North Highline South Annexation, Proposition 1, 2009

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The North Highline South Annexation, Proposition 1 was on the August 18, 2009 ballot in King County for voters in North Highline. Proposition 1 was a local measure that called for the annexation of the North Highline South area in King County to the city of Burien.

On February 2, 2009 Burien council members voted 4 to 1 to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the City of Seattle, which would authorize the city to add the North Highline South area.

The proposed annexation area contains 1,679 acres of land with an assessed valuation of $1.16 billion and an estimated population of 14,100.[1]

The annexation was approved.[2]

  • YES 1,380 (55.56%)Approveda
  • NO 1,104 (44.44%)

The transition is expected to take place by March 2010.[3]

Text of measure

The Burien City Council passed Resolution No. 288 which would authorize annexation of that area of unincorporated King County known as the North Highline South Annexation Area which annexation was approved by the Boundary Review Board with a modification to the boundaries as legally described in Resolution No. 292. Shall that area of unincorporated King County known as the North Highline South Annexation Area as legally described in City of Burien Resolution No. 292 be annexed to the City of Burien?[4]


Below are some of the arguments made by supporters of the annexation:[5]

  • The annexation to Burien would retain the small town feel.
  • The partial annexation is manageable and new revenue will be sufficient to support the addition.
  • Because of the annexation Burien is scheduled to receive state funds to offset the costs of the annexation during an initial period during which the City will staff up, review zoning polices and develop a capital improvement plan for the new area.
  • North Highline and Burien share a similar social community and the annexation will reunite a community that was divided 16 years ago when Burien was established as a city.


Below are some of the arguments made by opponents of the annexation:[5]

  • North Highline and Burien have diverse and separate communities.
  • Seattle can provide better and a higher level of service for North Highline residents than the City of Burien.
  • Residents of North Highline already have Seattle mailing addresses which protect property values.
  • The City of Burien does not have the scale to handle such a large annexation. The city is already spread thin and this added burden could bankrupt the city.
  • The North Highline community should stay together, not be split in two.

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