Oregon Land Conservation and Development Department

Rule Rule 660-012-0065
Transportation Improvements on Rural Lands


(1)

This rule identifies transportation facilities, services and improvements which may be permitted on rural lands consistent with Goals 3, 4, 11, and 14 without a goal exception.

(2)

For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:

(a)

“Access Roads” means low volume public roads that principally provide access to property or as specified in an acknowledged comprehensive plan;

(b)

“Collectors” means public roads that provide access to property and that collect and distribute traffic between access roads and arterials or as specified in an acknowledged comprehensive plan;

(c)

“Arterials” means state highways and other public roads that principally provide service to through traffic between cities and towns, state highways and major destinations or as specified in an acknowledged comprehensive plan;

(d)

“Accessory Transportation Improvements” means transportation improvements that are incidental to a land use to provide safe and efficient access to the use;

(e)

“Channelization” means the separation or regulation of conflicting traffic movements into definite paths of travel by traffic islands or pavement markings to facilitate the safe and orderly movement of both vehicles and pedestrians. Examples include, but are not limited to, left turn refuges, right turn refuges including the construction of islands at intersections to separate traffic, and raised medians at driveways or intersections to permit only right turns. “Channelization” does not include continuous median turn lanes;

(f)

“Realignment” means rebuilding an existing roadway on a new alignment where the new centerline shifts outside the existing right of way, and where the existing road surface is either removed, maintained as an access road or maintained as a connection between the realigned roadway and a road that intersects the original alignment. The realignment shall maintain the function of the existing road segment being realigned as specified in the acknowledged comprehensive plan;

(g)

“New Road” means a public road or road segment that is not a realignment of an existing road or road segment.

(3)

The following transportation improvements are consistent with Goals 3, 4, 11, and 14 subject to the requirements of this rule:

(a)

Accessory transportation improvements for a use that is allowed or conditionally allowed by ORS 215.213 (Uses permitted in exclusive farm use zones in counties that adopted marginal lands system prior to 1993), 215.283 (Uses permitted in exclusive farm use zones in nonmarginal lands counties) or OAR chapter 660, division 6 (Forest Lands);

(b)

Transportation improvements that are allowed or conditionally allowed by ORS 215.213 (Uses permitted in exclusive farm use zones in counties that adopted marginal lands system prior to 1993), 215.283 (Uses permitted in exclusive farm use zones in nonmarginal lands counties) or OAR chapter 660, division 6 (Forest Lands);

(c)

Channelization not otherwise allowed under subsections (a) or (b) of this section;

(d)

Realignment of roads not otherwise allowed under subsection (a) or (b) of this section;

(e)

Replacement of an intersection with an interchange;

(f)

Continuous median turn lane;

(g)

New access roads and collectors within a built or committed exception area, or in other areas where the function of the road is to reduce local access to or local traffic on a state highway. These roads shall be limited to two travel lanes. Private access and intersections shall be limited to rural needs or to provide adequate emergency access.

(h)

Bikeways, footpaths and recreation trails not otherwise allowed as a modification or part of an existing road;

(i)

Park and ride lots;

(j)

Railroad mainlines and branchlines;

(k)

Pipelines;

(l)

Navigation channels;

(m)

Replacement of docks and other facilities without significantly increasing the capacity of those facilities;

(n)

Expansions or alterations of public use airports that do not permit service to a larger class of airplanes; and

(o)

Transportation facilities, services and improvements other than those listed in this rule that serve local travel needs. The travel capacity and performance standards of facilities and improvements serving local travel needs shall be limited to that necessary to support rural land uses identified in the acknowledged comprehensive plan or to provide adequate emergency access.

(4)

Accessory transportation improvements required as a condition of development listed in subsection (3)(a) of this rule shall be subject to the same procedures, standards and requirements applicable to the use to which they are accessory.

(5)

For transportation uses or improvements listed in subsections (3)(d) to (g) and (o) of this rule within an exclusive farm use (EFU) or forest zone, a jurisdiction shall, in addition to demonstrating compliance with the requirements of ORS 215.296 (Standards for approval of certain uses in exclusive farm use zones):

(a)

Identify reasonable build design alternatives, such as alternative alignments, that are safe and can be constructed at a reasonable cost, not considering raw land costs, with available technology. The jurisdiction need not consider alternatives that are inconsistent with applicable standards or not approved by a registered professional engineer;

(b)

Assess the effects of the identified alternatives on farm and forest practices, considering impacts to farm and forest lands, structures and facilities, considering the effects of traffic on the movement of farm and forest vehicles and equipment and considering the effects of access to parcels created on farm and forest lands; and

(c)

Select from the identified alternatives, the one, or combination of identified alternatives that has the least impact on lands in the immediate vicinity devoted to farm or forest use.

(6)

Notwithstanding any other provision of this division, if a jurisdiction has not met the deadline for TSP adoption set forth in OAR 660-012-0055 (Timing of Adoption and Update of Transportation System Plans; Exemptions), or any extension thereof, a transportation improvement that is listed in section (5) of this rule and that will significantly reduce peak hour travel time as provided in OAR 660-012-0035 (Evaluation and Selection of Transportation System Alternatives)(10) may be allowed in the urban fringe only if the jurisdiction applies either:

(a)

The criteria applicable to a “reasons” exception provided in Goal 2 and OAR 660, division 4; or

(b)

The evaluation and selection criteria set forth in OAR 660-012-0035 (Evaluation and Selection of Transportation System Alternatives).
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