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West Hayden Island Public Hearing With Planning and Sustainability Commission Draws Large Crowd

Testimony to continue on November 27

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a special hearing on the West Hayden Island Planning proposal on Nov. 15 in the Portland Building. At the evening meeting, more than 200 attendees filled a conference room and overflowed into the auditorium, where they could watch the hearings via closed circuit television. More than 70 people signed up to testify at the hearing, which lasted four-plus hours. Project advisory committee members and sovereign nations tribal representatives also provided testimony on the proposal.

Given the large number of testifiers, PSC Chair Andre Baugh announced that the hearing would be continued to Nov. 27 to allow more time for public testimony. The final report from the advisory committee is likely to be available at this hearing.

For those who could not provide oral testimony at the Nov. 15 hearing, there is still a chance to testify on Nov. 27. At the hearing, please fill out a testimony sheet as early as possible to ensure a time to testify. You can also comment in writing by submitting your written testimony to: psc@portlandoregon.gov.

West Hayden Island Draft Plan

Public Hearing

November 27, 6 - 9 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A

Testimony will be taken.

For more information about the PSC schedule and how to provide testimony, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc.

Mayor and Staff release Amendments to West Hayden Island Proposal

Amendments submitted to the Advisory Committee at their worksession

The mayor, in conjunction with his staff and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, released a package of proposed amendments to the West Hayden Island Proposed Draft. These amendments were presented to the project advisory committee at the beginning of their worksession this morning. The package included a letter from the mayor, a summary of the elements of the amended proposal, and updated versions of the zoning code and intergovernmental agreement (IGA) shown with "track changes" to indicate what had been changed. This information will also be provided to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for discussion at the project hearing on November 27th.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission page includes information on how to testify at their hearings.

West Hayden Island Advisory Committee Final Report Released

The West Hayden Island project facilitator released the WHI Advisory Committee’s final report on Nov. 25. The Advisory Committee met on Nov. 9 and 21 to discuss and review the WHI Proposed Draft plan as well as the Mayor’s proposal of amendments. The AC members took straw poll votes on key project elements related to transportation, community impacts and natural resources mitigation  Their report reviews their process from 2010 to present and tallies major plan elements they were in favor of and/or opposed to.

The Advisory Committee will discuss this report and their process with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. during a continuation of the public hearing held on Nov. 15.  This second PSC hearing on the WHI project will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500A. Public testimony will be taken at this time. For more information about how to provide testimony to the commission in person or in writing, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/psc

Planning and Sustainability Comission Hold Second Hearing on West Hayden Island Proposal

Additional testimony provided on November 27th

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a second hearing for the West Hayden Island Planning proposal on November 27 and continued to receive testimony from stakeholders. This was the continuation of the hearing that began on November 15. There was a good turnout for the second hearing and an additional 40 people signed up to testify who were not able to testify at the first hearing. The combined sessions had over 300 people in attendance and over 100 people who signed up to testify.

After two and half hours of additional testimony on November 27, the PSC Chair closed the hearing. The commissioners discussed next steps in the process and asked BPS staff to come back on Dec. 11, 2012. The December 11 meeting will be a work session to discuss the commissioner’s questions, and develop a schedule for their further consideration of this project over the next three months. The public is welcome to attend the work session but no public testimony will be taken.

West Hayden Island Workplan for Next Few Months Presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Staff proposed several PSC worksessions over the next few months

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a worksession on Dec. 11 to discuss a workplan they had previously requested from the project team. The workplan lays out a schedule for the next few months and is intended to address the questions the PSC raised about the planning project and the Mayor’s proposed amendments. The commission expressed their commitment to resolving the issues and making a recommendation within three to six months. Staff also proposed engaging a group of technical experts to help review staff-prepared responses to the questions, which are consolidated with the technical reviewer list into a summary of PSC questions.

To find out information about the various work sessions in early 2013, please check the WHI Calendar. The meetings are open to the public, but testimony will not be taken at the work sessions. Testimony will be taken at another public hearing scheduled in April.