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Proposed OPRD Rules
All agency rulemaking notices are published on the first of each month by the Secretary of State in the OREGON BULLETIN.  The OPRD Commission must authorize the agency to proceed with rulemaking before rulemaking notices can be filed with the Secretary of State and rules opened for public comment.  Once the public comment period has closed, the Department prepares the final rules text and submits to the OPRD Commission for  consideration and approval of final text prior to permanent adoption. 

 
If you would like to be added to the Interested Parties email alert list to receive notice of rulemaking actions for Oregon Parks and Recreation, contact the Rules Coordinator at Katie.Gauthier@oregon.gov

 

Comments?  Please send your comments regarding a specific rule to:  

OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov

 

Most recent rulemaking for comment

December 2017

Proposed rule revisions implementing a flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0006 and 736-015-0020 implementing a flexible rate range for certain sites at state parks.  Under HB 2318 passed during the 2017 legislative session, the Oregon Parks and Recreation  Department Commission is directed to develop rules to set a reasonable range of rates for fees.  The State Parks Director will then have authority to vary fees within those ranges.

Under the proposed rules, the RV site range would vary between $5 lower than the base rate and $3 higher.  For cabins and yurts, the range would vary between the base rate and a $5 dollar increase.  For tent sites, the flexible fee range would vary between the base rate and a $2 decrease.  Specific rates for each site will be posted on the website and in the park. 

Comments on this rulemaking can be made in person at a scheduled hearing:

January 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Salem at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Room 124A, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem OR. 

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on January 15, 2018 and can be made: on-line (below); in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov 

 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking                                                  Need and fiscal impact

 


 

Proposed new rule that will require a permit to restore, maintain, or preserve abandoned cemeteries

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on a proposed rule change that would establish a permit to restore, maintain or preserve an abandoned cemetery. The proposed rules are a result of House Bill 2516, passed during the 2017 session. The deadline for public comment on the amendments is Jan. 15, 2018.

The proposed rules, developed in consultation with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, outline the process for entities to apply for permits and permit requirements. 
 
The full text of the amendments to Oregon Administrative Rule 736-054-0100 to 736-054-0150 is available online (below). Comments can be made directly on this webpage or in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov.    They will be accepted until 5 p.m.  Jan. 15, 2018.
 
Anyone wishing to comment in person may attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 in Salem’s North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124A.

 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking                                                        Need and fiscal impact

 

Proposed rule revisions to amending criminal background checks for individuals applying for positions as an employee, volunteer or contractor within OPRD

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-002-0042, 736-002-0052, 736-002-0058, 736-002-0070, 736-002-0102, and 736-002-0150 amending criminal background checks for individuals applying for positions as an employee, volunteer or contractor within OPRD.  Rules regarding criminal records check processes need to be revised to be aligned with current Department of Administrative Services standards and will create better consistency between OPRD and other state agencies. The Department recently revised a portion of our criminal background check rules, but determined these rules should be amended not repealed so must reopen rulemaking to take comments on the proposed amendments. 

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on December 29, 2017 and can be made: on-line (below); in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov 


Notice of revised rulemaking and revised text                           Need and fiscal impact

 

 

November 2017

Proposed adoption of the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plans

Amend OAR 736-018-0045

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting written comments on the proposed adoption of the Tryon Creek State Natural Area and amending the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plans under Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045.
The plans detail current natural and cultural resource conditions, outdoor recreation trends and how to balance recreation and resource protection. They set priorities for the next two decades, such as adding or improving trails, parking, facilities and signs. Both plans are available at oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS.

Tryon Creek
Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre day-use park with more than 14 miles of trails, is situated in both southeast Portland and Lake Oswego. As part of the process of drafting the plan, OPRD planners considered comments gathered from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between February and July 2013. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan in July 2013.  Officials from both Portland and Lake Oswego reviewed the draft for compatibility with zoning codes, a four-year process. OPRD planners made minor changes as a result.

Columbia Gorge
The draft master plan for the Columbia Gorge Management Unit covers 15 parks, six natural areas, three scenic viewpoints, six scenic corridors, and 47 trailheads connecting visitors with more than 150 miles of spectacular trails located in Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco Counties.   The document replaces the previous plan, adopted in 1994.

Planners gathered comments from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2013 and October 2014. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the Columbia Gorge Management Unit Master Plan at their meeting on February 11, 2015. The draft plan was then reviewed by Hood River, Multnomah and Wasco counties for compatibility with their comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017 and can be made online; in writing to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov.    

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Revised Text                Marked-up text

 

 Closed rulemaking

October 2017

Allow WAG bags on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-040-0070 to allow addition of human waste bags option to the overnight boater portable toilet requirement on the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on December 15, 2017 and can be made: on-line; in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (includes Statement of Need, Fiscal Impact and Proposed Changes to Rules)

 
October 2017
 
Adding Tribal Governments as eligible entity for Veterans' and War Memorial Grant Program
 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-017-0005 and 736-017-0020 adding tribal governments as an entity eligible to apply for funding under the Veterans’ and War Memorial Grant Program.

Comments on this rulemaking can be made in person at a scheduled hearing:

November 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Salem at the North Mall Office Building - Room 124A, 725 Summer St., Salem OR. 

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2017 and can be made: on-line in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov  
 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (including Statement of Need, Fiscal Impact and Proposed Changes to Rules)
 
July 2017
 
Overnight camping rates for state parks
 
Amends 736-015-0020, 736-015-0040
Repeals 736-015-0043
 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-015-0020 and 736-015-0040 related to overnight camping rates for state parks.  A $2 per site increase in overnight rental fees for select types of campsites was approved by the Oregon Legislature as part of the 2017-19 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department budget.  Tent site rates will not increase to maintain a lower cost option for park visitors.

Comments on this rulemaking can be made in person at a scheduled hearing:

August 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Salem at the North Mall Office Building - Room 124A, 725 Summer St., Salem OR. 
Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 , 2017 (extended comment period) and can be made in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov  or via the online for below.
 
 
After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its September 20 business meeting.  If approved by the Commission, new rates would be effective on new reservations made after Oct. 1, 2017.
 
  
June 2017
 
Fees for Public Records
Amends 736-001-0030
 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting comments on proposed rule revisions to OAR 736-001-0030 related to fees for public records. These revisions align the OPRD rules with statewide standards for public agencies. The department handles 1-2 formal public record requests a month, but many dozen informal requests as a routine part of its service to constituents. Charging for records is extremely rare, thanks to better storage systems, scanners, and access to online delivery tools.

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on July 31 and can be made in writing to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; through e-mail to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov  or via the online for below.
 
  
November 2016
 
​Proposed adoption of the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan
 
Amend OAR 736-018-0045
 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting written comments on the proposed adoption of the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan under Oregon Administrative Rule 736-018-0045. Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is located in Tillamook County approximately four miles north of Pacific City.  Public input on the draft plan for the park was gathered from an advisory committee, park neighbors and the general public during meetings and written comment periods held between August 2015 and July 2016. The Oregon State Parks Commission approved the content of the draft plan at their meeting on September 14, 2016.

Comments must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. on December 30th.  E-mail should be sent to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov .  Comments can also be mailed to: Ben Hedstrom, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Or, you can comment via the online form below.
The current written comment period ended 5:00 PM on December 30, 2016.

 

October 2016

Close the beach to vehicle access at North 35th Court in Lincoln City

Amend OAR 736-024-0025

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comments on a proposed rule change that would close a 300-foot section of the beach to motor vehicles in Lincoln City near N 35th court. Beaches in Lincoln County are closed to motor vehicles except for two, 300-foot sections in Lincoln City that have been left open for parking. In the fall of 2015 Oregon State Parks received a petition to close one of those 300-foot sections near N 35th court. On March 30, 2016, a public meeting was held in Lincoln City to gather information on historical use, current use, and potential problems with the beach being open at that location, as well as reasons why vehicle access is important at that location. After analyzing the information presented at the meeting, OPRD determined that a rulemaking action to close that section of beach was warranted.

The proposed rule change would close the beach to motor vehicles at N 35th court. Comments on this rulemaking can be made in person at two scheduled hearings:

  • October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Lincoln City at the Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City, OR
  • October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Salem at the North Mall Office Building - Room 124A,  725 Summer St., Salem OR. 

Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5 p.m. on October 21, and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission will consider all comments received before 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at their Nov. 16 meeting in Cannon Beach.

Proposed Revisions     Map   Statement of Need/Fiscal Impact   Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Public Comments        Lincoln City Hearing Audio Oct., 18, 2016 (audio only)

 
September 2016
 
State Scenic Waterways Program -- Chetco River and Molalla River State Scenice Waterways management
Adopt 736-040-0100, 736-040-0110
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public comment on rules governing management of two new rivers designated as State Scenic Waterways, the Chetco and the Molalla.  The rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections. More information about the Scenic Waterways Program.
 
Comments can be made in person at two scheduled hearings: September 19th at 6:00 PM in Brookings at the Public Library, 405 Alder Street; and September 27th at 6:00 PM in Molalla at the Public Library, 201 E 5th St.
Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5:00 PM on September 30th and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn.: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR  97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov
 
Public comment period ended September 30.
 
 
 
August 2016
Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program -- Adopt 736-056-0000; 736-056-0010; 736-056-0020; 736-056-0030; 736-056-0040; 736-056-0050; 736-056-0060; 736-056-0070; 736-056-0080
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking comments on proposed rules for the Main Street Grant Program. The 2015 Oregon legislature passed a bill that created the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program. These rules will provide the framework for that program and will create a process for applicants to apply for the grant funds.
 
 
Public comment period ended Aug. 19.
 
 
July 2016
Amends OAR 736-015-0006, 736-015-0015, 736-015-0026, 736-015-0030, 736-015-0035
Revisions to Division 15 focus on aligning rule language with current practices, improving customer service, clarifying rules by providing additional detail or correcting errors, increasing operational efficiency, improving consistency and removing terms no longer used.
The most significant changes are as follows:
  1. Reservation cancellation process: Remove option to cancel reservations by voice-mail or e-mail because customers can now cancel online.
  2. Reservation change process: Remove option to change reservation by e-mail. This practice has not been in use for several years and is impractical with a live reservation system. Our customers do not use this option.
  3. Groups camping in non-group camping areas:
    a)Allow groups to reserve inside the two month window if the inventory allows it and receive the same benefits as those that reserve more than two months in advance. We currently do not enforce this rule, so this rule change would align rule language with current practices.
    b) Allow groups that book online to receive the same benefits as those that book on the phone. This change would provide consistency of benefits to our customers and increase reservation options for groups.
    c) Ask groups to provide individual camper information prior to arrival. This is our current practice for groups that book through the call center. We want to expand this requirement to all group reservations to promote the safety and enjoyment of all users.
  4. Split reservations: Remove option for split reservation in the call center. Split reservations are not allowed on the web. This change would provide customer equity and improve operational efficiency.
  5. Vendor fee: Clarify that the additional fee a vendor may charge when selling department parking permits is a maximum of $1. Currently vendors are allowed to add a maximum of $1, so this is not a change to our current business practice.
  6. Refund requests: Allow customers to request refunds on the phone rather than only in writing.
 
Public comment period ended Aug. 1, 2016
 
 
May 2016
 
Amends Special Access Pass Rules - ​OAR 736-015-0010; OAR 736-015-0015; OAR 736-015-0026; OAR 736-015-0035
Recent revisions to the special access pass rules made changes that allowed booking sites on-line with the discount. There is a ten day per month limit on the benefit. When we revised the rules we stated that as ten days in a calendar month however our software uses a rolling
month, so a rule change is necessary to line up the rules with actual practice. This revision will change the time frame for using the overnight rental fee waiver from "calendar month" to a "30-day period."

Recent changes to the OPRD agency structure have resulted in changes to some position titles and office names. There are housekeeping revisions included in this rulemaking that change those terms in the rules that no longer match the current terms used by OPRD.
 
Public comment period ended May 31, 2016.
 
 
January 2016
 
Amends Recreation Trail Rules, Scenic Bikeway Designation  - ​OAR 736-009-0025, 736-009-0030
 
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission adopted OARs in 2009 that established a process for designating Scenic Bikeways in Oregon. Since that time a Scenic Bikeway Committee has been established and a program for rating and managing the bikeways has