Chapter 2.45
PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.45.010    Created.

2.45.020    Membership.

2.45.030    Meetings.

2.45.040    Duties and responsibilities.

2.45.050    City staff support.

2.45.010 Created.

There is hereby created a planning commission to provide advice and recommendation to the city council on Burien’s future growth through review, analysis, and recommendations regarding the city’s comprehensive plan and related land use documents. [Ord. 388 § 1, 2003; Ord. 187 § 1, 1996; Ord. 113 § 1, 1995]

2.45.020 Membership.

(1) Number of Members. The planning commission shall consist of seven voting members.

(2) Appointment. All members of the planning commission shall be appointed by the city council. The four positions filled in 2003 (Positions 1, 2, 3, and 4) shall be appointed for terms expiring March 31, 2006, or until their successors are duly appointed and confirmed. The three incumbent positions (Positions 5, 6, and 7) shall expire March 31, 2004, or until their successors are duly appointed and confirmed. Subsequent appointments for full terms shall begin as of April 1st and shall be for four-year terms, or until their successors are duly appointed and confirmed. There shall be a term limit of two consecutive full terms. After a two-year absence, members may be reappointed. Members must reside within the city. The planning commission shall at all times include between five and seven voting members. All planning commission members shall be selected without respect to political affiliation and shall serve without compensation. The city council shall attempt, but shall not be obligated, to appoint planning commission members so that all geographic areas of the city are represented. Employees of the city of Burien are not eligible.

(3) Removal. Planning commission members may be removed by a majority vote of the entire city council for neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office or other just cause. Members may be removed if they have unexcused absences totaling 25 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings for the calendar year or three consecutive unexcused absences. The city manager shall notify the city council of any such absences. The decision of the city council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom.

(4) Vacancies. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this chapter. [Ord. 566 § 1, 2012; Ord. 388 § 2, 2003; Ord. 187 § 2, 1996; Ord. 113 § 2, 1995]

2.45.030 Meetings.

(1) The planning commission shall hold such regular and special meetings as may be necessary to complete its responsibilities. The planning commission shall elect from among its members a chair who shall preside at all meetings and a vice chair who shall preside in the absence of the chair. A majority of the planning commission members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and a majority vote of members present shall be necessary to carry any motion. Staff will prepare meeting agendas with advice from the chair.

(2) The planning commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business. [Ord. 566 § 1, 2012; Ord. 388 § 3, 2003; Ord. 187 § 3, 1996; Ord. 113 § 3, 1995]

2.45.040 Duties and responsibilities.

The planning commission shall be an advisory body to the city council responsible for providing advice and recommendation for Burien’s future growth. Duties of the planning commission shall include:

(1) Review and recommendations relating to the city of Burien’s comprehensive land use plan;

(2) Review and recommendations relating to changes to the official zoning map and the zoning code;

(3) Such other and future duties as assigned by the city council. [Ord. 388 § 4, 2003; Ord. 187 § 4, 1996; Ord. 113 § 4, 1995]

2.45.050 City staff support.

Administrative staff support shall be provided by the community development director or any other designee of the city manager. Said staff support shall be responsible for the agenda packets, written record of the proceedings of the planning commission, and such other support as necessary to enable the planning commission to conduct business and carry out its duties and responsibilities. [Ord. 566 § 1, 2012]