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Available for review: West Hayden Island Final Health Analysis

Analysis will be shared with the public at an open house tonight on Hayden Island.

The West Hayden Island Final Health Analysis is now available for review and will be shared with the public at an open house tonight on Hayden Island. This report was prepared through a partnership between the Multnomah County Health Department, Upstream Public Health, Oregon Public Health Institute and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

This health analysis constitutes Step 1 of a two-step process to evaluate health impacts of potential marine terminal development on the community. The evaluation identifies a range of potential impacts, based on the WHI Concept Plan and the zoning proposal that will go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission for consideration. The report references a number of other supporting documents with primary data, including a baseline noise study, traffic study and port emissions data. Both the Draft Health Analysis and the supporting documents can be found on the WHI website under Technical Studies: Phase II.

Next Steps
The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a special hearing on the entire WHI Proposed Draft (including the health analysis) on November 15, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Portland Building. Public testimony will be taken at this time.

New Apartments and Parking Studies Completed; Public Forum to Discuss on November 13

Results of research and analysis to address community concerns will be shared at public forum on November 13, 2012. Comments welcome.

Recent construction of and proposals for apartment buildings with no onsite parking along inner Portland’s commercial streets have sparked concerns from some neighborhood organizations about the impact this new construction and additional cars may have on their community.

In response to input from community members, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has completed research and analysis in order to have more informed conversations about new apartments and parking, including: 

  1. Summary of issues raised by community members
  2. Review of last six years of permit data for multi-dwelling projects
  3. Parking and Travel Behavior Study - A consultant study of travel, parking behavior and vehicle ownership of residents of eight existing residential/mixed use buildings with little or no parking; includes vehicle counts, surveys with residents and interviews as well as a compilation of other research related to infill development, parking and travel behavior of residents
  4. Cost of Onsite Parking and Impacts on Affordability - BPS modeled development data to evaluate the cost of providing onsite parking for infill apartments and impacts on affordability.
  5. TriMet Service Review - Review of transit service frequency in 2007 (prior to service cuts) and current service levels

The results of these studies will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at a Public Forum on November 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Portlanders are invited to attend and comment at this time.

The results of the studies above, as well as additional materials are now available online, including:

Please join us at the public forum on November 13. If you are not able to attend the forum, you can send comments directly to the PSC at psc@portlandoregon.gov.