PUBLIC FACILITIES PLANNING
The purpose of this division is to aid in achieving the requirements of Goal 11, Public Facilities and Services, OAR 660-015-0000(11), interpret Goal 11 requirements regarding public facilities and services on rural lands, and implement ORS 197.712(2)(e), which requires that a city or county shall develop and adopt a public facility plan for areas within an urban growth boundary containing a population greater than 2,500 persons. The purpose of the plan is to help assure that urban development in such urban growth boundaries is guided and supported by types and levels of urban facilities and services appropriate for the needs and requirements of the urban areas to be serviced, and that those facilities and services are provided in a timely, orderly and efficient arrangement, as required by Goal 11. The division contains definitions relating to a public facility plan, procedures and standards for developing, adopting, and amending such a plan, the date for submittal of the plan to the Commission and standards for Department review of the plan.
[ED. NOTE: The goal referenced in this rule is available from the agency.]
Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & OAR 197
Stats. Implemented: ORS 197.712
Hist.: LCDC 4-1984, f. & ef. 10-18-84; LCDD 4-1998, f. & cert. ef. 7-28-98
(1) "Public Facilities Plan": A public facility plan is a support document or documents to a comprehensive plan. The facility plan describes the water, sewer and transportation facilities which are to support the land uses designated in the appropriate acknowledged comprehensive plans within an urban growth boundary containing a population greater than 2,500. Certain elements of the public facility plan also shall be adopted as part of the comprehensive plan, as specified in OAR 660-11-045.
(2) "Rough Cost Estimates": Rough cost estimates are approximate costs expressed in current-year (year closest to the period of public facility plan development) dollars. It is not intended that project cost estimates be as exact as is required for budgeting purposes.
(3) "Short Term": The short term is the period from year one through year five of the facility plan.
(4) "Long Term": The long term is the period from year six through the remainder of the planning period.
(5) "Public Facility": A public facility includes water, sewer, and transportation facilities, but does not include buildings, structures or equipment incidental to the direct operation of those facilities.
(6) "Public Facility Project": A public facility project is the construction or reconstruction of a water, sewer, or transportation facility within a public facility system that is funded or utilized by members of the general public.
(7) "Public Facility Systems": Public facility systems are those facilities of a particular type that combine to provide water, sewer or transportation services.
For purposes of this division, public facility systems are limited to the following:
(A) Sources of water;
(B) Treatment system;
(C) Storage system;
(D) Pumping system;
(E) Primary distribution system.
(b) Sanitary sewer:
(A) Treatment facilities system;
(B) Primary collection system.
(c) Storm sewer:
(A) Major drainageways (major trunk lines, streams, ditches, pump stations and retention basins);
(B) Outfall locations.
(A) Freeway system, if planned for in the acknowledged comprehensive plan;
(B) Arterial system;
(C) Significant collector system;
(D) Bridge system (those on the Federal Bridge Inventory);
(E) Mass transit facilities if planned for in the acknowledged comprehensive plan, including purchase of new buses if total fleet is less than 200 buses, rail lines or transit stations associated with providing transit service to major transportation corridors and park and ride station;
(F) Airport facilities as identified in the current airport master plans;
(G) Bicycle paths if planned for in the acknowledged comprehensive plan.
(8) "Land Use Decisions": In accordance with ORS 197.712(2)(e), project timing and financing provisions of public facility plans shall not be considered land use decisions as specified under ORS 197.015(10).
(9) "Urban Growth Management Agreement": In accordance with OAR 660-003-0010(2)(c), and urban growth management agreement is a written statement, agreement or set of agreements setting forth the means by which a plan for management of the unincorporated area within the urban growth boundary will be completed and by which the urban growth boundary may be modified (unless the same information is incorporated in other acknowledged documents).
The Public Facility Plan
(1) The public facility plan shall contain the following items:
(a) An inventory and general assessment of the condition of all the significant public facility systems which support the land uses designated in the acknowledged comprehensive plan;
(b) A list of the significant public facility projects which are to support the land uses designated in the acknowledged comprehensive plan. Public facility project descriptions or specifications of these projects as necessary;
(c) Rough cost estimates of each public facility project;
(d) A map or written description of each public facility project's general location or service area;
(e) Policy statement(s) or urban growth management agreement identifying the provider of each public facility system. If there is more than one provider with the authority to provide the system within the area covered by the public facility plan, then the provider of each project shall be designated;
(f) An estimate of when each facility project will be needed; and
(g) A discussion of the provider's existing funding mechanisms and the ability of these and possible new mechanisms to fund the development of each public facility project or system.
(2) Those public facilities to be addressed in the plan shall include, but need not be limited to those specified in OAR 660-011-0005(5). Facilities included in the public facility plan other than those included in OAR 660-011-0005(5) will not be reviewed for compliance with this rule.
(3) It is not the purpose of this division to cause duplication of or to supplant existing applicable facility plans and programs. Where all or part of an acknowledged comprehensive plan, facility master plan either of the local jurisdiction or appropriate special district, capital improvement program, regional functional plan, similar plan or any combination of such plans meets all or some of the requirements of this division, those plans, or programs may be incorporated by reference into the public facility plan required by this division. Only those referenced portions of such documents shall be considered to be a part of the public facility plan and shall be subject to the administrative procedures of this division and ORS Chapter 197.
Responsibility for Public Facility Plan Preparation
(1) Responsibility for the preparation, adoption and amendment of the public facility plan shall be specified within the urban growth management agreement. If the urban growth management agreement does not make provision for this responsibility, the agreement shall be amended to do so prior to the preparation of the public facility plan. In the case where an unincorporated area exists within the Portland Metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary which is not contained within the boundary of an approved urban planning area agreement with the County, the County shall be the responsible agency for preparation of the facility plan for that unincorporated area. The urban growth management agreement shall be submitted with the public facility plan as specified in OAR 660-011-0040.
(2) The jurisdiction responsible for the preparation of the public facility plan shall provide for the coordination of such preparation with the city, county, special districts and, as necessary, state and federal agencies and private providers of public facilities. The Metropolitan Service District is responsible for public facility plans coordination within the District consistent with ORS 197.190 and 268.390.
(3) Special districts, including port districts, shall assist in the development of the public facility plan for those facilities they provide. Special districts may object to that portion of the facilities plan adopted as part of the comprehensive plan during review by the Commission only if they have completed a special district agreement as specified under ORS 197.185 and 197.254(3) and (4) and participated in the development of such portion of the public facility plan.
(4) Those state agencies providing funding for or making expenditures on public facility systems shall participate in the development of the public facility plan in accordance with their state agency coordination agreement under ORS 197.180 and 197.712(2)(f).
Public Facility Inventory and Determination of Future Facility Projects
(1) The public facility plan shall include an inventory of significant public facility systems. Where the acknowledged comprehensive plan, background document or one or more of the plans or programs listed in OAR 660-011-0010(3) contains such an inventory, that inventory may be incorporated by reference. The inventory shall include:
(a) Mapped location of the facility or service area;
(b) Facility capacity or size; and
(c) General assessment of condition of the facility (e.g., very good, good, fair, poor, very poor).
(2) The public facility plan shall identify significant public facility projects which are to support the land uses designated in the acknowledged comprehensive plan. The public facility plan shall list the title of the project and describe each public facility project in terms of the type of facility, service area, and facility capacity.
(3) Project descriptions within the facility plan may require modifications based on subsequent environmental impact studies, design studies, facility master plans, capital improvement programs, or site availability. The public facility plan should anticipate these changes as specified in OAR 660-011-0045.
Timing of Required Public Facilities
(1) The public facilities plan shall include a general estimate of the timing for the planned public facility projects. This timing component of the public facilities plan can be met in several ways depending on whether the project is anticipated in the short term or long term. The timing of projects may be related directly to population growth, e.g., the expansion or new construction of water treatment facilities. Other facility projects can be related to a measure of the facility's service level being met or exceeded, e.g., a major arterial or intersection reaching a maximum vehicle-per-day standard. Development of other projects may be more long term and tied neither to specific population levels nor measures of service levels, e.g., sewer projects to correct infiltration and inflow problems. These projects can take place over a long period of time and may be tied to the availability of long-term funding. The timing of projects may also be tied to specific years.
(2) Given the different methods used to estimate the timing of public facilities, the public facility plan shall identify projects as occurring in either the short term or long term, based on those factors which are related to project development. For those projects designated for development in the short term, the public facility plan shall identify an approximate year for development. For those projects designated for development over the long term, the public facility plan shall provide a general estimate as to when the need for project development would exist, e.g., population level, service level standards, etc. Timing provisions for public facility projects shall be consistent with the acknowledged comprehensive plan's projected growth estimates. The public facility plan shall consider the relationships between facilities in providing for development.
(3) Anticipated timing provisions for public facilities are not considered land use decisions as specified in ORS 197.712(2)(e), and, therefore, cannot be the basis of appeal under ORS 197.610(1) and (2) or 197.835(4).
Location of Public Facility Projects
(1) The public facility plan shall identify the general location of the public facility project in specificity appropriate for the facility. Locations of projects anticipated to be carried out in the short term can be specified more precisely than the locations of projects anticipated for development in the long term.
(2) Anticipated locations for public facilities may require modifications based on subsequent environmental impact studies, design studies, facility master plans, capital improvement programs, or land availability. The public facility plan should anticipate those changes as specified in OAR 660-011-0045.
Determination of Rough Cost Estimates for Public Facility Projects and Local Review of Funding Mechanisms for Public Facility Systems
(1) The public facility plan shall include rough cost estimates for those sewer, water, and transportation public facility projects identified in the facility plan. The intent of these rough cost estimates is to:
(a) Provide an estimate of the fiscal requirements to support the land use designations in the acknowledged comprehensive plan; and
(b) For use by the facility provider in reviewing the provider's existing funding mechanisms (e.g., general funds, general obligation and revenue bonds, local improvement district, system development charges, etc.) and possible alternative funding mechanisms. In addition to including rough cost estimates for each project, the facility plan shall include a discussion of the provider's existing funding mechanisms and the ability of these and possible new mechanisms to fund the development of each public facility project or system. These funding mechanisms may also be described in terms of general guidelines or local policies.
Date of Submittal of Public Facility Plans
The public facility plan shall be completed, adopted, and submitted by the time of the responsible jurisdiction's periodic review. The public facility plan shall be reviewed under OAR Chapter 660, Division 25, "Periodic Review" with the jurisdiction's comprehensive plan and land use regulations. Portions of public facility plans adopted as part of comprehensive plans prior to the responsible jurisdiction's periodic review will be reviewed pursuant to OAR Chapter 660, Division 18, "Post Acknowledgment Procedures".
Adoption and Amendment Procedures for Public Facility Plans
(1) The governing body of the city or county responsible for development of the public facility plan shall adopt the plan as a supporting document to the jurisdiction's comprehensive plan and shall also adopt as part of the comprehensive plan:
(a) The list of public facility project titles, excluding (if the jurisdiction so chooses) the descriptions or specifications of those projects;
(b) A map or written description of the public facility projects' locations or service areas as specified in sections (2) and (3) of this rule; and
(c) The policy(ies) or urban growth management agreement designating the provider of each public facility system. If there is more than one provider with the authority to provide the system within the area covered by the public facility plan, then the provider of each project shall be designated.
(2) Certain public facility project descriptions, location or service area designations will necessarily change as a result of subsequent design studies, capital improvement programs, environmental impact studies, and changes in potential sources of funding. It is not the intent of this division to:
(a) Either prohibit projects not included in the public facility plans for which unanticipated funding has been obtained;
(b) Preclude project specification and location decisions made according to the National Environmental Policy Act; or
(c) Subject administrative and technical changes to the facility plan to ORS 197.610(1) and (2) or 197.835(4).
(3) The public facility plan may allow for the following modifications to projects without amendment to the public facility plan:
(a) Administrative changes are those modifications to a public facility project which are minor in nature and do not significantly impact the project's general description, location, sizing, capacity, or other general characteristic of the project;
(b) Technical and environmental changes are those modifications to a public facility project which are made pursuant to "final engineering" on a project or those that result from the findings of an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement conducted under regulations implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508)or any federal or State of Oregon agency project development regulations consistent with that Act and its regulations.
(c) Public facility project changes made pursuant to subsection (3)(b) of this rule are subject to the administrative procedures and review and appeal provisions of the regulations controlling the study (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 or similar regulations) and are not subject to the administrative procedures or review or appeal provisions of ORS Chapter 197, or OAR Chapter 660 Division 18.
(4) Land use amendments are those modifications or amendments to the list, location or provider of, public facility projects, which significantly impact a public facility project identified in the comprehensive plan and which do not qualify under subsection (3)(a) or (b) of this rule. Amendments made pursuant to this subsection are subject to the administrative procedures and review and appeal provisions accorded "land use decisions" in ORS Chapter 197 and those set forth in OAR Chapter 660 Division 18.
Standards for Review by the Department
The Department of Land Conservation and Development shall evaluate the following, as further defined in this division, when reviewing public facility plans submitted under this division:
(1) Those items as specified in OAR 660-011-0010(1);
(2) Whether the plan contains a copy of all agreements required under OAR 660-011-0010 and 660-011-0015; and
(3) Whether the public facility plan is consistent with the acknowledged comprehensive plan.
Sewer Service to Rural Lands
(1) As used in this rule, unless the context requires otherwise:
(a) "Establishment of a sewer system" means the creation of a new sewage system, including systems provided by public or private entities;
(b) "Extension of a Sewer System" means the extension of a pipe, conduit, pipeline, main, or other physical component from or to an existing sewer system in order to provide service to a use, regardless of whether the use is inside the service boundaries of the public or private service provider. The sewer service authorized in section (8) of this rule is not an extension of a sewer;
(c) "No practicable alternative to a sewer system" means a determination by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or the Oregon Health Division, pursuant to criteria in OAR chapter 340, division 71, and other applicable rules and laws, that an existing public health hazard cannot be adequately abated by the repair or maintenance of existing sewer systems or on-site systems or by the installation of new on-site systems as defined in OAR 340-071-0100;
(d) "Public health hazard" means a condition whereby it is probable that the public is exposed to disease-caused physical suffering or illness due to the presence of inadequately treated sewage;
(e) "Sewage" means the water-carried human, animal, vegetable, or industrial waste from residences, buildings, industrial establishments or other places, together with such ground water infiltration and surface water as may be present;
(f) "Sewer system" means a system that serves more than one lot or parcel, or more than one condominium unit or more than one unit within a planned unit development, and includes pipelines or conduits, pump stations, force mains, and all other structures, devices, appurtenances and facilities used for treating or disposing of sewage or for collecting or conducting sewage to an ultimate point for treatment and disposal. The following are not considered a "sewer system" for purposes of this rule:
(A) A system provided solely for the collection, transfer and/or disposal of storm water runoff;
(B) A system provided solely for the collection, transfer and/or disposal of animal waste from a farm use as defined in ORS 215.303.
(2) Except as provided in sections (3), (4), (8), and (9) of this rule, and consistent with Goal 11, a local government shall not allow:
(a) The establishment of new sewer systems outside urban growth boundaries or unincorporated community boundaries;
(b) The extension of sewer lines from within urban growth boundaries or unincorporated community boundaries in order to serve uses on land outside those boundaries;
(c) The extension of sewer systems that currently serve land outside urban growth boundaries and unincorporated community boundaries in order to serve uses that are outside such boundaries and are not served by the system on July 28, 1998.
(3) Components of a sewer system that serve lands inside an urban growth boundary (UGB) may be placed on lands outside the boundary provided that the conditions in subsections (a) and (b) of this section are met, as follows:
(a) Such placement is necessary to:
(A) Serve lands inside the UGB more efficiently by traversing lands outside the boundary;
(B) Serve lands inside a nearby UGB or unincorporated community;
(C) Connect to components of the sewer system lawfully located on rural lands, such as outfall or treatment facilities; or
(D) Transport leachate from a landfill on rural land to a sewer system inside a UGB;
(b) The local government:
(A) Adopts land use regulations to ensure the sewer system shall not serve land outside urban growth boundaries or unincorporated community boundaries, except as authorized under section (4) of this rule; and
(B) Determines that the system satisfies ORS 215.296(1) or (2) to protect farm and forest practices, except for systems located in the subsurface of public roads and highways along the public right of way.
(4) A local government may allow the establishment of a new sewer system, or the extension of an existing sewer system, to serve land outside urban growth boundaries and unincorporated community boundaries in order to mitigate a public health hazard, provided that the conditions in subsections (a) and (b) of this section are met, as follows:
(a) The DEQ or the Oregon Health Division initially:
(A) Determines that a public health hazard exists in the area;
(B) Determines that the health hazard is caused by sewage from development that existed in the area on July 28, 1998;
(C) Describes the physical location of the identified sources of the sewage contributing to the health hazard; and
(D) Determines that there is no practicable alternative to a sewer system in order to abate the public health hazard; and
(b) The local government, in response to the determination in subsection (a) of this section, and based on recommendations by DEQ and the Oregon Health Division where appropriate:
(A) Determines the type of sewer system and service to be provided, pursuant to section (5) of this rule;
(B) Determines the boundaries of the sewer system service area, pursuant to section (6) of this rule;
(C) Adopts land use regulations that ensure the sewer system is designed and constructed so that its capacity does not exceed the minimum necessary to serve the area within the boundaries described under paragraph (B) of this subsection, except for urban reserve areas as provided under OAR 660-021-0040(6);
(D) Adopts land use regulations to prohibit the sewer system from serving any uses other than those existing or allowed in the identified service area on the date the sewer system is approved;
(E) Adopts plan and zone amendments to ensure that only rural land uses are allowed on rural lands in the area to be served by the sewer system, consistent with Goal 14 and OAR 660-004-0018, unless a Goal 14 exception has been acknowledged;
(F) Ensures that land use regulations do not authorize a higher density of residential development than would be authorized without the presence of the sewer system; and
(G) Determines that the system satisfies ORS 215.296(1) or (2) to protect farm and forest practices, except for systems located in the subsurface of public roads and highways along the public right of way.
(5) Where the DEQ determines that there is no practicable alternative to a sewer system, the local government, based on recommendations from DEQ, shall determine the most practicable sewer system to abate the health hazard considering the following:
(a) The system must be sufficient to abate the public health hazard pursuant to DEQ requirements applicable to such systems; and
(b) New or expanded sewer systems serving only the health hazard area shall be generally preferred over the extension of a sewer system from an urban growth boundary. However, if the health hazard area is within the service area of a sanitary authority or district, the sewer system operated by the authority or district, if available and sufficient, shall be preferred over other sewer system options.
(6) The local government, based on recommendations from DEQ and, where appropriate, the Oregon Health Division, shall determine the area to be served by a sewer system necessary to abate a health hazard. The area shall include only the following:
(a) Lots and parcels that contain the identified sources of the sewage contributing to the health hazard;
(b) Lots and parcels that are surrounded by or abut the parcels described in subsection (a) of this section, provided the local government demonstrates that, due to soils, insufficient lot size, or other conditions, there is a reasonably clear probability that onsite systems installed to serve uses on such lots or parcels will fail and further contribute to the health hazard.
(7) The local government or agency responsible for the determinations pursuant to sections (4) through (6) of this rule shall provide notice to all affected local governments and special districts regarding opportunities to participate in such determinations.
(8) A local government may allow a residential use to connect to an existing sewer line provided the conditions in subsections (a) through (h) of this section are met:
(a) The sewer service is to a residential use located on a parcel as defined by ORS 215.010(1), or a lot created by subdivision of land as defined in ORS 92.010;
(b) The parcel or lot is within a special district or sanitary authority sewer service boundary that existed on January 1, 2005, or the parcel is partially within such boundary and the sewer service provider is willing or obligated to provide service to the portion of the parcel or lot located outside that service boundary;
(c) The sewer service is to connect to a residential use located within a rural residential area, as described in OAR 660-004-0040, which existed on January 1, 2005;
(d) The nearest connection point from the residential parcel or lot to be served is within 300 feet of a sewer line that existed at that location on January 1, 2005;
(e) It is determined by the local government to be practical to connect the sewer service to the residential use considering geographic features or other natural or man-made constraints;
(f) The sewer service authorized by this section shall be available to only those parcels and lots specified in this section, unless service to other parcels or lots is authorized under sections (4) or (9) of this rule;
(g) The existing sewer line, from where the nearest connection point is determined under subsection (8)(d) of this rule, is not located within an urban growth boundary or unincorporated community boundary; and
(h) The connection of the sewer service shall not be relied upon to authorize a higher density of residential development than would be authorized without the presence of the sewer service, and shall not be used as a basis for an exception to Goal 14 as required by OAR 660-004-0040(6).
(9) A local government may allow the establishment of new sewer systems or the extension of sewer lines not otherwise provided for in section (4) of this rule, or allow a use to connect to an existing sewer line not otherwise provided for in section (8) of this rule, provided the standards for an exception to Goal 11 have been met, and provided the local government adopts land use regulations that prohibit the sewer system from serving any uses or areas other than those justified in the exception. Appropriate reasons and facts for an exception to Goal 11 include but are not limited to the following:
(a) The new system, or extension of an existing system, is necessary to avoid an imminent and significant public health hazard that would otherwise result if the sewer service is not provided; and, there is no practicable alternative to the sewer system in order to avoid the imminent public health hazard, or
(b) The extension of an existing sewer system will serve land that, by operation of federal law, is not subject to statewide planning Goal 11 and, if necessary, Goal 14.
[ED. NOTE: Goals referenced are available from the agency.]
Stat. Auth.: ORS 197.040
Stats. Implemented: ORS 197.712
Hist.: LCDD 4-1998, f. & cert. ef. 7-28-98; LCDD 1-2005, f. 2-11-05, cert. ef. 2-14-05; LCDD 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 2-13-08; LCDD 3-2008, f. & cert. ef. 4-18-08
Water Service to Rural Lands
(1) As used in this rule, unless the context requires otherwise:
(a) "Establishment" means the creation of a new water system and all associated physical components, including systems provided by public or private entities;
(b) "Extension of a water system" means the extension of a pipe, conduit, pipeline, main, or other physical component from or to an existing water system in order to provide service to a use that was not served by the system on the applicable date of this rule, regardless of whether the use is inside the service boundaries of the public or private service provider.
(c) "Water system" shall have the same meaning as provided in Goal 11, and includes all pipe, conduit, pipeline, mains, or other physical components of such a system.
(2) Consistent with Goal 11, local land use regulations applicable to lands that are outside urban growth boundaries and unincorporated community boundaries shall not:
(a) Allow an increase in a base density in a residential zone due to the availability of service from a water system;
(b) Allow a higher density for residential development served by a water system than would be authorized without such service; or
(c) Allow an increase in the allowable density of residential development due to the presence, establishment, or extension of a water system.
(3) Applicable provisions of this rule, rather than conflicting provisions of local acknowledged zoning ordinances, shall immediately apply to local land use decisions filed subsequent to the effective date of this rule.
[ED. NOTE: The goal referenced in this rule is available from the agency.]
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