West Hayden Island is home to some of the region's largest tracts of undeveloped open space as well as valuable deep-water terminal capacity. That's why Metro has classified the 800+ acres as both significant environmentally and useful for industrial purposes. In an effort to preserve and enhance both of these assets, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a concept plan for the island that would include both. During October, BPS and its consultant, Worley Parsons, presented a set of alternative concepts to the public for review and comment that would accommodate no more than 300 acres of marine terminal development and no fewer than 500 acres of open space and natural area on West Hayden Island.
Public outreach kicked off with a presentation to a joint meeting of the City Council and Port Commission on October 12 at the Port offices at the Portland Airport. This was followed by two open houses in North Portland and on Hayden Island, which attracted more than 50 people who wanted to review and discuss the concept plan alternatives. The alternatives addressed four main topic areas: operations, transportation, natural resources and recreation.
The open houses were followed by a series of office hours that staff held on Hayden Island during the second half of October. These informal meetings allowed community members to drop-in and find out more about the project. During this time, a virtual open house of the concept plans was posted on the project's website, which gave participants a chance answer questions and provide specific comments on the alternatives online. The comment period on the concept plan alternatives closed on November 7.
However, the draft concepts are still available for viewing on the project website. For more information, please contact the project planners Rachael Hoy at 503-823-9715 / Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Nameny at 503-823-7709 / email@example.com.