Or. Admin. R. 660-025-0150 - Director Action and Appeal of Director Action (Work Task Phase)
(1) In response to a completed work task or other plan amendment submitted to the department for review in accordance with OAR 660-025-0140, the director may:
(a) Issue an order approving the completed work task or plan amendment;
(b) Issue an order remanding the work task or plan amendment to the local government including, for a work task only, a date for resubmittal;
(c) Refer the work task or plan amendment to the commission for review and action; or
(d) The director may issue an order approving portions of the completed work task or plan amendment provided these portions are not affected by an order remanding or referring the completed work task.
(2) The director must send the order to the local government, persons who filed objections and persons who, in writing, requested a copy of the action.
(3) The director shall take action on, and the order or referral must be sent, not later than 120 days of the date the department received the task submittal from the local government, unless the local government waives the 120-day deadline or the commission grants the director an extension. The local government may withdraw the submittal, in which case the 120-day deadline does not apply, provided the withdrawal will not result in the local government passing the deadline for work task submittal in the work program and any extension allowed in OAR 660-025-0130(6).
(4) If the director does not issue an order or refer the work task within the time limits set by section (3) of this rule, and the department did not receive any valid objections to the work task, the work task shall be deemed approved. In such cases, the department will provide a letter to the local government certifying that the work task is approved.
(5) If the department received one or more valid objections to the work task or plan amendment, the director must either issue an order within the time limits set by section (3) of this rule or refer the work task or plan amendment to the commission for review.
(6) Appeals of a director's decision are subject to the following requirements:
(a) A director's decision approving or partially approving a work task or plan amendment may be appealed to the commission only by a person who filed a valid objection.
(b) A director's decision remanding or partially remanding a work task or plan amendment may be appealed to the commission only by the local government, a person who filed a valid objection, or by another person who participated orally or in writing in the local proceedings leading to adoption of the local decision under review.
(c) Appeals of a director's decision must be filed with the department's Salem office within 21 days of the date the director's action was sent;
(d) A person, other than the local government that submitted the work task or plan amendment and an affected local government, appealing the director's decision must:
(A) Show that the person participated in the local proceedings leading to adoption of the work task or plan amendment orally or in writing;
(B) Clearly identify a deficiency in the work task or plan amendment sufficiently to identify the relevant section of the submittal and the statute, goal, or administrative rule the local government is alleged to have violated; and
(C) Suggest a specific modification to the work task or plan amendment necessary to resolve the alleged deficiency.
(7) If no appeal to the commission is filed within the time provided by section (6) of this rule, the director's order is deemed affirmed by the commission. If the order approved a submittal, the work task or plan amendment is deemed acknowledged.
(8) When a subsequent work task conflicts with a work task that has been deemed acknowledged, or violates a statewide planning goal, applicable statute or administrative rule related to a previous work task, the director or commission shall not approve the submittal until all conflicts and compliance issues are resolved. In such case, the director or commission may enter an order deferring acknowledgment of all, or part, of the subsequent work task until completion of additional tasks.
(9) The director's standard of review is the same as the standard that governs the commission expressed in OAR 660-025-0160(2).
Stat. Auth.: ORS 197.040 & 197.633
Stats. Implemented: ORS 197.626 - 197.646
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