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.
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Most recent rulemaking for comment
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.firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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.email@example.com .
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Public comment period ended September 30.
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.
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:
Reservation cancellation process: Remove option to cancel reservations by voice-mail or e-mail because customers can now cancel online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Refund requests: Allow customers to request refunds on the phone rather than only in writing.
Public comment period ended Aug. 1, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Establishes procedures and criteria for recommending Veterans and War Memorial Grants for funding to the commission
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.