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BPS E-News: West Hayden Island – Proposed Draft Plan released for public review

From more than two years of public outreach, research and technical work, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has produced the Proposed Draft Plan for West Hayden Island, at the direction of City Council. This draft incorporates feedback from the community and the WHI Advisory Committee gathered during 4 open houses, 16 hours of office hours, 5 technical work sessions, numerous neighborhood meetings and 21 Advisory Committee meetings. In response to community input, many extra meetings were scheduled during the past several months to accommodate in-depth discussions about a previous iteration of the proposed draft plan.

The WHI Proposed Draft responds to City Council 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 kicked off three months of public outreach and discussion. Staff have been reviewing the draft with the project advisory committee and are holding several work sessions in September and October with the committee and subject experts. The public will be able to review and comment on the Proposed Draft at two open houses on Sept. 12 and Nov. 7.

On Oct. 23, 2012, BPS staff will give the Planning and Sustainability Commission a briefing on the Proposed Draft, as well as the recently completed Health Report. The PSC will host a public hearing on Nov. 15 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. Please check the project calendar to confirm the dates, times and locations of these and other meetings.

For more information, check the project website at or call 503-823-6042.