Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Rule Rule 736-008-0050
Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee


The Oregon Outdoor Recreation Committee (OORC) shall be composed of nine members appointed by the State Parks and Recreation Department Director. The Committee membership, to serve nonconcurrent four-year terms, shall represent the following interests:


Counties east of the Cascade Mountains;


Counties west of the Cascade Mountains;


Cities under 15,000 people;


Cities over 15,000 people;


Park and Recreation Districts, Metropolitan Service District or Port Districts;


State Parks and Recreation Department;


People with Disabilities;


Minorities; or Representatives from Tribal Governments; and


The public at large;


The chair shall appointed by the Director from the committee membership, considering the recommendations of the committee.


Selection of committee members shall be from a list of not less than two candidates for each position to be supplied by:


County representation shall be from lists supplied by the Oregon Parks Association and the Association of Oregon Counties;


City representation shall be from lists supplied by the Oregon Recreation and Park Association and the League of Oregon Cities;


Park and Recreation District, Port District or Metropolitan Service District representation shall be from a list supplied by the Special Districts Association of Oregon;


Representatives for People with Disabilities, Tribal Governments, Minorities, Public at Large, and Parks Department shall be selected by the Director.


The travel, meals and lodging expenses of all members of the Committee will be reimbursed by the Department according to the rates established by the Department of Administrative Services and approved by the Director.


Function of OORC:


The Committee shall meet in April of every even year, starting in 1996, and at other times upon the call of the Director. The committee will establish a priority order of eligible local government projects for Land and Water Conservation Funding assistance or provide other assistance as requested by the Department. The meeting will assure full and open project selection processes that will include an outreach to all citizens of the state.


In order to assure full citizen participation in the selection of local projects to be prioritized for funding, all projects submitted must be consistent with the recreation element of the local comprehensive land use plan. The prioritization process will provide the opportunity for the citizens of the state to address the degree to which each project meets the outdoor recreation needs of the state and local community. The Department will provide public notice of all projects to be presented to the OORC at least 30 days prior to their meeting.


Each sponsor shall be allowed to make a presentation under a procedure established by the Department.


Priority Selection Criteria. Projects shall be prioritized by OORC based on at least the following:


Department review and recommendations, including a technical scoring of each project that will include the extent to which projects satisfy basic outdoor recreation needs and/or urgent needs identified in SCORP, the extent the project meets the recreation needs identified in the local comprehensive land use plan, and sponsor’s past performance in their ability to complete and bill projects, maintain existing facilities, and whether there are any outstanding conversions;


The committee shall review all applications using project selection criteria, including but not limited to the following:


Extent the project demonstrates user benefits, public interest and support;


Extent the project demonstrates conformance with local and state planning guidelines, the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and local Park Master Plans; all projects must be identified in local comprehensive plans and current master plans;


Financial considerations, including cost/benefit ratio;


Environmental assessment as defined in Oregon Application Procedures Manual.


Extent the project increases outdoor recreation opportunity in the service area.


How well the project’s design accommodates people with disabilities.

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