(A) The process of adopting township access management regulations provided for in division (A) of section 5552.02 of the Revised Code may be initiated in any of the following ways:
(1) The board of township trustees may adopt a resolution proposing the consideration of access management regulations on its own initiative.
(2) The board of township trustees shall adopt a resolution proposing the consideration of access management regulations if the county engineer certifies to the board a written request for the board to do so.
(B) Upon adoption of a resolution proposing the consideration of access management regulations under division (A) of this section, the board of township trustees shall request the county engineer to draft proposed regulations. The engineer shall prepare proposed regulations and, when they are complete, send a copy of them to each member of the advisory committee appointed under division (C) of this section along with a notice of the time and place of the first meeting of the advisory committee. That meeting shall take place within thirty days after the completion of the engineer's proposed regulations.
(C) Upon adoption of a resolution under division (A) of this section, the board of township trustees shall establish an advisory committee to review the county engineer's proposed regulations prepared under division (B) of this section. The board shall appoint to the committee the county engineer or the engineer's designee, a registered surveyor in private practice, a representative of the homebuilding industry, a licensed realtor, a representative of a county or regional planning commission with jurisdiction in the county, a professional engineer with expertise in traffic engineering, a representative of the metropolitan planning organization, where applicable, three residents of the township, and any other person the board chooses to appoint.
At its initial meeting held as provided in the notice sent by the county engineer under division (B) of this section, the advisory committee shall elect one member to serve as the chairperson of the committee. Within two hundred seventy days after that initial meeting, the advisory committee shall provide the board of township trustees with a copy of the engineer's proposed regulations, the committee's recommendations about each of the proposed regulations, and any other recommendations about the access management regulations the committee considers appropriate.
(D) Upon receiving the advisory committee's recommendations under division (C) of this section, the board of township trustees shall hold hearings as provided in section 5552.06 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 10-24-2002