West Hayden Island
The Port withdrew its consent to annex West Hayden Island into the City of Portland on Jan. 8, 2014.
Annexation of this Port-owned property would have preserved 500 acres as open space for habitat restoration and recreational amenities and 300 acres for future marine industrial development supporting local jobs and private investment.
Since 2009 the city of Portland has been conducting a public process to explore annexation and creation of a long-range land use plan for West Hayden Island. While no development is currently planned for WHI, analysis shows that the region and the city of Portland have a scarcity of industrially zoned land. A concept plan was created to map the possible land uses, which could have included shipment of autos and bulk products such as grain. A final annexation agreement to address specific topics such as recreation, mitigation, land management, habitat preservation, security, repair and improvements of local roads and a community enhancement fund was also discussed.
While the Port was agreeable to mitigation exceeding state and federal requirements, the City’s proposed annexation terms simply made the 300 acres unviable in the marketplace. Given the substantial costs and conditions, the Port determined that investment of any additional time and money into the process is not justified.
The Port will continue to manage West Hayden Island for uses supporting our strategic objectives including eventual development of marine terminal facilities and is currently reassessing options. The Port believes future annexation and development prospects are possible.
Letter to Mayor Hales
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