In July 2010 the Portland City Council passed a resolution directing BPS to develop a legislative proposal for the annexation of West Hayden Island to the City. Because the island is valuable for both its marine industrial potential as well as wildlife habitat, Council specified that the proposal should designate at least 500 acres as open space and no more than 300 acres for future deep water marine terminal development. Since then, the City has been conducting research, engaging the public and working with the project Advisory Committee to prepare a Concept Plan and legislative package for City Council consideration.
The City of Portland is working with consultant Worley Parsons to formulate concept plan alternatives for West Hayden Island, based upon the direction of the City Council resolution. New rail and street access will be included in the developed portions of the island. The consultant (an international firm specializing in sustainable marine, industrial and infrastructure development) and City staff have been working with the project’s Advisory Committee to identify a list of issues and evaluation criteria to review any future proposals.
The City anticipates releasing two Concept Plan options from Worley Parsons at the end of September. These will be followed by two public open houses in October to discuss the options and invite feedback. The open houses will be held on Hayden Island, and the concepts will be posted on the West Hayden Island website during this time.
Exact dates for the open houses will be available in September at www.portlandonline.com/bps/whi.