Industrial Lands Wetland Solutions Project
The North Central Regional Solutions Advisory Committee has identified industrial lands preparedness as a regional priority and wetland permitting considerations have been identified as a constraint to sites being project-ready. Because wetlands in this region are frequently hydrologically connected to waters that are habitat for threatened and endangered species there are both state and federal regulatory requirements that must be satisfied. The Port seeks a programmatic solution called a Regional General Permit (RGP) for 435 acres of private and publicly owned industrial land. The permit establishes predetermined developable and mitigation areas for future development. The permit would also ensure a fast track approval process for participating businesses. The Port would like to thank its many partners in this effort including; Department of State Lands, City of The Dalles, and the Oregon Investment Board for committing financial support. For more information and details call Marketing and Communications Manager Kathy Ursprung.
PROJECT UPDATE: To view the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the completion of wetland fieldwork please see Request for Proposal RGP. RFP due by January 8, 2014 at 5:00PM Pacific Daylight Time.
PROJECT UPDATE: Please see the following link for answers to submitted questions: Questions for Wetland Consultants.
Columbia Gorge Industrial Center
- The Port is nearing completion of the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center on riverfront land (formerly Mt. Fir Lumber). The project includes 60 acres of developable land serviced with sewer, water, electricity and high-speed internet available for sale now. The development will feature 26 one-acre to four-acre lots with the ability to consolidate parcels for larger users. The site will feature finished landscaping capturing the scenic amenities the property provides. The Riverfront Trail running around the perimeter of the property will remain and new finished access points will be created. The photo below shows a preliminary rendering of the development.
- Wonderworks Children’s Museum located at 206 Madison Street as been renovated and remodeled for its purposes for operation as a permanent location for a children’s museum. Wonderworks entered into agreement the final purchase of the building from the Port once necessary funds have been raised/leveraged for additional capital improvements. The Port is extremely pleased and proud of the Wonderworks project and hope to continue collaborating on similar projects in the future. Wonderworks celebrated their grand opening October 2012 and completed purchase of the property from the Port in December 2014!
- Port of The Dalles contracted with BergerABAM to conduct and prepare a Port Strategic Business Plan. The plan set out to enhance existing plans and policies and align resources to best achieve the Port’s mission over the next twenty years. BergerABAM helped analyze how the Port could optimize its financial and policy structure to promote economic development and balance resource stewardship. Strategic Plan completed August 2013. A copy will be made available shortly.
- The Port is currently supporting downtown revitalization efforts by partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, business owners, property owners, and many more. The Open for Business Tour in June 2013 was a great success. Many people came out to tour the historic buildings in a way never before seen. Additionally, a new local business found a new home on 2nd Street.
Timeline of Accomplishments
- 1985 Community passes $4.5million bond to improve Port property
- 1998 City annexes Port property
- 1999 Port set aside 16+ acres for the Riverfront Trail at an estimated value of $1,250,000 ($75,000/acre)
- 1999 Completed the Chenoweth Creek Industrial Subdivision – 58 acres, $1,500,000 project
- 2001 Transferred Riverfront Park to Parks and Recreation
- 2002 Constructed Klindt Cove parking area to access Riverfront Trail and public beach
- 2003 Invested $700,000 in infrastructure improvements to add an additional 21 industrial lots to current land inventory
- 2004 Received “Certified Industrial Site” certification from the state of Oregon. One of the 1st sites in Oregon to receive this status. Crates Point building dedicated
- 2005 Bond paid off
- 2005 Google purchases 30 acres; Flagstone Development purchases 6.7 acres; TumALum purchases 3 acres; Riverfront Assets purchases 2.4 acres
- 2006 Partnered with Wasco County on a new bridge over Chenoweth Creek
- 2009 Purchased building on Madison Street for Wonderworks new home
- 2012 North Chenoweth Industrial Site received Business Oregon’s “Decision Ready” Status
- 2013 Construction begins on North Chenoweth Industrial Site. Launched process to produce a programmatic solution to wetlands permitting, the Regional General Wetlands Permit.