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Proposed OPRD Rules

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in accordance with the state's established rulemaking process, develops and maintains Chapter 736 of the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs). All agency rulemaking notices are published on the first of each month by the Secretary of State in the Oregon Bulletin. The Oregon Parks and Recreation 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 agency prepares the final rules text and submits to the commission for consideration and approval of final text prior to permanent adoption.

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Rulemaking open for public comment

Comments?  Please send your comments regarding a specific rule to: OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or complete the online form for open rulemaking.

Proposal for revising state rules for the National Register of Historic Places in Oregon

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) proposes revising the state rules for the administration of the federal National Register of Historic Places program in Oregon.

The Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) proposed for revision include:

  • OAR 736-050-0220, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation: Federal Requirements
  • OAR 736-050-0230, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation: Definitions
  • OAR 736-050-0240, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation: Organization and Duties
  • OAR 736-050-0250, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation: Staff Activities Relating to the National Register Program
  • OAR 736-050-0260, State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation: Committee
  • Procedures for Review and Approval of Nominations to the National Register

OPRD assembled a Rule Advisory Committee (RAC) to provide recommendations on a draft rule written by staff. Staff intend to present the draft rule to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Commission and request that the Commission grant permission to begin the public rulemaking process.

The RAC is a citizen group appointed by staff who serve in an advisory capacity. Representatives include those from tribal, state, county, and local government, preservation and natural resource organizations, professionals, and private citizens with a demonstrated interest in the program. RAC meetings are open to the public.

Topics that will be considered include counting owners and objections; how tribal governments, state agencies, and local jurisdictions participate in the nomination process; administrative functions, such as staff duties and public notice and hearing procedures; and under what circumstances nominations may be exempt from public disclosure to protect culturally-sensitive information, among other issues.

The proposed revision addresses issues raised during a handful of controversial nomination projects. These include the nomination of portions of the Pilot Butte Canal, Deschutes Co.; the Eastmoreland Historic District, Portland; and the Q'alya ta Kukwis shichdii me Traditional Cultural Property Historic District, Coos Co. Each of these projects exposed discrepancies between federal and state laws and rules governing the National Register Program.

If the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission approves rulemaking this website will be updated to include locations and dates of public meetings. The earliest date that staff may present a draft rule to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and that the Commission may grant permission to open rulemaking is April 2020. 

Press release

The RAC members include:

  • Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham, Chair State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, Chair of the RAC
  • Peter Gutowsky, Association of Oregon Counties
  • Michael Boquist, League of Oregon Cities
  • Gail Greenman, Oregon Farm Bureau
  • Craig Horrell, Central Oregon Irrigation District
  • George Kramer, Kramer & Company
  • John Liu, At large community member
  • Mary Kyle McCurdy, 1000 Friends of Oregon
  • Ellen Miller, Homebuilders Association
  • Peggy Moretti, Restore Oregon
  • Oregon Tribal Representative
  • Elaine Schacher, State of Oregon, Department of Administrative Services

RAC Meetings

Meetings location, date, and time subject to change or cancellation.

Location: 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301. All meetings begin at 9 a.m.

Jan. 28, 2020           RAC meets to draft new rule


Feb. 10, 2020           RAC meets to draft new rule


Feb.25, 2020            RAC meets to draft new rule : Feb.25, 2020 Meeting Cancelled

PRP-RUL-02-19-Rules-Advisory-Committee-Concludes-Meeting-Series.pdf


March 10, 2020        RAC meets to draft new rule


June 2020                 Earliest date that staff may present a draft rule to the Oregon                                       Parks and Recreation Commission and that the                                                                 Commission may grant permission to open rulemaking.

If the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission approves rulemaking this website will be updated to include locations and dates of public meetings.

Questions?  Please send your questions regarding this proposed rule change to: OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov or complete the online form for open rulemaking.




Contact

Katie Gauthier
Legislative Coordinator
503-947-8625



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