The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) established a joint subcommittee to study concerns raised by local governments and others that transportation related planning requirements are creating unintended consequences. Specifically, the joint subcommittee studied the interaction of Section 0060 of the Transportation Planning Rule (TPR) with the mobility standards in the Oregon Highway Plan (OHP). The joint subcommittee acknowledged that the interaction of the TPR and OHP can complicate the ability of local governments to balance economic development, compact urban development and the need for additional transportation infrastructure to keep highways functioning. Senate Bill 795 (2011 Session) supports the work of the joint subcommittee and requires that LCDC and OTC consider revisions to the TPR and OHP to streamline, simplify and clarify the requirements. Under the law, LCDC and OTC are required to make revisions to the TPR and OHP before January 1, 2012. The revisions to the TPR and OHP proposed by interested parties, staff and the joint subcommittee are now available for public review. It is anticipated that LCDC will adopt TPR revisions at a hearing on December 8 in The Dalles. It is also anticipated that OTC will adopt revisions to the OHP at a hearing on December 21, 2011 in Salem.
Additional information, including the text of the proposed revisions to the TPR is available here: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/Rulemaking_TPR_2011.shtml. Additional information, including the text of the proposed revisions to the OHP is available here: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/OHP2011.shtml.
We at BEH will continue to monitor the proposed changes to the TPR and OHP and provide a more detailed analysis of the revisions once approved by the respective Commissions. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the TPR, the OHP or the proposed revisions.