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Health Assessment Report for West Hayden Island Released

Report is result of collaboration between several public agencies and nonprofit health organizations

The West Hayden Island Draft Health Analysis is now available for public review. This report was prepared through a partnership between the Multnomah County Health Department, Upstream Public Health, Oregon Public Health Institute and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

This is the first time the City has partnered with health professionals to evaluate a zoning decision. The recently adopted Portland Plan stated the City's intention to incorporate public health considerations into its land use planning work. This report is an example of how that element of the Portland Plan can be implemented. While this draft health analysis is a small step — and only a first draft — we are excited about the opportunity that this kind of partnership presents.

This health analysis constitutes Step 1 of a two-step process to evaluate health impacts of potential marine terminal development on the community. The evaluation identifies a range of potential impacts, based on the WHI Concept Plan and the zoning proposal that will go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission for consideration. BPS will use the information in this analysis to update the Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy (ESEE) analysis for this project. The report will also help with refinement of mitigation measures included in the draft City/Port intergovernmental agreement. Step 2 will occur when a more specific development proposal is made and a formal Environmental Impact Statement is prepared.

The report references a number of other supporting documents with primary data, including a baseline noise study, traffic safety study and a greenhouse gas analysis. Both the Draft Health Analysis and the supporting documents can be found on the WHI website under Technical Studies: Phase II.

Next Steps
A work session with technical experts and the West Hayden Island Project Advisory Committee is scheduled for Monday, October 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Hayden Island. This work session will provide an opportunity for technical discussion and further vetting of the draft, as well as advisory committee discussion of the potential recommendations. The public is welcome to attend, and there will be an opportunity to comment or ask questions.

An open house on the West Hayden Island project is scheduled for November 7 at the Portland Expo Center.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing on the project on November 15.
More information can be found on the Meetings and Events page.

West Hayden Island - New Timelines and Dates

Note that many project dates have changed

Since the release of the Proposed Draft on August 14th, staff have been working on providing additional information and opportunities for outreach.  Several changes to our timeline have been made in recent days due to the need to provide time to complete some of these tasks.

Please note the following changes to the schedule.  Additional information can be provided within the WHI Calendar:


September 28: Advisory Committee Work Session on Health - moved to Oct. 22 (Natural Resource session to be held on 9/28 - see below)

October 1: Open House at the Portland Expo Center - moved to Nov. 7

October 2: Final Advisory Committee Meeting - moved to Nov. 9

October 9: Planning and Sustainability Briefing - moved to October 23

October 23: Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Hearing - moved to November 15


September 28, 8:30-12 noon: Advisory Committee Worksession on Natural Resources

October 22, 12:30-4:30p.m.: Advisory Committee Worksession on Health Analysis

October 23, 6p.m.: PSC Briefing on Proposed Draft Plan

November 7, 6-9:00p.m.: Open House for Proposed Draft - updated information

November 9, 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.: Advisory Committee Final Meeting

November 13, 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.: PSC Briefing on Final Health Analysis Report

November 15, 5:30-9:00p.m.: PSC Hearing on Proposed Draft w/ public testimony taken

November 27, 6:00p.m.: PSC Hearing (contd) and Work Session


Change in Timeline for WHI Health Analysis

Research, literature review and recommendations to be released in the next few weeks

A team of health experts, which includes staff from Multnomah County Health Department, Upstream Public Health and Oregon Public Health Institute, is preparing a health analysis of potential impacts on the community as a result of a possible future marine terminal development on West Hayden Island. The first part of the document (literature review and analysis) was to be released today.

The Health Department has requested additional time to complete the health analysis and present the entire document (literature review, analysis and recommendations). “Multnomah County Health Department wants to ensure this report presents the technical information in a way that adds value and makes sense to experts as well as the general public,” said Multnomah County’s Health Officer Dr. Gary Oxman. The City agrees with the health expert team that additional time is warranted.

A revised timeline for the release of the health analysis as well as meetings with the WHI Advisory Committee and open houses for the public will be posted online next week.

The recently adopted Portland Plan stated the City's intention to incorporate public health considerations into its land use planning work. This report will be an example of how that element of the Portland Plan can be implemented.

West Hayden Island Proposed Draft Released - Update

Release of the proposed draft and updated schedule of upcoming events.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has released the Proposed Draft Plan for West Hayden Island. This draft incorporates feedback from the community and the WHI Advisory Committee, taken during 4 open houses, 16 hours of office hours, 5 technical work sessions, numerous neighborhood meetings and 21 Advisory Committee meetings, including many extra meetings during the past two months to accommodate in-depth discussions about the preliminary proposed draft plan.

The WHI Proposed Draft responds to City Council’s direction (Resolution #36805) to develop a legislative proposal for the possible annexation of West Hayden Island, including a concept plan for no more than 300 acres of marine industrial development and no fewer than 500 acres of protected open and recreational space. The Proposed Draft package includes:

  • Revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps to assign land use designations to the island;
  • Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan policies and zoning regulations, including the creation of a plan district to regulate uses and development on WHI;
  • A proposed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and the Port of Portland outlining the timeline and responsibility for future improvements on the island; and
  • The Proposed Draft of the Hayden Island Natural Resources Inventory and the Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy Analysis (ESEE), which provide the basis for the environmental portions of the zoning code. Due to their size, they are posted separately.

The release of the proposed draft plan kicks off two months of public outreach and discussion. Staff will be reviewing the draft with the project advisory committee and holding several work sessions in September with the committee and subject experts. The public will be able to review and comment on the Proposed Draft at an Open House on September 12, 6 – 9 p.m. Please check the project website for more details and additional dates.

On October 9th, BPS staff will give the Planning and Sustainability Commission a briefing on the Proposed Draft, and updating them on advisory committee and public feedback received to that point. The PSC will host a public hearing on October 23rd on the Proposed Draft and any proposed amendments or changes to the draft. The public is invited to testify in person at this hearing or in writing.

West Hayden Island Upcoming Meetings and Events


  • 8/14: Release of Proposed Draft Plan
  • 8/14, 2 – 3 p.m.: Planning and Sustainability Commission Briefing on Proposed Draft Plan and Health Scope of Work (the public is welcome to attend, but no public testimony will be taken at this time)


  • 9/7, 9 a.m. – noon: Advisory Committee Work Session on Transportation (on Hayden Island, Oxford Suites Hotel)
  • 9/12, 6 – 9 p.m.: Open House for Proposed Draft (on Hayden Island, Oxford Suites Hotel); comments welcome
  • 9/21, 9 a.m. – noon: Advisory Committee Work Session on Natural Resources and Finance (1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A)
  • 9/28, 9 – 1 p.m.: Advisory Committee Work Session on WHI Health Report (on Hayden Island, Oxford Suites Hotel)


  • 10/1, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: 2nd Open House (NEW LISTING) for Proposed Draft and Health Report (Portland Expo Center); comments welcome
  • 10/2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Advisory Committee Final meeting (1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A
  • 10/9, 12:30 p.m.: PSC Briefing on Draft Proposed Plan and update on WHI Health Report
  • 10/23, 6:30p.m. (tentative time-check calendar): PSC Public Hearing on Proposed Draft Plan; public testimony taken 

The public hearing will be at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201, Room 2500, and Portlanders are invited to testify in person at this time. For written comments, please mail them to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, Suite 7100. Comments may also be emailed to For more tips for testifying, please visit the PSC website.

For more information, check the project website at or call 503-823-9715.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

West Hayden Island Open House held on July 17th

Overflow Crowd at Open House talks to Mayor Sam Adams

A "standing room only" crowd of nearly 100 people attended the West Hayden Island Project open house held by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on Tuesday July 17th. At the Oxford Suites on Hayden Island, Mayor Sam Adams began the proceedings by opening up the floor to public comments and questions, which were summarized and posted throughout the meeting room during the first hour. This was followed by a presentation from City Staff on the current West Hayden Island process, which included additional information about the progress of the study of health issues for adjacent areas.

A summary of the comments and questions from the open house along with staff answers will be posted in the near future, once they are completed.  Check the website for new information moving forward at