Chapter 5512: TRANSPORTATION REVIEW ADVISORY COUNCIL

5512.01 Strategic initiatives of department of transportation.

The director of transportation shall develop the strategic initiatives of the department of transportation. Not more than six months after the effective date of this section, the director shall submit the strategic initiatives of the department to the transportation review advisory council.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.01

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.02 Project selection process for prioritization of new transportation capacity projects.

(A) The director of transportation shall develop a written project selection process for the prioritization of new transportation capacity projects. The director shall include the following in the process:

(1) A description of how strategic initiatives submitted by the director are advanced by the process;

(2) A definition of the kinds of projects to which the process applies;

(3) Criteria that are used to rank proposed projects by how effectively a project contributes to the advancement of the strategic initiatives;

(4) Data that is necessary to apply the ranking criteria;

(5) Any other provisions the director considers appropriate.

(B) In developing the project selection process, the director shall seek and consider public comment on the process. In doing so, the director may hold public hearings in various locations around the state.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.02

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.03 Council review of selection process.

Upon completing the written project selection process for the prioritization of new transportation capacity projects, the director of transportation shall submit it to the transportation review advisory council. The council shall review the process, and approve it or make revisions.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.03

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.04 Biennial fiscal forecasts.

At least once every two years, the director of transportation shall prepare a fiscal forecast predicting or indicating the amount of funding expected to be available for construction of new transportation capacity projects during the period of the forecast. The forecast shall be consistent with the biennial budget approved by the general assembly.

The transportation review advisory council shall develop and approve a list of projects that will not cause spending to significantly exceed the funding predicted to be available by the fiscal forecast.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.04

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.05 Public hearing for public comment related to project selection process.

In performing its duty to develop the project selection process, and list of projects, the transportation review advisory council shall conduct no more than six public hearings per year at various locations around the state. At the hearings, the council shall accept public comment related to the project selection process, and on the merits of major new transportation projects. Members of the council shall attend the hearings in person.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.05

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.06 Biennial reports to governor and general assembly.

The director of transportation, with the approval of the transportation review advisory council, shall submit biennial reports to the governor and the general assembly on the conduct of the project selection process for prioritizing transportation capacity projects, and on the progress of those projects undertaken.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.06

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.07 Transportation review advisory council.

(A) There is hereby created the transportation review advisory council. No member of the general assembly shall be a member of the council. The council shall consist of nine members, one of whom is the director of transportation. Six members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. One member shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one member shall be appointed by the president of the senate. In making their appointments, the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the president of the senate shall consult with each other so that of the total number of eight appointed members, at least two are affiliated with the major political party not represented by the governor. In making the governor's appointments, the governor shall appoint persons who reside in different geographic areas of the state. Within ninety days after June 30, 1997, the governor, speaker, and president shall make the initial appointments to the council.

Appointed members shall have no conflict of interest with the position. For purposes of this section, "conflict of interest" means taking any action that violates any provision of Chapter 102. or 2921. of the Revised Code.

Each of the members the governor appoints shall have experience either in the area of transportation or in that of business or economic development.

One such member shall be selected from a list of five names provided by the Ohio public expenditure council.

(B) Of the governor's initial appointments made to the council, one shall be for a term ending one year after June 30, 1997, one shall be for a term ending two years after June 30, 1997, one shall be for a term ending four years after June 30, 1997, and one shall be for a term ending five years after June 30, 1997. Within ninety days after September 16, 1998, the governor shall make two appointments to the council. Of these appointments, one shall be for a term ending June 30, 2001, and one shall be for a term ending June 30, 2002. The speaker's and president's initial appointments made to the council shall be for a term ending three years after June 30, 1997. Thereafter, all terms of office, including the terms for those persons who are appointed to succeed the persons whose appointments are made within ninety days after September 16, 1998, shall be for five years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill another member's unexpired term shall hold office for the remainder of that unexpired term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of the member's term until the member's successor takes office.

(C) The director of transportation is the chairperson of the council.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.07

Effective Date: 11-02-1999

5512.08 Council members compensation and expenses.

Members of the transportation review advisory council, except the director of transportation, shall be compensated at the rate of seven thousand five hundred dollars for service on the council from July 1, 1997, through June 30, 1998, and five thousand dollars for each subsequent year beginning on July 1, 1998. In addition, members shall receive necessary travel and other expenses related to their service on the council, except that the combined amount of compensation and expenses paid to any member under this section shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars in any year.

As used in this section, "year" means the first day of July through the thirtieth day of June.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.08

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.09 Staff assistance and office space for council.

At the request of the transportation review advisory council, the department of transportation shall provide staff assistance and office space for the council.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.09

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5512.10 Review of request for interchange.

This section applies if a political subdivision outside the jurisdiction of a metropolitan planning organization submits a request to the department of transportation for an interchange to be constructed on an interstate highway or a multi-lane, fully controlled-access highway under the jurisdiction of the department. When reviewing such a request, the department or the transportation review advisory council shall consider whether the proposal promotes farmland preservation and efforts to control urban sprawl.

Cite as R.C. § 5512.10

Effective Date: 06-30-1999