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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 richard.walkoski@oregon.gov

 

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

OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov

Most recent rulemaking for comment

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.

Proposed revisions         Statement of Need/Fiscal Impact       Notice of proposed rulemaking

The current written comment period will end at 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 comment period extended through Nov. 30 , 2016.

 Closed rulemaking

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 been developed. The proposed rule revisions will align the rule with current procedures, change committee membership to include more diverse representation, and clarify the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council’s role in the designation process.
 
 
Public comment period ended March 25, 2016.

 

November 2015

Amends Special Access Pass Rules - OAR 736-015-0035

This rule change will allow disabled veterans who use the program to reserve campsites online, a feature that has never been available to them and is a much-requested customer service improvement. It will also allow for greater accountability of the benefit provided and a more efficient way to manage the discount program. Furthermore, the rule will provide consistent application of rules and policies to all types of customers we serve.

Division 15 Proposed Revisions     Statement of Need/Fiscal Impact        Rulemaking Hearings

Hearing Dates, Time and Locations

Dec. 2,  5:30 p.m.: North Mall Office Building-Park HQ, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C,
Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pine Ridge Inn, 1200 SW Mt. Bachelor Dr, Bend, OR 97702 
Dec. 7,  6:30 p.m.: Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401
Dec. 12, 9 a.m.: Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland 
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.: Tryon Creek State Park Nature Center, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland
Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.: Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504 Staf

Last Day and Time for Public Comment: December 18, 2015, 5 p.m.

 

August 2015 

Amends OAR 736-015-0015

The proposed changes amend the reservation process to provide better customer service by 1) reducing the reservation window from two days to one to allow customers more flexibility, 2) simplifying the cancellation process to provide one point of contact and allow cancellations
on the web, 3) changing the cancellation and change windows for deluxe cabins, yurts and horse camps from one month to 3 days to reduce financial penalties on customers, 4) refining rules for groups to focus on the groups with the most impact on park resources and improve
operational efficiency, 5) clean up rule language, removing references to old programs.

Division 15 Proposed Revisions      Statement of Need/Fiscal Impact    Rulemaking Hearings

Last Day and Time for Public Comment: August 28, 2015, 5 p.m.

 

June 2015

Establishes procedures and criteria for recommending Veterans and War Memorial Grants for funding to the commission
 
Amends
OAR 736-017-0005
OAR 736-017-0010
OAR 736-017-0020
 

Division 17 Proposed Revisions             Statement of Need/Fiscal Impact            Division 17 FAQ

 
Last Day and Time for Public Comment:   June 30, 2015, 5 p.m.

  

Proposed Rules Temporary Adoption

 


OPRD Rules Permanently Adopted

These rules have been permanently adopted and are no longer open for public comment.  The OPRD Commission has considered all comments submitted during the public comment period and approved the final text.  

Final text is located at: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/index.html
 

Tobacco Use in State Parks
OAR 736-010

Certificate and Order

 

Scenic Waterways
OAR 736-040

Certificate and Order

 

Working with Donor Organizations
OAR 736-002

Certificate and Order

 

Revise camping rates for State Parks
OAR 736-015
 
 
General Park Area Rules
OAR 736-010

Certificate and Order

 

Heritage Commission grants and statewide celebrations 
OAR 736-053

Certificate and Order

 

General Ocean Shore State Recreation Area
OAR 736-021

Certificate and Order

 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park Comprehensive Plan
OAR 736-18-045

Certificate and Order 

 

Permits 
OAR 736-016

Certificate and Order

Tribal and Oregon Youth Authority Foster Fee Waiver and No Show Rules for Preregistration
OAR 736-015

Certificate and Order

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site - Alcohol Ban
OAR 736-010

Certificate and Order 

   

Cape Lookout State Park Comprehensive Plan
OAR 736-018-0045
Certificate and Order


Veterans and War Memorial Grant Program
OAR 736-017
Certificate and Order
Final Text
 

Local Government Grant Program SB342
OAR 736-006
Certificate and Order
Final Text
 

Natural Areas as required by SB 58
OAR 736-045
Certificate and Order 
Final Text 
 

ATV rule changes as required by House Bill 2329
OAR 736-004
Certificate and Order 

Recreational Immunity
OAR 736-015
Certificate and Order 

Veterans and Foster Fee Waiver Proof of Eligibility
OAR 736-015
Certificate and Order 


Compliance with new ADA rules
OAR 736-010
Certificate and Order 


Oregon State Fair
OAR 736-201
Certificate and Order 

State Capitol State Park Recognitions
OAR 736-010-0066
Certificate and Order 

Land Acquisition
OAR 736-019
Certificate and Order 

Oregon Recreation Trails 
OAR 736-009
Certificate and Order 
 

All-Terrain Vehicle Funds and standards
OAR 736-004
Certificate and Order 
 

Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center
OAR 736-201
Certificate and Order 

State Park Master Planning - Bates State Park
OAR 736-018-0045
Certificate and Order 
 

General Park Area Rules - Cottonwood Canyon State Park
OAR 736-010
Certificate and Order 
 

General Park Area Rules - La Pine State Park
OAR 736-010
Certificate and Order 
 

General Park Area Rules
OAR 736-010-0055
Certificate and Order
 

Owyhee River Scenic Waterway
OAR 736-040-0055
Certificate and Order 

Special assessment of historic properties in accordance with 75th Legislative Assembly Senate Bill 192
OAR 736-050
Certificate and Order 
 

Rules governing Marine Reserves designated by State Land Board on portions of the ocean shore and areas adjacent to state parks
OAR 736-029
Certificate and Order 

Nehalem Bay State Park Master Plan
OAR 736-018
Certificate and Order 
 
Rates-adoption of rate increases for overnight and day-use fees
OAR 736-015
Certificate and Order 
Adopted Text 

Rates
OAR 736-015
Certificate and Order
Adopted Text

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site Master Plan
OAR 736-018-0045
Certificate and Order 

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site Master Plan 
OAR 736-018-0045 
Certificate and Order 

General Park Area Rules 
OAR 736-010-0040 and 736-010-0045
Certificate and Order 
 

ATV Rules 
OAR 736-004-0062
Certificate and Order 
 

Rates - Fee Waivers and Refunds
OAR 736-015-0035
Certificate and Order 
 
Silver Falls State Park Master Plan
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 018-0045
Certificate and Order

U.S. Military Veterans Fee Waiver
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 015-0035
Certificate and Order

Full Payment 
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 015-0015
Certificate and Order

State Park Master Planning - Honeyman State Park
OAR
 Chapter 736, Div. 018
Certificate and Order 

Ocean Shores ATV Operating Permit for Disability Access
OAR
 Chapter 736, Div. 004-0062
Certificate and Order 

Public Procurement for Goods and Services, General Provisions              
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 147

Certificate and Order 

Consultant Selection: Architectural, Engineering, Land Survey and Related Contracts
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 148

Certificate and Order 

General Provisions Related to Public Contracts for Construction Services
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 149

Certificate and Order 

General Park Area Rules                                                                            
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 010
Certificate and Order 
 
State Park Master Planning - Luckiamute                                                                       
OAR Chapter 736, Div. 018
Certificate and Order
 
Designation of Rates for Pets in Yurts and Cabins
OAR Chapter 736 Div. 015
Certificate and Order    Perm Adopt Rules Revisions  
  

 

Designation of ATV Rules
OAR Chapter 736 Div. 004
 
 
Designation of Historic Preservation Officer Procedure Rules
OAR Chapter 736 Div. 050

 
Designation of Oregon Scenic Bikeways
OAR Chapter 736 Div. 009
Certificate and Order