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Updated news and information on the project along with links to any relevant documents.

Environmental Program Update for Hayden Island

Draft Natural Resource Inventory for Hayden Island/Columbia River soon to be available

The City of Portland is currently updating the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory (HINRI) to incorporate comments received from a Technical Review Panel. The inventory is an update of the natural resources around the entirety of Hayden Island, both west and east sides, as well as an update of the resources along the south shore of the Columbia between Kelley Point Park to a point just west of Marine Drive and NE 33rd Avenue. A draft of this inventory will become available on WHI's Environmental Program page the end of June for public review and comment. You can view additional information about the program and view a map of the NRI study area at the WHI Environmental Program Update page as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Brooks at 503-823-7831 or via email mindybrooks@portlandoregon.gov

Save the Date and RSVP for West Hayden Island Tours

The city will be leading two public tours of the island on May 7th and June 4th.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be leading two public tours of West Hayden Island to provide the public a chance to see the island and learn more about the planning project in preparation for the concept planning process later this summer. 

The tour on Saturday May 7th will be a van tour of the island. Space is limited to 25 people. Click here to find out more information about this van tour, registering and deadlines.

The tour on Saturday June 4th will be a walking tour. Two options of differing lengths will be offered. These tours will also have a limited number of attendees. Click here to find out more information about the walking tours, registering and deadlines.

Tours on both dates will begin at the end of Hayden Island Drive, and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Registration at 9:45 a.m.)

West Hayden Island Consultant Requests for Proposals

The City has released two Requests for Proposals (RFP)s for consultant work on West Hayden Island

There are currently two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) requesting consultant bids to aid the city in their current phase of planning for West Hayden Island.  These requests were released in early March.

The first would lead us through the concept planning process adhering to the City Councils parameters to consider protecting at least 500 acres of open space while allowing up to 300 acres for marine terminal development.  This work would also consider background research such as updating a rail study for the island and researching operational efficiencies that could be used on the island. The bids are due on April 1st. The second will analyze the potential public costs and benefits associated with a marine terminal development meeting the parameters of the City Council, as well as the costs and benefits in keeping the island's current state. Bids for this proposal are due on April 8th. 

For consultants interested in finding out more about these RFPs, you can access the city's purchasing website at www.ebidexchange.com/cityofportland.  The current proposals are BPS-014 and BPS-015 respectively.

General information about these scopes of work were discussed with the projects Advisory Committee in January, and are available in the Adviory Committee meeting notes, starting on page 32

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 mindy.brooks@portlandoregon.gov.

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