The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approved Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 731-017 implementing House Bill (HB) 3379 from the 2009 Legislative Session at their December 15, 2010 Meeting. The rule addresses economic development projects unable to meet Transportation Planning Rule (TPR) requirements for state highways.
OAR 731-017 Guidelines
OAR 731-017 applies to economic development projects requiring a zone change or plan amendment that significantly affects the state highway system, but is unable to meet TPR requirements. These OAR 731-017 Guidelines are intended to help staff consider potential applications that may come in under OAR 731-017.
An Interagency Webcast was held on December 14, 2010. Webcast presentation slides are provided below.
HB 3379 Interagency Webcast Presentation Slides
The OTC was directed to adopt an administrative rule through HB 3379 (2009) that establishes an application process local governments may use if they are not able to meet the funding requirements of the TPR. Local governments would be able to consider time extensions, alternative funding methods and transportation performance measure changes with HB 3379 applications. The legislation includes limitations on the process to be described in the administrative rule, including OTC approval of no more than four applications in each ODOT Region per calendar year.
HB 3379 Stakeholder Committee
The HB 3379 Stakeholder Committee (SC) was established to advise the ODOT Director on implementation of HB 3379. The SC provided input based on a wide range of stakeholder viewpoints and statewide geographic representation. The primary SC task was to provide input and recommendations on OTC rulemaking as required by the legislation. The SC also provided information on related issues outside of rulemaking to the ODOT Director for additional consideration for agency work.
Planning Section Manager