Message from the Burien City Council (Summer 2024)

With your help, we’re shaping the future of our city and continue to tackle key issues.

As we pass the mid-point of 2024, we reflect on the many milestones we’ve achieved and look ahead at what comes next with great determination and purpose.

After more than a year of community engagement, presentations, and review, we approved two major components of the Shape Your City initiative: the Economic Development Action Plan and the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan. These plans will help guide City decision-making and actions for years to come. In the following months, we will be reviewing drafts of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan. We encourage the Burien community to continue to participate and share comments.

After reaching out to stakeholders and listening to community feedback, we passed a new minimum wage law in Burien, exceeding the state’s minimum wage by $2 for medium-sized businesses and $3 for large businesses. This law will take effect on January 1, 2025.

We also passed a suite of revenue options to help stabilize the City’s finances and put us on a more stable footing to continue delivering critical City services and programs.

As we look ahead, we’ll continue to tackle key issues in our City and invite all to join us. See below for ways to get involved and participate in City processes.

Get involved

We encourage Burien residents to understand and follow the business of the City as well as provide meaningful input.

  • Attend City Council meetings in person at Burien City Hall, via Zoom, on Channel 21, or stream online. Regular meetings now start at 5:30 p.m. Watch for scheduled public meetings or public hearings on specific projects and topics at
  • Read summaries of City Council meetings at
  • Watch live and past City Council meetings at
  • Share your thoughts with the City Council at or to each individual Councilmembers’ email address, which can be found at
  • Sign up one hour before each City Council meeting to speak to the City Council virtually or in person during public comment at
  • Visit the Burien Community Hub, an online community engagement platform where you can learn about and participate in current planning efforts, at
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As the City's governing body, Burien's seven elected City Councilmembers establish City policies and laws, adopt an annual budget, approve appropriations, contract for services, and grant franchises. City Councilmembers serve staggered four-year terms; roughly half the Council is up for election every two years. All Councilmembers are "at-large" meaning that they serve the City as a whole as opposed to a specific district.

The City Council chooses a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among its members at the first meeting of the new year following an election. The Mayor presides at Council meetings and represents the City at ceremonial functions and inter-governmental meetings. The Deputy Mayor presides in the Mayor's absence.

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