Extended Rural Distances
(1)This rule has no bearing on total enterprise zone area as limited in OAR 123-650-1000 (DIMENSIONS AND BOUNDARIES — Size and Distances)(3) and applies only to rural enterprise zones that are or will be at least partially outside a county, for which the most recent decennial U.S. Census count of the county’s total population divided by its area exceeds 100 persons per square mile. Such a county is defined for purposes of this rule as a “densely populated county,” of which there are seven: Benton, Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties.
(2)The maximum distance allowed in OAR 123-650-1000 (DIMENSIONS AND BOUNDARIES — Size and Distances)(1)(a) increases from 15 to:
(a)25 lineal miles, if no area of the zone is in a densely populated county; or
(b)20 lineal miles, if some but not all of the zone area lies in a densely populated county.
(3)The maximum distance allowed in OAR 123-650-1000 (DIMENSIONS AND BOUNDARIES — Size and Distances)(1)(b) increases from 5 to 15 lineal miles if none of the separate area is in a densely populated county.
(4)In accordance with ORS 285C.120 (Zone boundary change restrictions when county ceases to be sparsely populated)(2), the Director may waive a limitation in section (2) or (3) of this rule to allow even greater distance as part of an applicable enterprise zone designation, re-designation or boundary change:
(a)As specifically requested by the Sponsoring Government(s) or zone sponsor in the documentation submitted to the Department as described in OAR 123-650-4100 (Documentation Pursuant to Zone Designation) or 123-650-4400 (Documentation with Boundary Changes);
(b)Such that the waiver is approved by the Director in the context of the Department’s issuing a positive determination as described in OAR 123-650-4900 (Agency Determinations); and
(c)If evidence or indications as evaluated by the Department satisfy points described in section (5) of this rule.
(5)For a waiver in section (4) of this rule, the following three points need to be satisfied:
(a)The prospect of serious challenges or difficulties, otherwise, were separate enterprise zones to be created, including but not limited to an isolated site or small community that would be ineffective or inefficient on its own as a zone with respect to such matters as marketing, management or assistance to eligible business firms in the zone;
(b)Effective administration within the overall zone boundary appears likely, in that for example, it is located entirely in one county or traversable over relatively direct and efficient road distances; appointed zone management is capable of serving the entire zone, or the zone sponsor will devote sufficient resources for management of the extended zone; and
(c)Furtherance of the goals and purpose of applicable state policies, including but not limited to the Oregon Enterprise Zone Act or state land use goals, or the opportunity to efficiently and expeditiously site a significant business investment, to assist a community exhibiting particular hardship, or to accommodate the expressed preference of local jurisdictions.
Rule 123-650-1100 — Extended Rural Distances,