Officials and Guests in Attendance
Government officials were prepared, attentive, and courteous.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time and I observed all of it. I got a copy of the agenda ahead of time and the meeting was easily accessible (link here.)
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed.
Presentation by WELS students.
"If you could design the city, what would it look like?" - Their vision of the Ambaum Boulevard corridor and Boulevard Park neighborhoods. This was a presentation, no action was taken but Commissioners were supportive of their work and ideas, which looked at what they want to see in the areas with considerations for access, environmental impact, affordable housing/addressing homelessness, etc. Race and social justice were discussed for each topic.
DESC Affordable Housing Demonstration Program.
DESC has proposed as one of the 5 developments within Burien's Affordable Housing Demonstration Program, a Permanent Supportive Housing Apartment building with 95 studio units to serve individuals living in the Burien area who's income is in the 0-30% AMI bracket. Most of the individuals being served are currently living w/out adequate (or in most cases any) housing and have disabilities. 25 of the units are held for Veterans.
The presentation included information about Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) - what it is and how it serves the clients living in the building, as well as their specific plan for the development (building height, layout, location on the property, plan for trees and parking). Following the presentation, Commissioners asked clarifying questions about the clients, location, size, and DESC's experience with PSH.
Planning Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend the project to Council, as submitted.