What’s 800 acres and adjacent to a railroad line? One of the region’s largest undeveloped tracks of land, West Hayden Island (WHI) is located west of the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad tracks running north/south on Hayden Island. WHI lies within the Urban Growth Boundary but is currently outside of the city limits. Metro, the regional planning agency, has designated this land as having both industrial and environmental significance, and it is up to the City of Portland to determine whether future marine industrial uses can co-exist with the natural resources.
To help make this initial decision, the City created a Community Working Group (CWG) is comprised of representatives from environmental organizations, local businesses, community neighborhood groups and government representatives. The City also contracted with ENTRIX, a consulting firm, to provide economic and environmental foundation studies to research the current conditions, functions and future opportunities of the island. These studies have been completed, and the
CWG will be conducting workshops on June 15 and, if necessary, June 22 to analyze the data and advise staff on a proposed direction to City Council in July. The public will have an opportunity to observe and comment at the June 15 workshop. For more information about and locations for the workshops, please visit the WHI website at www.portlandonline.com/bps/whi.
WHI Open House
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will hold an open house on June 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jantzen Beach Center Park Room to share the findings of the economic and environmental studies with the public. For details, please contact one of the project members listed below/at right, left or visit the website.
City Council Presentation
The CWG and staff will present their findings to City Council on July 14 at 2 p.m., and the public is welcome to comment at this presentation. After consideration, the City Council will decide how to continue the planning process on West Hayden Island; whether to preserve the island as a natural resource or to develop it for marine industrial purposes — or both.
For more information on this project, please contact:
Or visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/whi