STATEWIDE PLANNING STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OUTDOOR RECREATION
Purpose of Rule
This rule establishes the standards the State Parks and Recreation Department, Office of the State Liaison Officer, shall use when performing statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation planning.
Statutory Authority and Procedure
ORS 390.180 requires the Director to adopt rules establishing standards the State Parks and Recreation Department shall use when the Department performs statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation planning.
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning Process
(1) This process is defined as a continuous statewide comprehensive five-year cycle of outdoor recreation planning events that result in: Policy and issue determination; annual action programs to address salient issues; and monitoring devices for the implementation of these actions. The base for the process is found in the periodic update of the state's recreation supply inventory, demand assessment and needs analysis. The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is the product of this process. "Oregon SCORP -- 1983" was endorsed and approved by the Governor of the State of Oregon on August 19, 1983.
(2) The primary guidelines for performing this planning process will be Parts 630 and 635 of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service Manual.
Whereas the State Parks Director has been designated by the Governor as the State Liaison Officer (SLO) to the Federal Department of the Interior and is charged with the responsibility to administer the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning process, the following standards shall apply:
(1) Problem Identification. In order to identify problems or potential recreational planning issues, the Department shall:
(a) Maintain continuous contacts with citizen and professional organizations, and special interest groups.
(b) Periodically review Oregon comprehensive land use planning processes and documents; state, legislative and national directives.
(2) Citizen Participation. In order to ensure maximum citizen participation, the Department shall:
(a) Use workshops, news releases, public hearing notices, surveys, questionnaires and/or other means to inform citizens and solicit participation on statewide planning issues, and shall document in writing those activities and the extent of participation by the public;
(b) Maintain a mailing list of citizens, agencies, handicapped and minority persons, by which it shall notify and solicit citizen ideas and participation;
(c) Notify the news media at least two weeks before any official public hearings, workshops or other public meetings;
(d) Utilize the citizen participation activities conducted by other agencies or units of government if those actions would eliminate duplications of effort and/or supplement the Department's efforts, if it relates specifically to the planning issue being considered, and if it can be documented in writing.
(3) Development of Documents. Before any action or decision affecting statewide recreation planning, the Department shall:
(a) Take into account all input received and prepare a draft document for review;
(b) Circulate the draft document to constituent groups, make the document available to any citizen upon request, and have the document available for public viewing at the State Parks Office in Salem, Oregon and the region State Parks Offices in Portland, Tillamook, Coos Bay, Bend, and La Grande;
(c) Prepare a final document based upon all input received, including comments received from the draft document.
(4) Outreach Programs. In all cases the Department shall: Develop special outreach programs, determined on a case-by-case basis, if the above-mentioned standards are not sufficient to provide adequate participation and information by minority or special populations.
(5) Planning Advisory Committee for SCORP:
(a) The SLO will appoint a nine-member Advisory Committee comprised of one member from each of the following sectors:
(A) County Parks Departments;
(B) City Parks Departments;
(C) Park and Recreation Districts;
(D) Citizen at large;
(E) Private sector;
(F) Federal and state agency representatives;
(G) Minority representative;
(H) Handicapped representative.
(b) This committee will meet as necessary to review and establish recommendations for alternative actions and formulation of draft proposals.