The All-Terrain Vehicle Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee is established.
The committee consists of seven members.
(a) The State Parks and Recreation Director shall appoint:
Two representatives of all-terrain vehicle users.
One representative of a city or county.
One representative of a law enforcement agency.
One representative who is a member of the public.
One representative of the State Parks and Recreation Department as a nonvoting member.
The Director of Transportation shall appoint one representative of the Department of Transportation as a nonvoting member.
The committee shall:
Accept and evaluate proposed all-terrain vehicle highway access routes on portions of state highway rights of way;
Conduct field reviews of proposed all-terrain vehicle highway access routes and consult with the following:
A county commissioner;
A sheriff’s office;
Any road authority with jurisdiction of the proposed all-terrain vehicle highway access route;
A member of a local all-terrain vehicle user organization;
A land management agency in the area that provides all-terrain vehicle riding opportunities; and
If the proposed all-terrain vehicle highway access route is located within the boundaries of a city, a representative of the city;
Conduct at least one public meeting to explain the proposed all-terrain vehicle highway access route and receive comments; and
Submit a report to the Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission and may include recommendations related to all-terrain vehicle highway access routes on portions of state highway rights of way.
The committee must take into consideration the following when developing its recommendations:
The need to create connections between areas open to all-terrain vehicle use.
Minimizing adverse effects on adjacent landowners.
Road conditions, including but not limited to road width, shoulders, highway speed, population densities and sight distance.
The desire of the local community to allow all-terrain vehicle highway access routes to cross portions of state highway rights of way for purposes of highway or trail connectivity, access to recreational areas and promoting tourism.
Consistency with local all-terrain vehicle use on city streets and county roads adjacent to the portions of state highway rights of way.
Any other factors the committee considers important.
A majority of the voting members of the committee constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
Official action by the committee requires the approval of a majority of the voting members of the committee.
The committee shall elect one of its members to serve as chairperson.
If there is a vacancy for any cause, the appointing authority shall make an appointment to become immediately effective.
The committee shall meet at times and places specified by the call of the chairperson or of a majority of the voting members of the committee.
The committee may adopt rules necessary for the operation of the committee.
The State Parks and Recreation Department shall provide staff support to the committee.
Members of the committee are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for necessary travel expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties.
The State Parks and Recreation Department is directed to assist the committee in the performance of the committee’s duties and, to the extent permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish information and advice the members of the committee consider necessary to perform their duties. [2017 c.453 §7]Note: 821.335 (All-Terrain Vehicle Highway Access Routes Advisory Committee) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 821 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation._______________