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West Hayden Island Phase II News Updates

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.