(A) When the director of the Ohio department of rehabilitation and correction decides to seek proposals to build a facility in a particular geographic region of the state, this administrative rule shall govern the procedure to be utilized.
(B) For the purposes of this rule, "facility" shall be defined to include. But not to be limited to, correctional institutions, technical violator centers. intensive program prisons. and halfway houses.
(C) The director will develop criteria to be utilized to evaluate sites under consideration. Site criteria may vary depending on the size, security level or mission of the proposed facility.
(D) After selecting a geographic region, the director shall extend invitations to submit proposals for the facility to political jurisdictions within that area through letters to local jurisdictions, letters to elected state officials, newspapers, or other appropriate means of notification.
(E) A site selection panel will evaluate the proposals using the criteria developed for the facility, this panel may include representatives from the department of rehabilitation and correction, environmental protection agency, department of development, department of administrative services or other agencies as selected by the director of the department of rehabilitation and correction.
(F) After all proposals have been evaluated by the site selection panel, a short list of sites meeting all selection criteria will be developed. Sites on the short list will be then invited to make presentations to the site selection panel.
(G) Upon the recommendation of the site panel, the director shall make a final selection which best meets the needs of the department of rehabilitation and correction.