West Hayden Island
As of Jan. 8, 2014 we have withdrawn our consent to annex West Hayden Island into the City of Portland.
Between 2009 and 2014, the City of Portland led a public process in cooperation with the Port of Portland to explore annexation and creation of a long-range land use plan with a change of zoning for a future marine terminal on West Hayden Island. The project was initiated at the request of then city commissioner Sam Adams because several other planning processes impacting the island were underway. These included long range land use planning for the east end of the island and the design of a new Interstate 5 bridge and related highway interchanges in Oregon and Washington.
This process was created to annex this land into the City of Portland, which required a change of zoning. Development of the land was not expected for a number of years. Through the annexation process, which included robust community input, specific topics such as recreation, mitigation, land management, habitat preservation, security, repair and improvements of local roads and a community enhancement fund were discussed. Our proposal to the community was presented and included a number of community benefits such as trail development, community grant funding, security improvements and other public amenities. The proposal also preserved 500 acres for habitat restoration and recreational amenities and 300 acres for future marine industrial development that could have created as many as 4,000 jobs. The development envisioned included facilities for the shipment of autos and bulk products such as grain.
While we were agreeable to mitigation exceeding state and federal requirements, the mitigation requirements in the Planning and Sustainability Commission proposal were not proportionate to the development impacts and effectively priced the land out of the market. Although we proposed an alternative that provided for a viable compromise, that alternative was rejected. Given the substantial costs, lack of industrial zoning and conditions applied to the site, we determined that investment of any more time and money into the process was not justified.
As we move forward, we will continue to manage West Hayden Island for uses supporting our mission including eventual development of marine terminal facilities. We continue to believe the future annexation and development prospects are feasible and would be beneficial to the region in terms of creating much needed family wage jobs, ensuring an adequate supply of industrial land for our region, providing space for recreation and wildlife habitat, continuing an expansion of our region’s historic role as a trade gateway, and building the city’s tax base.
West Hayden Island Videos
Our Proposal to the Community
A look at its Storied Past
A look at its Future Development
A look at its Ecosystem