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City Council and Port Commission consider West Hayden Island Concept Plan alternatives

Watch video of presentation and discussion; take survey online

On October 12, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff and our consultant, Worley Parsons, gave an overview of the West Hayden Island Concept Plan alternatives at a joint briefing to the Portland City Council and the Port Commission. Both alternatives (A and B) accommodate no more than 300 acres of marine terminal development and no fewer than 500 acres of protected open space. They include variations on the terminal operations, open space enhancement, transportation network and recreational opportunities. The City and Port Commissioners were engaged in the presentation, asking questions and having a lively discussion.

You can also view a summary of the presentation and take an online survey at our Virtual Open House.

Comments on the WHI Concept Plan alternatives will be accepted until Nov. 7, 2011.

Come to a Virtual Open House for West Hayden Island Concept Plan Alternatives

Couldn't make last night's open house about the West Hayden Island draft concept plans? Can?t make the one on Saturday, October 15? Or the office hours next week? No worries; you can experience the entire thing virtually!

The West Hayden Island Concept Plan Open House is online! You can view the staff presentation to City Council and the Port, see the Power Point, review the concept plan alternatives and give your feedback on the draft concept plan elements all from one page. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

On October 12, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff gave a briefing on the West Hayden Island draft concept plans to a joint meeting of the Portland City Council and the Port Commission. The purpose of the briefing was to share an overview and the status of the WHI project and listen to a presentation by the consultant, WorleyParsons, on the concept plan alternatives. The commissioners had an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the alternatives.

Later that same day, the first of two public open houses was held at the Expo Center to kick off a series of events to solicit public input on the concept plan alternatives. If you couldn't make it last night, there's another open house on Saturday, October 15 at the Oxford Suites. And the following week, staff will be holding office hours on the island to answer questions and take comments.

The virtual open house is just one more opportunity for you to provide input on the concept plan elements. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

Questions? Please email whiproject@portlandoregon.gov.

Neighborhood Walks: Good Turn Out and Great Input!

Barber Neighborhood WalksBarbur Boulevard and surrounding neighborhoods were the focus of two neighborhood walks on September 22nd and 24th to get feedback on what the community would like to see improved along Portland's major southwest corridor. Project staff, residents and business owners walked with Community Working Group (CWG) members to get a first hand perspective of four distinct sections of Barbur Boulevard (Walk A covered sections 1 and 2 and Walk B covered sections 3 and 4). The walking groups explored the areas on both a weekday and weekend to experience the different levels of activity and traffic along the thoroughfare. Participants had a chance to chat with each other and share their unique perspectives and ideas for possible future improvements within the corridor.

Some observations...

We heard again about the incomplete network of sidewalks and how bicyclists do not feel safe on many parts of Barbur. In certain areas - around the Safeway store at Capitol Hill Road and the West Portland Crossroads area near Capitol Highway, for example - the sidewalk network is incomplete and lacks connections to other sections of Barbur Boulevard and the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. Even with these deficiencies, however, there are a number of pedestrians and bicyclists making due with the facilities at hand. People indicated that pedestrian safety could be improved with more clearly defined left turn pockets and driveway entrances.

Barbur Boulevard tends to be noisy and a less inviting place for people to congregate, but participants observed that the noise level decreased significantly not far from the high-traffic boulevard. In these quieter areas, some observed that these could be good areas for additional residents, but also noted concerns with air quality near the freeway. They encouraged staff to strategically think about the role of on-street parking on Barbur as it can act as a buffer from traffic; however, it can also pose additional risks to drivers and cyclists.

Much of the commercial development on Barbur tends to be single or two-story buildings, with large areas of surface parking. But the City's development standards for much of the corridor allow three and four story buildings and no minimum parking requirement - due to the frequent bus service. Some participants envisioned smaller shopping streets that spurred from Barbur, with a variety of local merchants and shopping choices. Others saw potential for additional office buildings that could benefit from being close to high capacity transit while buffering Barbur from the freeway.

Read more about what the groups observed and suggested as improvements by reading the complete summary.

What's next?

The information gathered during these walks will be packaged with transportation, environmental, economic and other analyses as staff develop a complete picture of Barbur as it currently exists. This information will help identify needs for the area, as well as help reveal some of the constraints and opportunities for the future of the Barbur corridor. The CWG will meet next on November 3rd to review the Draft Existing Conditions Report and begin discussing their expectations for the Barbur Concept Plan.