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

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

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.

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.

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.

Consultant Hiring for Key WHI Project Work

The city is hiring two consultants to work on key elements for planning West Hayden Island

Last summer, City Council requested several additional studies of West Hayden Island as part of the resolution to continue planning efforts on West Hayden Island (WHI). The project team is hiring  the following consultant teams to complete several studies over the next 6-9 months.

ECONorthwest has been hired to complete the following two studies:

  • Harbor Lands Inventory is a feasibility analysis of creating possible sites for a marine terminal by consolidation and/or expansion of existing sites along the Willamette River. This includes a review of our harbor lands inventory and will include the Vancouver waterfront lands.

  • Public Benefit-Costs Analysis will analyze the costs and benefits associated with a potential marine industrial development and related infrastructure on 300 acres and protecting the remaining 500 acres of open space on WHI. This analysis will compare the costs and benefits of development with the costs and benefits of leaving the island in its current condition.

Worley Parsons has been given a notice of intent to lead us through a Concept Plan development process (subject to Council approval on June 22nd). The consultant will use the City Council's parameters of protecting 500 acres as open space and 300 acres for future marine terminal development. They will design a public process for developing the concept plans with the Project Advisory Committee and the public. Four components of the concept panning process will include:

  1. A Rail Analysis to review different rail access scenarios that can be accommodated within a 300-acre footprint.

  2. An Operational Efficiencies Study to review innovations around the world at other ports, including why these strategies would or would not work in Portland.

  3. A Transportation Analysis to develop the street plan alternatives for WHI, including consideration of a bridge.

  4. Preliminary Economic, Social, Environmental and Energy (ESEE) Analysis. The consultant will provide advice to staff on a "as needed" basis to determine the positive, negative, mixed and neutral consequences of allowing, limiting or prohibiting a mix of marine industrial, open space and recreation uses.  

Please see the Phase II Technical Studies for a list of all the studies that are currently being undertaken by the city and consultants.