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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.