Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ plan to expedite a development project on West Hayden Island appears to have foundered.
Adams was unable to convince a key committee Tuesday night to send the project to Portland’s City Council by the end of the year – and before his term in office comes to an end.
Adams made a brief appearance to pitch his Port of Portland/West Hayden Island plan to the city’s Planning and Sustainability Commission. He warned that it could be difficult to find a solution that will please all sides.
Adams said, “This is not the kind of issue we’re going to get to Portland consensus to. After thirty years, a number of efforts, where we’re not going to get agreement among the stakeholders. Waiting has some value, it’s for you to decide.”
And Adams said Council has never been better versed in the issues.
After three hours of testimony, Commissioners agreed they weren’t ready to vote.
They directed staff to create a schedule for the decision with a three-month maximum window. There was little interest in trying to finish before Adams steps down. They also asked staff to review dozens of unresolved issues, and identify technical experts outside the city and the Port of Portland to consult.
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