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Consultant Hiring for Key WHI Project Work

Last summer, City Council requested several additional studies of West Hayden Island as part of the resolution to continue planning efforts on West Hayden Island (WHI). The project team is hiring  the following consultant teams to complete several studies over the next 6-9 months.

ECONorthwest has been hired to complete the following two studies:

  • Harbor Lands Inventory is a feasibility analysis of creating possible sites for a marine terminal by consolidation and/or expansion of existing sites along the Willamette River. This includes a review of our harbor lands inventory and will include the Vancouver waterfront lands.

  • Public Benefit-Costs Analysis will analyze the costs and benefits associated with a potential marine industrial development and related infrastructure on 300 acres and protecting the remaining 500 acres of open space on WHI. This analysis will compare the costs and benefits of development with the costs and benefits of leaving the island in its current condition.

Worley Parsons has been given a notice of intent to lead us through a Concept Plan development process (subject to Council approval on June 22nd). The consultant will use the City Council's parameters of protecting 500 acres as open space and 300 acres for future marine terminal development. They will design a public process for developing the concept plans with the Project Advisory Committee and the public. Four components of the concept panning process will include:

  1. A Rail Analysis to review different rail access scenarios that can be accommodated within a 300-acre footprint.

  2. An Operational Efficiencies Study to review innovations around the world at other ports, including why these strategies would or would not work in Portland.

  3. A Transportation Analysis to develop the street plan alternatives for WHI, including consideration of a bridge.

  4. Preliminary Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy (ESEE) Analysis. The consultant will provide advice to staff on a "as needed" basis to determine the positive, negative, mixed and neutral consequences of allowing, limiting or prohibiting a mix of marine industrial, open space and recreation uses.  

Please see the Phase II Technical Studies for a list of all the studies that are currently being undertaken by the city and consultants.

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