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About the Boundary Review Board

About the Boundary Review Board


Based on Chapter 36.93 of the Revised Code of Washington, the King County Boundary Review Board was formed in 1967 and provides independent, quasi-judicial review of proposals for creation of or changes to boundaries by cities and by special purpose districts (e.g., fire districts, and water/sewer districts) within King County. Through this review process, the Board ensures logical growth in the communities of King County.

The Board offers a unique opportunity for citizens to participate in review of creation of or changes to boundaries of cities and special purpose districts before a neutral hearing body. The Board serves to provide application standards, review protocols, review criteria, review processes, review timelines, legal counsel, and administrative responsibilities.  In addition to RCW 36.93, the Board operates under its Organization and Rules of Practice and Procedure.  


Board membership

Appointed by Special Purpose Districts (term expires 02/28/25)
  • Retired Water & Sewer Distrct Manager
  • Former City Clerk
Appointed by Cities of King County (term expires 01/31/2023)
  • Retired King County Demographer
Appointed by the King County Executive (term expires 01/31/25)
Appointed by the King County Executive (term expires 01/31/2025)
  • Community Planner (Retired)
  • Educator
  • Management Consultant
Appointed by Cities of King County (term expires 01/31/2023)
  • Business Consultant
  • Former Program Manager - Microsoft
  • Former Member of the Bellevue Planning Commission
Appointed by Cities of King County (term expires 01/31/2023)
  • Transportation Planner/Engineer
  • Former Member Newcastle City Council
  • Member Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Licensed Civil Engineer, State of Washington
  • Certified Road Safety Professional
Appointed by Special Purpose Districts (term expires 02/28/2025)
  • Architect and Planner
Appointed by the Cities of King County (term expires 01/31/2025))
  • US Air Force Veteran
  • Retired Insurance Compliance Analyst
  • Former Redmond City Councilmember
  • President - Northwest Baseball Umpires Association
Appointed by the King County Executive (term expires 01/31/2025)
  • Geographer
  • Land Use Planner (Snohomish)
Appointed by Special Purpose Districts (term expires 02/28/25)
  • Retired Businessman
  • Past President of the King County Fire Commissioners Association
Appointed by the King County Executive (term expires 01/31/2023)
  • Demographer - Snohomish County

New city incorporations

The BRB oversees preparation of an impartial consultant study to assess the financial feasibility of the proposed new city. Following completion of the study, the Board holds a public hearing, establishes final boundaries, and makes a recommendation to the voters, who make the final decision in an election on the incorporation.

Other proposed actions

For all other proposed actions, including annexations, the BRB notifies all potentially interested jurisdictions of the action, but holds a hearing only if the action is contested. The request for a hearing and Board review must come from an affected jurisdiction or from residents or property owners by petition. Following the hearing in contested cases, the Board may approve, deny, or modify the boundaries of the proposed annexation, merger or other boundary action.
Shelby Miklethun
Executive Secretary
Phone: 206-263-9772
Email: boundaryreviewboard@kingcounty.gov
Angélica Velásquez
Project/Program Manager II
Phone: 206-477-0633
Email: boundaryreviewboard@kingcounty.gov

Mailing address/Fax no.:

Washington State Boundary Review Board for King County
400 Yesler Way, Rm. 205
Seattle, WA 98104

Fax no. 206-788-8565

Link/share our site at kingcounty.gov/BRB