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Packet to provide background and discussion information for January 29th
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material for the January 29th Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) West Hayden Island (WHI) Work Session on natural resources. This session will be held from 4-7 p.m. Materials that are included in the packet and will be discussed at the work session include: natural resource mitigation, ownership, and tribal interests. The elements of the packet sent to the PSC are available here for the public to access.
You can find more information on the work session at the BPS WHI Calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.