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Planning Guidance and Resources

A variety of laws, rules, guidance documents and resources set important parameters or considerations for transportation planning at the Oregon Department of Transportation and regional and local agencies. Some simply help clarify terms, abbreviations and other resources. See below for some recent and important references for Oregon transportation planners.

Statutes and Rules

Oregon Revised Statutes, or ORS, and Oregon Administrative Rules, or OAR, provide the basic requirements and direction to develop desired outcomes for planning the future transportation systems in Oregon. Oregon Revised Statutes provide the legislative framework for planning programs and Oregon Administrative Rules provide more detailed procedural expectations and further explain the intent of the statutory directives. They work in tandem to form the legal requirements for the planning processes at the state and local government level.

  • ORS 174.116: Defines "Local Government" and "Local Service District".
  • ORS 197: Comprehensive Land Use Planning Coordination.
  • ORS 197.180: State agency planning responsibilities; determination of compliance with goals and compatibility with plans; coordination between agencies and local governments; rules; and exceptions.
  • ORS 366.215: Creation of state highways; reduction in vehicle-carrying capacity.
  • ORS 366.514: Use of highway fund for footpaths and bicycle trails.
  • ORS 367.080 - 367.086: Transportation Financing and Projects (ConnectOregon).
  • OAR 660-012: Transportation Planning Rule.
  • OAR 660-030: DLCD - Review and Approval of State Agency Coordination Programs.
  • OAR 731-015: ODOT Coordination Rules.
  • OAR 731-035: Standards to Determine Project Eligibility and Application Procedures for Grants or Loans under the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program (ConnectOregon).
  • OAR 731-051: Highway Approaches Access Control Spacing Standards and Medians.
  • OAR 731-017: Implementing House Bill 3379.
  • OAR 731-012-0010: Reduction of Vehicle-Carrying Capacity.

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