On April 13, 2011, at 2 p.m., the Portland City Council will vote to adopt the Airport Futures Plan. Airport Futures was a collaborative effort between the City and Port of Portland, and the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan community to create an integrated, long-range development plan for the airport and the surrounding area.
The Airport Futures plan Council will take a new approach to protecting and enhancing natural resources in and around the airport. Instead of traditional regulation, the plan calls for the Port to mitigate for impacts to wildlife habitat by improving 300 acres of grassland on Government Island in advance of development. The Port also made a strong commitment to the overall enhancement of the Columbia Slough by pledging $1.8 million in tree planting and slough enhancement projects over the next 25 years.
Airport Futures received the unanimous endorsement of the 30-member planning advisory group and the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission. A joint hearing on the plan was held before both the Portland City Council and Port of Portland Commission on March 16. After testimony by 15 advisory group members and several community members, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt, Mayor Sam Adams, City Council and the Port Commission praised the open and transparent planning process and expressed appreciation for the incredible work of the advisory group members, staff and project consultants.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson and Port Aviation Director Steve Schreiber emphasized that, “… this is not an end, but a beginning …” for the implementation of the Airport Futures commitments as well as the creation of an ongoing PDX Community Advisory Committee this fall.
The three-year planning process was guided by a 30-member planning advisory group with input from airport stakeholders. The process included 87 planning advisory group and subcommittee meetings and over 131 stakeholder meetings. The ongoing committee is being sponsored by the Cities of Portland and Vancouver and the Port of Portland.