Coordination with Federally-Required Regional Transportation Plans in Metropolitan Areas
(1)In metropolitan areas, local governments shall prepare, adopt, amend and update transportation system plans required by this division in coordination with regional transportation plans (RTPs) prepared by MPOs required by federal law. Insofar as possible, regional transportation system plans for metropolitan areas shall be accomplished through a single coordinated process that complies with the applicable requirements of federal law and this division. Nothing in this rule is intended to make adoption or amendment of a regional transportation plan by a metropolitan planning organization a land use decision under Oregon law.
(2)When an MPO adopts or amends a regional transportation plan that relates to compliance with this division, the affected local governments shall review the adopted plan or amendment and either:
(a)Make a finding that the proposed regional transportation plan amendment or update is consistent with the applicable provisions of adopted regional and local transportation system plan and comprehensive plan and compliant with applicable provisions of this division; or
(b)Adopt amendments to the relevant regional or local transportation system plan that make the regional transportation plan and the applicable transportation system plans consistent with one another and compliant with applicable provisions of this division. Necessary plan amendments or updates shall be prepared and adopted in coordination with the federally-required plan update or amendment. Such amendments shall be initiated no later than 30 days from the adoption of the RTP amendment or update and shall be adopted no later than one year from the adoption of the RTP amendment or update or according to a work plan approved by the commission. A plan amendment is “initiated” for purposes of this subsection where the affected local government files a post-acknowledgement plan amendment notice with the department as provided in OAR chapter 660, division 18.
(c)In the Portland Metropolitan area, compliance with this section shall be accomplished by Metro through adoption of required findings or an amendment to the regional transportation system plan.
(3)Adoption or amendment of a regional transportation plan relates to compliance with this division for purposes of section (2) if it does one or more of the following:
(a)Changes plan policies;
(b)Adds or deletes a project from the list of planned transportation facilities, services or improvements or from the financially-constrained project list required by federal law;
(c)Modifies the general location of a planned transportation facility or improvement;
(d)Changes the functional classification of a transportation facility; or
(e)Changes the planning period or adopts or modifies the population or employment forecast or allocation upon which the plan is based.
(4)The following amendments to a regional transportation plan do not relate to compliance with this division for purposes of section (2):
(a)Adoption of an air quality conformity determination;
(b)Changes to a federal revenue projection;
(c)Changes to estimated cost of a planned transportation project; or
(d)Deletion of a project from the list of planned projects where the project has been constructed or completed.
(5)Adoption or amendment of a regional transportation plan that extends the planning period beyond that specified in the applicable acknowledged comprehensive plan or regional transportation system plan is consistent with the requirements of this rule where the following conditions are met:
(a)The future year population forecast is consistent with those issued or adopted under ORS 195.033 (Area population forecasts) or 195.036 (Metro area population forecast);
(b)Land needed to accommodate future urban density population and employment and other urban uses is identified in a manner consistent with Goal 14 and relevant rules;
(c)Urban density population and employment are allocated to designated centers and other identified areas to provide for implementation of the metropolitan area’s integrated land use and transportation plan or strategy; and
(d)Urban density population and employment or other urban uses are allocated to areas outside of an acknowledged urban growth boundary only where:
(A)The allocation is done in conjunction with consideration by local governments of possible urban growth boundary amendments consistent with Goal 14 and relevant rules, and
(B)The RTP clearly identifies the proposed UGB amendments and any related projects as illustrative and subject to further review and approval by the affected local governments.
Rule 660-012-0016 — Coordination with Federally-Required Regional Transportation Plans in Metropolitan Areas,