Chapter 1504: OFFICE OF REAL ESTATE AND LAND MANAGEMENT

1504.01 Office of real estate and land management; creation.

There is hereby created in the department of natural resources the office of real estate and land management. The director of natural resources shall appoint a chief to administer the office. The chief shall act as the director's designee and carry out the duties of the chief on behalf of the director. Subject to the approval of the director, the chief shall employ assistants and other employees as necessary to execute the duties of the office as prescribed by this chapter.

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 293, §1, eff. 9/14/2016.

1504.02 Duties.

(A) The office of real estate and land management shall do all of the following:

(1) Except as otherwise provided in the Revised Code, coordinate and conduct all real estate functions for the department of natural resources, including acquiring land by purchase, lease, gift, devise, bequest, appropriation, or otherwise: administering grants through sales, leases, exchanges, easements, and licenses: performing inventories of land: and performing other related general management duties;

(2) Cooperate with federal agencies and political subdivisions in administering federal recreation moneys under the "Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965," 78 Stat. 897, 16 U.S.C. 4601-8, and prepare and distribute the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan;

(3) Prepare special studies and execute any other duties, functions, and responsibilities requested by the director of natural resources;

(4) Administer the real estate services associated with canal lands on behalf of the director under Chapter 1520. of the Revised Code.

(B) The office may do any of the following:

(1) Coordinate environmental matters concerning the department and the state as are necessary to comply with the "National Environmental Policy Act of 1969," 83 Stat. 852, 42 U.S.C. 4321, the "Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968," 82 Stat. 1098, 31 U.S.C. 6506, and the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act," 91 Stat. 1566 (1977), 33 U.S.C. 1251, and regulations adopted under those acts;

(2) Survey land;

(3) As considered necessary by the director, administer any state or federally funded grant program that is related to natural resources or recreation;

(4) Coordinate department projects, programs, policies, procedures, and activities with the United States army corps of engineers and other federal agencies;

(5) Coordinate department activities associated with the completion of drainage ditch improvements in accordance with Chapters 6131. and 6133. of the Revised Code;

(6) Prepare and distribute the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan.

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 293, §1, eff. 9/14/2016.

1504.03 Surveys and inspections.

The chief of the office of real estate and land management or an employee of the office may enter upon lands to make surveys and inspections when necessary for the purposes of this chapter. The chief shall provide reasonable notice of any proposed entry to the owner or person in possession of the land to be surveyed or inspected not less than forty-eight hours and not more than thirty days prior to the date of entry. An entry conducted under this section does not constitute trespass.

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 293, §1, eff. 9/14/2016.

1504.04 [Repealed].

Repealed by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §105.01, eff. 7/17/2009.