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Updated news and information on the project along with links to any relevant documents.

Environmental Program Update for Hayden Island

Draft Natural Resource Inventory for Hayden Island/Columbia River soon to be available

The City of Portland is currently updating the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory (HINRI) to incorporate comments received from a Technical Review Panel. The inventory is an update of the natural resources around the entirety of Hayden Island, both west and east sides, as well as an update of the resources along the south shore of the Columbia between Kelley Point Park to a point just west of Marine Drive and NE 33rd Avenue. A draft of this inventory will become available on WHI's Environmental Program page the end of June for public review and comment. You can view additional information about the program and view a map of the NRI study area at the WHI Environmental Program Update page as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Brooks at 503-823-7831 or via email

Hayden Island Draft Natural Resource Inventory

The Draft Inventory is available for public review

The Hayden Island Draft Natural Resource Inventory (HINRI) is available for review.

The HINRI covers all of Hayden Island (east and west) as well as the southern bank of the Columbia River from Kelley Point Park to NE 33rd Avenue. The HINRI is part of the Environmental Program Update for Hayden Island and will be a key element to the concept planning for West Hayden Island.

The public is encouraged to comment on the document until September 30, 2011. Instructions for providing comments are in the Hayden Island Environmental Program Update.

West Hayden Island Draft Concept Plans available on Monday, September 26

Ever wonder what a concept plan is? Soon you'll be able to find out. The draft concepts for West Hayden Island will be available for public review on Monday, September 26. Please check back on this website then.

But while you're waiting, check this definition out.

Concept Plan Definition: A concept plan is not a complete land use plan or design. It is simply a very general representation of the elements that planners and stakeholders would like to see incorporated into a project plan. When the time comes to adopt zoning and other land use regulations, it provides planners and the community an idea of what they should be zoning/planning for, i.e., a rail loop, open space.

Draft Concepts for West Hayden Island ready for public review

Public invited to view concept plan alternatives that accommodate marine terminal development and open space during October open houses and office hours

In July 2010, the Portland City Council passed a resolution directing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a concept plan and legislative proposal for West Hayden Island that would accommodate at least 500 acres of open space and no more than 300 acres for future deep water marine terminal development. Since then, staff and consultant teams have been conducting research, engaging the public and working with the project’s WHI Advisory Committee to prepare a Concept Plan and a proposal for City Council consideration by the spring of 2012. Neither the city nor the Port intend to use this concept plan as a blueprint for immediate development; rather, it will assist the City in understanding future options, to inform the creation of zoning and code language to guide future potential development.

On Friday, September 23, project consultants WorleyParsons shared the initial concept plan drafts with the Advisory Committee. The concept plan alternatives (A and B) include two different layouts for 1) terminal and rail options and 2) environmental/recreation options. The Advisory Committee will meet again on October 21 to discuss the draft plans in more detail, consider public input and provide staff and the consultants direction.

The draft concept plan alternatives are now available for public review and comment. These draft concepts and more detailed maps on specific topics such as transportation, terminal operations, recreation and habitat restoration will be available for the public to review in October at two open houses and during additional “office hours” to accommodate as many people as possible. Public comment will be taken through November 7 at the following events:

Open Houses

Wednesday, October 12

5 - 8 p.m.; presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Expo Center (Hall D, Rms D202-4) Free parking

Saturday, October 15

9 a.m. – 12 noon; presentation at 10 a.m.

Hayden Island Oxford Suites Hotel

Office Hours

October 18, 20, 25 and 27

7 – 9 a.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. each day

Oxford Suites on Hayden Island

Meet BPS staff and informally discuss the concept plans and provide comments


These events will offer Portlanders a chance to see the draft concept plans, ask questions and give feedback. Please see the calendar for more details about these and other opportunities to provide input on the draft concept plans.

Come to a Virtual Open House for West Hayden Island Concept Plan Alternatives

Couldn't make last night's open house about the West Hayden Island draft concept plans? Can?t make the one on Saturday, October 15? Or the office hours next week? No worries; you can experience the entire thing virtually!

The West Hayden Island Concept Plan Open House is online! You can view the staff presentation to City Council and the Port, see the Power Point, review the concept plan alternatives and give your feedback on the draft concept plan elements all from one page. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

On October 12, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff gave a briefing on the West Hayden Island draft concept plans to a joint meeting of the Portland City Council and the Port Commission. The purpose of the briefing was to share an overview and the status of the WHI project and listen to a presentation by the consultant, WorleyParsons, on the concept plan alternatives. The commissioners had an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the alternatives.

Later that same day, the first of two public open houses was held at the Expo Center to kick off a series of events to solicit public input on the concept plan alternatives. If you couldn't make it last night, there's another open house on Saturday, October 15 at the Oxford Suites. And the following week, staff will be holding office hours on the island to answer questions and take comments.

The virtual open house is just one more opportunity for you to provide input on the concept plan elements. Comments are due by Nov. 7, 2011.

Questions? Please email