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WHI draft concept plan and technical studies ready for review

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

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.

Portland Plan heads to City Council for Adoption

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

With a City Council hearing scheduled for April 18 at 6 p.m., adoption of the Portland Plan is within our sights. Over 2+ years, thousands of Portlanders and dozens of partner agencies have been involved in the creation of this once-in-a-generation plan, providing a roadmap for Portland’s future.

The Portland Plan was the focus and the theme of Mayor Sam Adams’ State of the City address this year, and his message was loud and clear: “Portland the Place is flourishing. Portland the People are not. That needs to change,” he stated as he made the case for improving graduation rates, creating jobs and healthier neighborhoods, and reducing racial disparities.

The goal of the Portland Plan is fourfold: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. Unlike past plans, it focuses not just on places but also on people. This broader and more inclusive approach as well as its core principle of equity is what will distinguish the Portland Plan from others of its kind. To that end, the Mayor cited the following efforts:

  • Prosperous: We’ve made strides to create a more resilient economy, by focusing on growth in our targeted sectors, exporting, and investing in our neighborhood business districts.

  • Educated: We’re making progress on halving our high school dropout rate, by engaging the entire community in supporting our youth.

  • Healthy: We’re working toward a healthier, more connected and safer city, where people have access to the essentials in their own neighborhood.

  • Equitable: And we’re taking important steps to become more equitable and address disparities that hold us back as a community.

But this is just the beginning. The Portland Plan proposes ways to work smarter, define our focus, be more practical, work together, and be ready to make difficult decisions. Through the process of creating the plan with residents, businesses and partner organizations, we’ve developed integrated strategies that help prioritize the work to achieve our goals.

So a project like East Portland in Motion, which focuses on making it safer and easier to get around parts of East Portland by walking, biking or rolling a good example of how addressing multiple objectives with one initiative can maximize our investments in infrastructure, education and jobs. These are the kinds of efforts we’ll continue to make under the direction of the Portland Plan so that all Portlanders can enjoy the benefits of living in this city.

Recommended Draft – Portland Plan City Council Hearing

On April 18, 2012, at 6 p.m. the Portland City Council will hold its first hearing on the Recommended Draft - Portland Plan. Partners and community members will be on hand to offer their testimony, and the public is invited to attend or watch the meeting online at or on Channel 30.

This promises to be a watershed moment. It’s been more than 30 years since the City of Portland adopted a plan like this. The new Portland Plan builds on the City’s successes and blazes a new path for the next 25 years. We thank you for your contribution to the creation of this remarkable plan for our community. See My Portland Plan at


20th Annual BEST Awards Tickets on sale now

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Join Mayor Sam Adams, Director Susan Anderson and the region’s most sustainable businesses in celebrating 20 years of the Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Awards!

The BEST Awards recognize companies that exemplify ambitious and creative solutions for sustainability while promoting social, economic and environmental equity for the Portland area.

In the first of a series on Sustainable Business Oregon’s blog, program manager Megan Stein talks about how this year’s BEST Awards applicants exemplify the people component of the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit). Watch SBO’s blog in the coming weeks for more details about this year’s applicants, or view the full applicant list here.

Event details

  • April 25, 2012, doors open at 4 p.m. and program begins at 4:30 p.m.

  • Event is open seating, so arrive early to save your seat.

  • At the Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St., Portland, Oregon 97204.


Nik Blosser of Celilo Group Media, Aneshka Dickson of Colas Construction and Renee Spears of Rose City Mortgage will present 20 years of sustainable business in Portland. Remember where we started and be inspired by how far we've come. Envision where we will go!
Mayor Adams will unveil the winners of the 2012 BEST Awards. A champagne toast and lively networking reception will follow, including complimentary appetizers and cash bar.
This event is open to the public. Tickets $25, includes a complimentary mobile Chinook Book for use on your Android or iPhone. Save $5 by entering discount code BPS at checkout. Buy tickets at

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The BEST Awards are presented by Sustainability at Work, a program of the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Metro, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Water Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, New Seasons Market and Chinook Book.



From BPS Director Susan Anderson: Celebrate the Portland Plan!

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Please join me on April 18, 6 p.m. at City Hall to celebrate the Portland Plan.  

The Portland Plan is truly the city's new roadmap to 2035—created by 20 public agency partners over 2+ years with more than 50 public meetings and 20,000 comments from residents, businesses, neighborhoods and non-profits.

For decades, Portlanders have understood the connections among land use, transportation, housing, business, green spaces and people. The results are a prosperous central city and attractive, livable neighborhoods, instead of sprawl.  

The Portland Plan builds on this success, but also recognizes new, major actions are needed to create a place where all people are healthy, educated and well-trained for 21st century jobs in a city that is prosperous with affordable housing and transportation, accessible parks and greenspace and a clean environment.  

The Portland Plan features integrated strategies to ensure that Portland is prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable.  The Plan includes long term policies, short term actions and measurable goals.  The final draft plan is available at and will be presented to City Council for consideration/adoption next month.

So what can you do?

  • Go to My Portland Plan at for ideas on what you can do at home, at work or on the road to help Portland reach its goals.

  • Take a look at the Portland Plan video.

  • Review the final draft plan and join the crowd at City Hall on April 18 to discuss the Portland Plan with City Council.

Finally, thank you to every one of the 20,000+ people who took the time to study the issues, review early plan drafts, and share ideas, comments and solutions.  

Your participation and engagement makes a difference!

All the best,



Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability


Airport community advisory committee meets in April

Agenda includes updates on long range planning, business and construction as well as sustainability efforts

The PDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold its second quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 5 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Chinook Room of the Port of Portland Headquarters.

The creation of this diverse, regional advisory committee was a recommendation of the Airport Futures Plan District and PDX Master Plan adopted jointly by the Portland City Council and the Port of Portland Commissioners in April 2011. The City of Portland is a CAC sponsor, along with the City of Vancouver and the Port of Portland. The agenda for the April 5th meeting will include updates from the Port on business, construction and long range planning; and updates from the Port, Vancouver and Portland on their respective sustainability efforts.

More information available at