects with our utility districts and other agencies. Staff has evaluated last year’s TIP with respect to the new Transportation Master Plan to ensure that the new TIP is coordinated with the TMP’s goals and the multimodal layered network concept. In most cases, local projects must be included in the TIP to be eligible for state and federal grant programs.

State law requires that each city develop a local TIP and that it be updated annually (RCW 35.77.010). In order for cities to compete for transportation funding grants from Federal and State sources most granting agencies require that projects be included in the TIP.

2012 Storm Drainage Master Plan

This Storm Drainage Master Plan (SDMP) outlines programmatic, operational, and capital construction activities to guide the City’s Stormwater Program over the next five to ten years.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Plan

The general purposes of the Burien Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Plan are to:

  • Provide a city-wide plan for a connected system of sidewalks, bikeways, paths, and trails to be implemented over time;
  • Enhance non-motorized transportation and recreation opportunities in Burien; and
  • Improve community safety and livability.

These purposes are based on direction from pre-existing city policy, as well as the voices of the community heard throughout the community involvement process for this plan.

ADA Transition Plan

The City of Burien Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan provides policies and practices for implementing physical pedestrian improvements within the public right-of-way of the City of Burien. The goals of the plan are to optimize the pedestrian experience, to provide safe and usable pedestrian facilities for all pedestrians, and to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and standards. The ADA Transition Plan describes the curb ramp and other pedestrian facility needs in the city, and outlines the recommended procedures for implementing and scheduling remedial work to provide a compliant system of curb ramps, pedestrian signals and sidewalks. The plan was originally developed in 2015, and identified initial priority geographies for barrier inventory and removal.

Fall 2017 update

The City of Burien updates their ADA Transition Plan every three to five years. On November 2, 2017, the City hosted a public meeting and sought feedback about what’s most important for the City of Burien to consider in their update to the ADA Transition Plan.

November 2, 2017 Public Meeting Documents

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Street Standards (Road Design and Construction Standards)

The City of Burien has adopted road design and construction standards in order to establish specific, consistent, and acceptable road design and construction elements for developers and other private parties constructing or modifying road or right-of-way facilities which require City licenses or permits and to establish uniform criteria to guide the City's own design and construction of new City roads or reconstruction of existing roads.

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