Projects

ROSE WAY AND CENTENNIAL INDUSTRIAL PARKS

NEPA NOTIFICATION FOR ROSE WAY INDUSTRIAL PARK

The Port of Woodland has applied for US Department of Commerce funding through the Economic Development Administration and is required to notify all those interested in NEPA notification.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the Port of Woodland to construct an industrial park in Woodland, Cowlitz County, Washington.  Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), EDA is conducting an assessment of the potential of the proposed project to affect the environment and/or historic properties.

The project area includes 12 acres of zoned industrial property to construct 6 buildings ranging from 15,000 SF to 25,000 SF that the Port will own and lease to private businesses within the industrial and manufacturing sector. The project will include the development of in-ground infrastructure, a new road (Rose Way) and the first building of the site.   The project will be located at the 1600 block of Guild Road on parcel 508310100.   Project information is available for review at the Port of Woodland Administrative Office located at 1608 Guild Road, Woodland, WA or on the Port’s website www.portofwoodland.com/projects.

If you have any information regarding potential impacts environmental resources or historic properties associated with this proposed project, please provide it in writing to:

                Regional Environmental Officer
US Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
915 Second Avenue, Room 1890
Seattle, WA 98174
rdefato@eda.gov

Comments received in the EDA Regional Office by 5:00 pm eastern on December 23, 2019 will be considered.  A copy of the NEPA/NHPA decisional document will be available upon request at the above EDA Regional Office.

More documents on the project can be found below regarding the project.

HOWARD WAY ROAD EXTENSION AND GUILD IMPROVEMENTS

  • Project will serve for infrastructure for Rose Way and Centennial Industrial Parks.
  • Advertisement of construction project coming soon.
  • Funding received from WA CERB.

ROSE WAY INDUSTRIAL PARK (GUILD I)

Phase II: Design, Engineering and Permitting
  • Awarded to Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.- COMPLETE
Phase II Document Library

Funding provided by Cowlitz County (.09) Rural Development Funds, Washington State CERB and U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Phase I Feasibility of Project

CENTENNIAL INDUSTRIAL PARK (GUILD II)

  • Design Concept, Master Site Plan and Permit – Awarded to Gibbs and Olson Binding Master Site Plan – COMPLETE.
  • Howard Way Extension and Guild Road Improvements – Advertisement of construction coming soon.
  • Engineering, Permits and Construction of  Orchard Way- Documentation coming soon.
  • Marketing and lot information will be available once funding is determined and secured for Orchard Way infrastructure. Parcels will be available for lease, lease-to-purchase,or purchase. Below are the parcel lot sizes to be made available.
    • Parcel 1: 147,033 SF/ 3.38 AC
    • Parcel 2: 186,556/ 4.28 AC
    • Parcel 3: 71,520 SF/ 1.64 AC
    • Parcel 4: 52,775 SF/ 1.21 AC
    • Parcel 5: 23,043 SF/ 0.53 AC
    • Parcel 6: 25,919 SF/ 0.60 AC
    • Parcel 7: 31,996 SF/ 0.73 AC
    • Parcel 8: 19,478 SF/ 0.45 AC

AUSTIN POINT AND MARTIN BAR INDUSTRIAL MARINE PROPERTIES

The 200+ acre site is zoned for heavy industrial development since the purchase of the property in 1961. the Port has allowed this property along with Martin Bar to have public access into the property outside of mitigation and protected wetland areas with the purchase of a port pass for much of its ownership pending development. In 2008, a condition under the condemnation action in 1982-1984 for the rail loop property of no activity for 25 years, was lifted. In 2014, as the recession lifted and the economy improved, interest in deep water marine facilities on the Columbia River increased interest in Austin Point.

The Port communicated with Department of Natural Resources pertaining to an easement granted to the Port in 1980 for the rail line to connect to the main line across Kuhn Road to the Port’s rail loop property. That easement expired with change to Washington State legislation regarding easements for DNR. This required the Port to take further action to ensure that Austin Point’s options for industrial deep water development were secured as planned through numerous Comprehensive Schemes of Harbor Improvement documents beginning in 1961.

The Port of Woodland issued a Letter of Intent for the purchase of property referred to as “Kuhnis Road” from the DNR. The property totals 154 acres of agricultural land. The Port is seeking the property as part of the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements potential site improvements and anticipates that the current agricultural use will be maintained. The Port Commission adopted Resolution #448 in regarding to any potential and speculative development concerns. The DNR has issued its SEPA Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for the sale of the Kuhnis Road property. DNR approved the land transaction. An appeal was issued pertaining to the SEPA. Cowlitz County Superior Court ruled in favor of the DNR and Port (as intervener) on April 16, 2019.

The Port continues its long range planning of the ability to develop and lease Austin Point for deep water industrial development. The Port Commission is steadfast in its decision to not sell the property, to maintain it for industrial development and work with potential developers to provide public access as required in the State of Washington.

Request for Consultant Proposals

Industrial Site Development Austin Point Rail Design

The Port of Woodland is seeking a consulting firm or team of firms to study the feasibility of alternative design concepts that would provide necessary rail/road access and utility infrastructure for the future development and operation of the Austin Point Industrial Site, in Woodland, Washington. the feasibility analysis must include a description of permit approvals, entitlements, and environmental documents associated with each of the alternatives, any of which must be able to support a future heavy industrial park with access to the Columbia River. Preliminary plans, developed at a 30% level of design, must be prepared for the selected design concept.

Those interested in preparing a proposal may request the full RFQ may contact Jennifer Wray-Keene, Executive Director at jkeene@portofwoodland.com.

Important dates:

  • Mandatory pre-proposal meeting on January 6, 2020 at 10 AM at 1608 Guild Road, Woodland WA (Port Administrative Office)
  • Questions regarding project or full request for proposal no later than January 15, 2020. All responses will be distributed by January 21, 2020.
  • Proposals are to be received by February 5, 2020 by 5 PM. No late submissions will be considered.

COLUMBIA RIVER CHANNEL DEEPENING

Developing a plan for the long-term maintenance of the Federal Navigation Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are embarking on a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) and a long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its 43-foot depth for another 20 years.

The Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act for preparing an EIS. The Ports of Longview, Kalama, Woodland and Vancouver (Washington Ports) and the Port of Portland in Oregon (collectively, the Sponsor Ports) are the non-federal sponsors of the plan. As the non-federal sponsors, the Washington Ports are also responsible for actions that require compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.

The Corps and the sponsor ports, with input from stakeholders and the public, will determine the best management plan for placing dredged material and evaluate ways to reduce the need for dredging. The planning effort will consider the natural resources of the Lower Columbia River while keeping the region open for business.

Vessels drafting the full channel depth carried about 11 million tons of export shipments worth nearly $3 billion in 2015. A well-maintained channel allows larger ships to carry significantly more cargo, supports regional and local jobs, and provides major and direct economic benefits and maintains local and federal navigation investments.

Please visit the USACE Channel Maintenance website, listed below, for further information.

Official Links and Documents

Official Project Site

More about NEPA

More about SEPA

Guild-Klady Centennial Orchard

Guild-Klady Centennial Orchard
1608 Guild Road

The Port of Woodland and Scouts from Troop 531 officially dedicated the Guild-Klady Centennial Orchard on September 23, 2017. The Orchard is located next to the future home of the Port Administrative Building at 1608 Guild Road. The Orchard is open to the public and free to access available fruit. Please note, the orchard is use at your own risk. Available on the orchard are walnuts, pears, apples and plums varieties. Please keep animals on leashes. Please follow signs for use at the Orchard. Please enjoy the picnic tables. Coming soon, new fruit trees and bushes- blueberries, cherries, pear and lilacs!

COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME OF HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS

The Port of Woodland, under RCW 53.20.010 must adopt a harbor improvement plan through a public process and hearings to identify the general scheme of operations by the Port. The Port updates their Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements (CSHI) at least once a year through during the budgetary process and completes a general overhaul of the scheme every six years.

The Port Commission completed an overhaul of the 2016 CSHI early due to significant changes in Port operations and projects. Those interested in the 2019 final CSHI may download the pdf version of the plan here. 2019 Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements Revised 2019 Adopted March 7 2019

DARK FIBER/ BROADBAND

The Port of Woodland examined two routes for dark fiber infrastructure investment opportunities. A study was completed by Ascent GIS in the Fall of 2017 that examined the routes of Woodland to Cougar and the Woodland Bottoms. The Port commission determined that the investment in Woodland to Cougar yielded the best Return on Investment (ROI) and in January 2018, the Commission began steps to move forward on the engineering and construction of the dark fiber route. The Port will begin exploring grant opportunities for additional matching dollars for tax-payer investment by the Port.