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West Hayden Island planning process enters next phase

On July 29, 2010, City Council passed a resolution directing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to continue work on a proposed concept plan and potential annexation of West Hayden Island. The resolution specified that at least 500 acres of West Hayden Island would be protected as open space and designated no more than 300 acres for future deep water marine terminal development.

The resolution directed staff to perform additional technical studies. In addition, Council asked staff to analyze the costs and benefits of developing part of the island, consider nature-based recreational opportunities and assess livability impacts, such as traffic, noise, dust and light on neighboring properties.

City planners are working to refine the process for this next phase of planning for the island, which will occur over the next 12 to 15 months. The work plan includes performing additional rail configuration and harbor lands inventory studies, considering terminal operational efficiencies, conducting cost/benefit analyses, looking at natural area land management options, reviewing local impacts and hosting a design workshop.

During this process, there will be several opportunities for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the project and provide comments through open houses and other events. Meeting notices, project updates and new information about the studies will be posted on the WHI website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/whi.

The future of West Hayden Island, lying just outside the City boundaries, has been in dispute for some time. It has been designated by Metro, the regional planning agency, as important industrial land as well a significant natural area. Resolving this long-standing question is important in order to provide certainty to the Port of Portland and the region and inform the City's state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update, which is occurring through the Portland Plan.

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