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

BPS Releases Community Health and Transportation Packet to Planning and Sustainability Commission

Packet provides background information for February 12th worksession

Today BPS forwarded a packet of material for the February 12 West Hayden Island (WHI) Work Session to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The session is estimated to be held between 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. as part of the regular PSC meeting that begins at 12:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500.

Discussion topics at the session include: a Health Report follow-up and Stage 2 Heath Impact Analysis, Housing fund, Construction and Best Management Practices, and Transportation issues. The PSC packet is available for review.

More information on this work session and future sessions is available on the BPS WHI Calendar.

You can also review the draft minutes from the January 29 natural resources work session.

Bureau releases Natural Resource Packet for Planning and Sustainability Commission

Packet to provide background and discussion information for January 29th

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material for the January 29th Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) West Hayden Island (WHI) Work Session on natural resources. This session will be held from 4-7 p.m. Materials that are included in the packet and will be discussed at the work session include: natural resource mitigation, ownership, and tribal interests. The elements of the packet sent to the PSC are available here for the public to access. 

You can find more information on the work session at the BPS WHI Calendar.

West Hayden Island Workplan for Next Few Months Presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Staff proposed several PSC worksessions over the next few months

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a worksession on Dec. 11 to discuss a workplan they had previously requested from the project team. The workplan lays out a schedule for the next few months and is intended to address the questions the PSC raised about the planning project and the Mayor’s proposed amendments. The commission expressed their commitment to resolving the issues and making a recommendation within three to six months. Staff also proposed engaging a group of technical experts to help review staff-prepared responses to the questions, which are consolidated with the technical reviewer list into a summary of PSC questions.

To find out information about the various work sessions in early 2013, please check the WHI Calendar. The meetings are open to the public, but testimony will not be taken at the work sessions. Testimony will be taken at another public hearing scheduled in April.

Planning and Sustainability Comission Hold Second Hearing on West Hayden Island Proposal

Additional testimony provided on November 27th

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a second hearing for the West Hayden Island Planning proposal on November 27 and continued to receive testimony from stakeholders. This was the continuation of the hearing that began on November 15. There was a good turnout for the second hearing and an additional 40 people signed up to testify who were not able to testify at the first hearing. The combined sessions had over 300 people in attendance and over 100 people who signed up to testify.

After two and half hours of additional testimony on November 27, the PSC Chair closed the hearing. The commissioners discussed next steps in the process and asked BPS staff to come back on Dec. 11, 2012. The December 11 meeting will be a work session to discuss the commissioner’s questions, and develop a schedule for their further consideration of this project over the next three months. The public is welcome to attend the work session but no public testimony will be taken.

West Hayden Island Advisory Committee Final Report Released

The West Hayden Island project facilitator released the WHI Advisory Committee’s final report on Nov. 25. The Advisory Committee met on Nov. 9 and 21 to discuss and review the WHI Proposed Draft plan as well as the Mayor’s proposal of amendments. The AC members took straw poll votes on key project elements related to transportation, community impacts and natural resources mitigation  Their report reviews their process from 2010 to present and tallies major plan elements they were in favor of and/or opposed to.

The Advisory Committee will discuss this report and their process with the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. during a continuation of the public hearing held on Nov. 15.  This second PSC hearing on the WHI project will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Rm 2500A. Public testimony will be taken at this time. For more information about how to provide testimony to the commission in person or in writing, please visit