Last month, after almost a year of public hearings, work sessions and deliberations, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) made its final recommendations on the annexation of West Hayden Island. In two separate votes, the commission:
- Voted 7-3 in support of the annexation of West Hayden Island to the City of Portland.
- Voted unanimously to support a proposed legislative package, which includes an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and the Port of Portland to balance human and environmental health with the development of a deep water marine terminal as well as Comprehensive Plan designations and zoning regulations for West Hayden Island.
This vote is the culmination of extensive research, public involvement and discussion since 2010 to prepare a proposal for possible annexation of West Hayden Island, which would protect at least 500 acres as open space and provide no more than 300 acres for future deep water marine terminal development. The PSC’s recommendation will be considered by City Council, who will make a final decision, likely later this year.
In the days immediately before the vote, plans for the Columbia River Crossing failed to obtain necessary funding from the State of Washington. The commission responded to that development by directing BPS staff to prepare an additional set of amendments related to the Columbia River Crossing, including a recommendation to Council to consider a phased approach.