7 CSR 10-12.030 - Nomination Review Process

Current through Register Vol. 46, No. 24, December 15, 2021

PURPOSE: This amendment removes unnecessary requirements in the nomination review process not found in state statute and eliminates the requirement of a biennial review.

(1) Initial Screening. The Missouri Department of Transportation is responsible for the initial screening of all nomination application packages. The completeness and accuracy of the application and the zoning of the proposed byway is reviewed.
(A) If any deficiencies in the application are discovered, the applicant is notified by the Missouri Department of Transportation and has ninety (90) days to resubmit the corrected application.
(B) If the application package appears complete, the Missouri Department of Transportation shall:
1. Send a letter to all affected governing bodies in the proposed byway area informing them of the nomination and requesting zoning information and a letter of intent; and

(C) The Missouri Department of Transportation shall also

2. Compile a report on the proposed byway including traffic, accident, and other pertinent safety data.
(2) Scenic Byways Advisory Committee (SBAC) Review. The application package of the nominating organization, the data report compiled by the Missouri Department of Transportation, and the letters of intent from the affected governing bodies are then presented to the SBAC for their preliminary review.
(3)SBAC. The SBAC consists of a member from each of the following:
(A) The Missouri Division of Tourism;
(B) The Missouri Department of Conservation;
(C) The Missouri Department of Natural Resources;
(D) The Missouri Outdoor Advertising Industry;
(E) The Missouri Department of Transportation;
(F) The American Automobile Association;
(G) The University of Missouri-Historic Preservation;
(H) Scenic Missouri, Inc.;
(I) Missouri Chamber of Commerce; and
(J) Missouri Retailers Association.
(4) Evaluation of Scenic Qualities. The SBAC evaluates the following qualities regarding scenic byway nomination in its initial review:
(A) Significant scenic, natural, historical, cultural or recreational resources in the proposed byway area;
(B) Adequate land area to accommodate safe enjoyment of scenic attractions including a review of accident rates;
(C) Compatibility of the scenic byway with recreational, aesthetic and environmental management needs of the area; and
(D) Presence of existing protected areas adjacent to the proposed byway such as national forests, federal or state parkland.
(5) Rating Scale. This evaluation includes results of a matrix rating scale used for prioritization of proposed scenic byways. This rating scale is available from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Attention: Scenic Byways Advisory Committee, PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or by visiting http://www.modot.org/scenicbyways/.
(6) SBAC Recommendation. Following initial review, SBAC shall then either-
(A) Recommend forwarding the proposed byway application to the next step of the nomination process; or
(B) Notify applicant of needed corrections . The applicant has ninety (90) days from receipt of notification to resubmit the corrected application.
(7) Notice of Intent. Upon SBAC recommendation, the Missouri Department of Transportation provides written notice of its intent to designate the road or highway as a scenic byway to newspapers of general circulation in the area(s) affected and to the governing body of each county and each municipality that has jurisdiction over all or part of the route.
(A) Within thirty (30) days following notice, the governing body of each county or municipality shall conduct a public hearing on the matter.
(B) Within ninety (90) days after the receipt of the notice from the department, each governing body of each county or municipality, after such hearing, shall approve or reject the proposed byway designation, notify the Missouri Department of Transportation of its approval or rejection, and submit a summary of the public hearing to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
(C) Support from all governing bodies is necessary for the nomination process to continue. If the proposed byway is under the joint jurisdiction of two (2) or more municipalities, or one (1) or more municipalities and one (1) or more counties, or two (2) or more counties, scenic byway designation for that portion of the route cannot occur until the governing bodies of all affected municipalities and the county commissions of all affected counties approve of such designation.
(8) Final SBAC Review. SBAC is responsible to review all information including the application package and summary of the public hearing prior to making a final recommendation.
(A) If the nomination is approved, the proposed byway is presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for final approval and official designation as a scenic byway; or
(B) If the nomination is not approved, SBAC notifies the applicant of deficiencies and the applicant has ninety (90) days to correct such deficiencies.
(9) Approval or Rejection by Commission. The final step in the nomination process is to receive approval or rejection from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission may, by commission minute, approve the designation of the road or highway as a scenic byway if the commission determines the road or highway will promote a continuous system of scenic byways for the public health and welfare. If the commission rejects such nomination, the applicant is given ninety (90) days after receipt of the commission's rejection to correct any deficiencies in the nomination.
(10) Agreement Following Designation. After official designation as a scenic byway by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, a written agreement between the commission and affected governing bodies is required and includes:
(11) Signs. The Missouri Department of Transportation manufactures and installs standard signs along all state scenic byways. Additional signs may be purchased and installed by affected governing bodies subject to department approval.
(12) Outdoor Advertising. Upon official designation by the commission, no new advertising devices which are visible from the highway may be erected, except the following exceptions provided in section 226.520, RSMo:

(13) Biennial Review Process. The SBAC shall review all biennial reports submitted by affected governing bodies. Such reviews shall ensure that the governing bodies are maintaining provisions included in the initial written agreement and corridor management plan. If the byway-

(A) Still meets scenic byway standards as provided in section (4) of this rule, the route shall retain its designation as a scenic byway; or

(B) Contains deficiencies, affected governing bodies shall be notified and shall have ninety (90) days in which to correct such deficiencies.

(14) (13) Periodic Review. Designated byways are subject to periodic review by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission with emphasis on the implementation of measures to ensure maintenance and enhancement of their scenic, historical, cultural, recreational, and natural features. Failure to maintain and protect the scenic appearance of a byway may result in termination of official designation by the commission.

Notes

7 CSR 10-12.030
AUTHORITY: sections 226.020, 226.150 and 226.797, RSMo 1994 and 226.798, 226.799 and 226.801, RSMo Supp. 1995* and section 1047 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, P.L. 102-240. Original rule filed April 10, 1996, effective Oct. 30, 1996. Amended by Missouri Register July 15, 2014/Volume 39, Number 14, effective 8/31/2014 Amended by Missouri Register April 16, 2018/Volume 43, Number 8, effective 5/31/2018

*Original authority: 226.020, RSMo 1939; 226.150, RSMo 1939, amended 1977; 226.797, RSMo 1990 and 226.798, 226.799 and 226.801, RSMo 1995.

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