Between late September and early November 2011, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted several public events and an online survey to give the public several opportunities to comment on the draft concept plans for West Hayden Island. More than 100 people commented on two alternatives for accommodating both marine terminal development as well as open space and recreation on the island’s 800 acres.
Project consultant Cogan Owens Cogan produced a report that summarizes this public input on the concept plan alternatives. While most comments were based on specific features of the Concept Plan Alternatives, numerous respondents addressed the general topic of industrial development on West Hayden Island, with opinions split on whether it is appropriate or not. Proponents cited a lack of industrial land in the region, while opponents cited the lack of a demonstrated need for a marine terminal at this site.
The WHI Advisory Committee, City staff and the project consultant team at Worley Parsons are using this information to create a single draft concept plan. It will also inform their discussions about annexation, potential zoning and other land use regulations for the site. All of this information will be part of the legislative package that BPS will prepare for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council consideration in mid-2012.