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West Hayden Island Phase II News Updates

Advisory Committee, Public Involvement Strategy and Environmental Program

West Hayden Island Advisory Committee Formed

For Phase II of the West Hayden Island Project, an Advisory Committee has been formed to replace the former Coordinating Committee and Community Working Group. The Advisory Committee is made up of individuals with environmental and economic interests as well as local, state and regional perspectives. The primary function of this group is to serve as advisors on the West Hayden Island Project and related programs. The Advisory Committee met twice in December 2010 and once in January 2011 to review draft scopes of work for additional consultant studies that will be done this year.

For a calendar of upcoming WHI Advisory Committee meetings, meeting summaries, membership and a list of the consultant studies to be produced during this phase of the project, visit the Advisory Committee page on the project web site.

Public Outreach and Involvement Summit Helps Refine WHI Strategy for Future Engagement

On Nov. 30, 2010, BPS hosted a meeting of 25 stakeholders to discuss public outreach and involvement strategies for the next phase of the West Hayden Island project. BPS shared a draft outreach and involvement plan for the project. The group’s feedback will serve as guidance to City staff as we plan and implement public events and meetings to inform and engage the public. Some of the suggestions made by the group included:

  • Provide the public with more knowledge of the island through tours.
  • Develop key sets of questions for the public to respond to in order to frame discussions.
  • Provide specific development scenarios for different uses so the public can think more concretely about potential impacts and offer feedback.
  • Provide executive summaries of technical reports for public review and comment on key aspects/findings of the reports.

To review the summit meeting notes and the BPS public outreach and involvement plan, visit the Public Involvement page.

Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) Update for the Island

As part of the West Hayden Island Phase II project as well as implementation of the Hayden Island Plan, the City of Portland is updating the Environmental Program for the whole island and portions of the Columbia River southern bank. The first step is developing an inventory of existing natural resources, such as vegetation, wetlands, flood area and shallow water habitat. The City has established a technical panel made up of local and regional experts to assist with the inventory. A draft update will be available for public review and comment in the spring.

The next steps include evaluating the trade-offs between different levels of natural resources protection and refining environmental overlay zoning within the study area. For additional information, please contact Mindy Brooks at 503-823-7831 or

To see a map of the NRI study area, visit the WHI Environmental Program Update page.

BPS News: New Solarize Guidebook: A tool for local governments and communities to pursue energy independence

Community solar program “how-to” resource now available with help from the City of Portland and Energy Trust of Oregon

For immediate release
9 February 2011

Christine Llobregat
City of Portland
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


New Solarize Guidebook: A tool for local governments and communities to pursue energy independence

Community solar program “how-to” resource now available with help from the City of Portland and Energy Trust of Oregon

Portland, ORE. -- A new guidebook that shares best practices from recent volunteer-driven Solarize projects about volume purchasing of solar energy systems aims to help other communities grow clean energy programs and create family-wage jobs. The Solarize Guidebook, developed for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the City of Portland, is now available at:

Four Solarize Portland projects, plus efforts in Pendleton, Salem and other cities, have been completed since 2009. During each project, neighbors learn together the ins and outs of going solar - from how the technology works and finding a contractor to learning about available financing options such as Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives and state and federal tax credits.

The guidebook features key elements of the Solarize campaigns in Portland, and offers several program variations from projects beyond Portland. The guidebook provides lessons, considerations, and step-by-step plans for project organizers who are looking to replicate a collective purchasing model.  

"From green building to urban farming, Portland is proving to be a living laboratory for urban sustainability in America," said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. "With the new first-of-its-kind Solarize guidebook, Portlanders are showing once again their enthusiasm for making sustainability easier, more convenient and more affordable. I hope and am confident that the lessons learned here in Portland will benefit neighborhoods and cities around the nation."

The City of Portland launched its first solar program in 2006 with the help of an award from the DOE Solar America Cities program. This grant provided funding for the creation of The Solarize Guidebook as part of the larger DOE effort to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies for a cleaner and more secure energy future.

"We are delighted to share the practical tools from the Solarize campaigns with local governments and community organizers," said Susan Anderson, director of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. "The City of Portland, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar America Cities program, is intent on continuing to develop creative approaches to increase market demand for solar. In addition, our bureau continues to help connect Portland's businesses and homeowners to resources and local solar contractors outside of the Solarize effort." 

About Solar America Cities 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has designated 25 major U.S. cities as Solar America Cities committed to accelerating the adoption of solar energy technologies. Best practices and lessons learned from the Solar America Cities are shared across the United States to help other communities replicate successes.  Visit Solar America Cities online at 

About National Renewable Energy Lab

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. Learn more about NREL at

About Energy Trust of Oregon

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $600 million on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at or call 1-866-368-7878.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland’s diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland’s position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce.


CC2035 Events - Willamette River Sympsosium #2

The Central City 2035 Symposium Series continues with the second event focused on the Willamette River.

Central City 2035 continues its Symposium Series with the second Willamette River Symposium on Friday, February 25. Full event details can be found on the Central City calendar.

The February 25 Symposium will continue the discussion from the first Willamette River Symposium on February 4. Documents, handouts, and a summary of the event can be found online at the Central Reach Website.

Willamette River Symposium #2 Agenda - February 25, 2011

  1. Welcome/introductions
  2. Review the results of the February 4th symposium
  3. The policy concepts that we've discussed so far have been focused primarily on a single element. Within the context of the issues that we've discussed and others that face the river today, how can we achieve development, access, and vibrancy, and at the same time protect and restore natural resources and watershed health?
    • Is it important or beneficial to integrate development, access, vibrancy and watershed health on every site? If not, at what scale should integration happen?
    • Using several key waterfront sites that are likely to change significantly in the next 25 year, how can we integrate the following elements: a Clean and Healthy River; Prosperous Working Harbor; Portland's Front Yard; Vibrant Waterfront Districts and Neighborhoods; and Partnership, Leadership, and Education?
    • Are there sites that are likely to change significantly in the next 25 years where it will be challenging to integrate the elements?
  4. How can we capture the thinking that emerged in a-c above in policy statements or concepts?
  5. Public comment
  6. Final comments
  7. Next Steps
  8. Adjourn

The CC2035 team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.