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WHI draft concept plan and technical studies ready for review

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff, in conjunction with consultant Worley Parsons, recently released the draft Concept Plan report for West Hayden Island. The report incorporates feedback from lengthy discussions with the project advisory committee and several public events, including two open houses and a series of office hours on the island. The report features a “base concept plan,” which is a hybrid of the best ideas from Alternatives A and B that were vetted in October 2011.

Producing a concept plan is one of the steps requested as part of City Council’s resolution to develop a legislative project to annex and plan for up to 300 acres of marine terminal development and at least 500 acres of open space on West Hayden Island.  

The Concept Plan is a “snapshot in time” of what may be feasible for potential future development on the 300 acres, as well as natural resource enhancement and passive recreational opportunities on the 500 acres. It will help staff as they develop the proposed zoning and regulations that will apply on the island. This legislative proposal will be unveiled with a series of open houses and hearings beginning later this spring. Consult the West Hayden Island website for more information about the Concept Plan and upcoming events.

Information from the Concept Plan is also informing several studies that are now ready for review:

  • Land Management Options – Staff memo that analyzes options for restoration, long-term care and financing for the open space area on West Hayden Island.

  • Public Benefit/Cost Analysis - Consultant study that considers the benefits and costs of developing West Hayden Island in accordance with the Concept Plan, compared with leaving the island in its current state.

  • Harbor Lands Inventory - Consultant study reviewing the most recent cargo forecasts to determine the potential need for marine terminal land on the island. It also considers the development potential for certain sites along the Willamette River.

The bureau will hold a Technical Work Session on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 7A at 1900 SW 4th Avenue. The work session will provide an opportunity for consultants and technical experts to discuss the documents with staff. These sessions are open to the public.

Please check the website for further information on the project, or to contact staff.