(1)(a) New essential facilities described in ORS 455.447 (1)(a)(A), (B) and (G) and new special occupancy structures described in ORS 455.447 (1)(e)(B), (C) and (E) may not be constructed in the tsunami inundation zone established under paragraph (c) of this subsection. The provisions of this paragraph apply to buildings with a capacity greater than 50 individuals for every public, private or parochial school through secondary level and child care centers.
(b) The State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries shall establish the parameters of the area of expected tsunami inundation based on scientific evidence that may include geologic field data and tsunami modeling.
(c) The governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, by rule, shall determine the tsunami inundation zone based on the parameters established by the department. The board shall adopt the zone as determined by the department under paragraph (b) of this subsection except as modified by the board under paragraph (d) of this subsection.
(d) The board may grant exceptions to restrictions in the tsunami inundation zone established under paragraph (c) of this subsection after public hearing and a determination by the board that the applicant has demonstrated that the safety of building occupants will be ensured to the maximum reasonable extent:
(A) By addressing the relative risks within the zone.
(B) By balancing competing interests and other considerations.
(C) By considering mitigative construction strategies.
(D) By considering mitigative terrain modification.
(e) The provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection do not apply:
(A) To fire or police stations where there is a need for strategic location; and
(B) To public schools if there is a need for the school to be within the boundaries of a school district and fulfilling that need cannot otherwise be accomplished.
(f) All materials supporting an application for an exception to the tsunami inundation zone are public records under ORS 192.005 to 192.170 and must be retained in the library of the department for periods of time determined by its governing board.
(g) The applicant for an exception to the tsunami inundation zone established under paragraph (c) of this subsection shall pay any costs for department review of the application and the costs, if any, of the approval process.
(2) The definitions in ORS 455.447 apply to this section.
(3) The provisions of this section do not apply to water-dependent and water-related facilities, including but not limited to docks, wharves, piers and marinas.
(4) Decisions made under this section are not land use decisions under ORS 197.015 (10). [1995 c.617 §2; 2005 c.22 §329; 2007 c.354 §31]
Note: 455.446 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 455 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.Section: Previous 455.415 455.420 455.422 455.425 455.430 455.440 455.445 455.446 455.447 455.448 455.449 455.450 455.455 455.457 455.459 Next
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