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Ordinances and Applications; Policies, Standards, and Procedures; Asset Management Plan; Transportation System Plan; Other Documents & External Resources

Tillamook County Title VI Plan  and Tillamook County Title VI Policy Statement

Hard copies of the following documents can be obtained through the Public Works office.  All documents are in the PDF format. 

Ordinances and Applications

For more county ordinances, please visit the Tillamook Board of County Commissioners' website.

Ordinance No. 04  - Solid Waste Ordinance
This ordinance addresses the solid waste related matters including county Transfer Stations, franchise garbage haulers, and solid waste nuisances.

Ordinance No. 16 - County Road Acceptance Ordinance
The are two types of public roads: Local Access Roads and County Maintained Roads.  County Maintained Roads must meet the standards in this ordinance and be formally accepted by the Tillamook Board of County Commissioners. Local Access Roads are all other County jurisdiction right of ways.

Ordinance No. 20 - Road Use Ordinance
This an ordinance establishing weight and load limitations on certain county roads, restricting types of traffic on certain county roads, providing for permits and exceptions. 

Ordinance No. 28 - Utility Ordinance
This ordinance covers the permit process and standards relating to utilities and related operations in public road right of ways.  Utility Permit Applications are signed by the utility company representative and contractor doing the work (if not the same). The completed application and situs map of the proposed work is submitted to the Public Works office for processing.  Utility Permit Application For operations within the county road right-of-way other than major utilities use the Non-Utility Application form

Ordinance No. 33 - Parking Regulations Ordinance

 Parking Regulations on County-owned Land; Making Provision for Towaway and Impoundment; Providing Penalties


Ordinance No. 37 - Road Naming and Renaming Ordinance
This ordinance covers the road naming process separate from roads created through the Land Division Ordinance. It is administered by the Department of Community Development and a hard copy can be obtained from their office.

Ordinance No. 44 - Road Approach Ordinance
This ordinance covers the permit process and standards for road approaches to public road right of way.  Please review the procedures and standards of the Ordinance prior to submitting an application.  There is a fee of $583 and if extra visits are required, there is a $25 charge per extra visit.  (Please make checks out to "Tillamook Road County Department" - credit cards are not accepted.Road Approach Permit Application

Ordinance No. 46 - Business Sign Guide Ordinance
This ordinance covers the permit process and standards for approved business guide signs. Only signs authorized by Tillamook County are allowed in public road right of ways.  For businesses that wish to have a sign placed in the public right of way, they must fill out an application and submit it to the Public Works office for consideration.  Business Guide Sign Permit Application 

Ordinance No. 55 - Public Road Improvement Ordinance
This ordinance covers the permit process and standards for improvement of underdeveloped or unimproved platted public road right of ways.

Resolution 99-019 - Mailboxes in Public County Right of Way's

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Asset Management Plan:   Tillamook County’s road network is the county government’s most valuable physical asset. In 2008, the replacement value of the 374 miles of county roads was estimated as $304 million. The County transportation network has been under funded for years and the condition of county roads is declining. County roads have been rated by technical experts as the worst in Oregon. An additional $37.5 million is needed to bring paved rods, bridges and guardrails to good condition. Recurring natural disasters have added to the burden of providing safe roads and bridges in Tillamook County, the key to the county’s businesses and economy, and safe passage of the citizens in Tillamook County to schools, hospitals and residences. Emergency management activities expenditures were $761,000 in 2008. This is a 125% increase from 2007 to 2008.

Concerned about the declining condition of county roads and bridges the Board of County Commissioners authorized the Road Department to document the condition and value of County road assets, and identify the risks that must be managed in the County. This approach, known as asset management, helps target available road dollars so that the greatest risks are managed for the least cost.    

The Board of Commissioners adopted the asset management policy with Board Order #09-054 that commits the County Board to implement this systematic asset management methodology in managing the county transportation network. This will influence how all road assets are managed, road assets planned and financial options identified. Tillamook County’s move to embrace this management philosophy has brought state, national and international recognition to the Public Works Department. Asset management is recognized in the U.S. and other countries as the best way to minimize long term costs and improve the stewardship of County transportation network.  

There are four reports that came out of this process,

Road Asset Management Plan; Risk Management Plan; Asset Management Project - Readiness Assessment;

2008 Road Performance Report;  

2009 Road Performance Report;  2009 Road Handout

2010 Road Performance Report;  2010 Road Handout;  2010 Risk Management Plan

2011 Road Performance Report;  2011 Road Handout  

2012 Road Handout  

2013 Road Buildings; Road Drainage; Roadways and Traffic Structures; Vehicles & Equipment;  Road Summary

2014 Road Performance Report; Road Department Briefing to the Board;

2015 Road Performance Report; Road Department Briefing to the Board;

2016 Road Performance Report; Road Risk Sheets  Road Handout;

2017 AMP 2017 Report; Road Handout

Policies, Standards, and Procedures

Access Verification Policy
This policy has been unchanged since its creation in 1996.  As designated in the Tillamook County Land Division Ordinance, Public Works is the department that reviews road issues related to major partitions and subdivisions (private or public roads).  If a pending subdivision or major partition has off-site access through land owned by others than the applicant, Public Works may require verification that the applicant has legal authority or permission to access over said land.  When required, this policy outlines needed information.  Board Order detailing fee schedule change effective 11-30-11

Adopt-A-Road Policy
For citizens or groups that are interested, Public Works runs an Adopt-A-Road program. It is a small scale program and has been running for a short time now.

Community Involvement in Paving Public Roads
These policy letters set forth related policies and procedures and included Local Improvement Districts.

Crash Victim Memorial Signing Policy
This policy is regarding the implementation of the Road Crash Victim Memorial Signing Program on roads under county jurisdiction.

Encroachment Within the Right-of-Way License Policy
Occasionally a property owner adjacent to a public road feels that they have a situation where requesting permission to place a structure or feature in a public right-of-way may be justified.  This document outlines the criteria and review process for considering a right of way encroachment license request.  Board Order detailing fee schedule change effective 11-30-11

Fencing and Other Improvements on County Road Rights of Way
This policy was adopted by Board Order #05-104 on 10/12/05. It provides clear direction to both staff and the public regarding features in a public road right of way such as fences, mail boxes, landscaping and retaining walls.

Fish Passage Culvert Replacement Policy
This policy was developed as a result of the growing number of requested culvert replacements related to enhancement of fish passage.

Public Road Improvement Policy
This policy was developed by the Road Department staff to augment the ordinance and provide clarifications. This document evolves when appropriate input is received at Public Works from users. Users are encouraged to check the date of this policy periodically.
Contents include:
Director's Cover Letter for the Public Road Improvement Policy
Appendix ASummary flowchart of Ordinance process - This chart is most effectively viewed by the increased magnification of your Adobe Reader or by enlarging the printed chart on a photocopier.
Appendix BConstruction Plans Standards - This appendix is applicable to existing public right of ways, land use tentative plats (proposed public or private easements), and other roadway plans submitted to the Road Department for review and approval.  It is designed to be a stand-alone reference document.
    The following enclosures are included with Appendix B
    Enclosure 1:  Standard Roadway Section
    Enclosure 2:  Minimum Roadway Section
    Enclosure 3:  Single Lane Roads, Road Islands (private roads only)
    Enclosure 4:  Road Sign Guidelines
Appendix CImprovement Agreement Process - The improvement agreement process and sample are generally applicable to the tentative plat bonding process authorized by the Tillamook County Land Division Ordinance (executed by the Department of Community Development with road related details implemented through the Road Department)
Appendix DDraft Improvement Agreement and Assignment of Funds
Application for Public Road Improvement (prospective applicants are highly encouraged to pre-coordinate with the Road Department prior to submission of an application).

Road Closure Procedures
This document outlines procedures for requesting permission to close a public road and the parties that must be notified of an approved closure in advance of the closure.

Road Construction Plan Standards
Also known as "Appendix B" of the Public Road Improvement Ordinance for any road improvement plans submitted to the Road Department for review.

Road Vacation Information Letter   Road vacations of right of ways under County jurisdiction are governed by Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 368.326-426). Summary chart of the road vacation process.  Board Order detailing fee schedule change effective 01-01-09

Road Department Participation in Major Partition or Subdivision Tentative Plat Process
The Tillamook County Land Division Ordinance (LDO) is implemented by the Department of Community Development (DCD). The LDO tasks the Road Department to verify that all roads in new subdivisions and major partitions are constructed consistent with County standards. In addition to roads, the Road Department also reviews drainage in terms of impacts to, from and within the roadways. Design standards are based on AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) coupled with in minimum requirements for emergency services. This document is a Summary of how the Road Department participates in the Land Division Ordinance process and the standards by which applications and plans are reviewed.  Board Order detailing fee schedule

Sign Request Policy
Tillamook County Road Department often receives road signing requests. The purposes of this signing policy is to outline procedures for handling various types of signing requests in County right of ways.

Temporary Banner Placement Policy
Tillamook County acknowledges that there may be periodic requests for placement of banners either across or in public right of ways for short term public events within communities and this document addresses those issues.

Tillamook County Title VI Policy Plan;    Tillamook County Title VI Policy Statement

Tree Removal and Trimming Policy
This policy deals with trees issues within the county road right-of-way.

Vegetation Management Policy 
This order deals with vegetation management on the county road right-of-way.  If you have any questions, please call Mike Wiynands at 503-812-0141.  If you would like to maintain the County Road fronting your property, a No Spray agreement would need to be completed. 

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Other Documents & External Resources

A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 1990 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. (also known as the "AASHTO Manual") is the commonly recognized resource and standard for road design standards most civil engineers dealing with roadway design. Through incorporation by reference in the Land Division Ordinance and the Public Road Improvement Ordinance, it is the County's basic road design standard. Local fire department access standards reflect the minimum road standard which have precedence over AASHTO standards where appropriate.

AASHTO Handout  
There is no substitute for using the actual AASHTO 'Manual', however the Road Department developed a summary paper outlining the basic steps in using the AASHTO Manual to work out road standards for a proposed residential development. Using this handout can serve as a preliminary guide to establishing the standards that may apply to a proposed development. Obviously, related procedures and requirements in respective County Ordinances may impact the final design. Final roadway designs will be designed by a Professional Engineer. This is a five page handout with an appendix. The handout references relevant portions of the AASHTO Manual along with Appendix III of the Tillamook Fire Department Uniform Fire Code Access Requirements (see below).  The AASHTO handout also outlines the basic minimum vehicle configuration that roads are designed for.

Consultant Work Requirements
For Requests for Proposals for engineering services, this documents outlines likely tasks for project development that a consultant firm may be required to perform. It is not all inclusive nor is it necessarily applicable to all projects. It serves as a guideline for development of task lists for hired consultant project work. It is a working list so contents are subject to change.

County Authorization to Fill Permit
. This document is only authorization for the Tillamook County Road Department to enter private property for the purpose of dumping authorized fill.  This document is not authorization for the Road Department or any other party to place unauthorized fill in a wetlands or a floodplain. Any such action requires appropriate approval(s) from the Tillamook County Department of Community Development, Oregon Division of State Lands and/or Corps of Engineers.

Oregon Standard Specifications For Construction
County developed Requests For Proposals (RFP) for design consultants and Invitation to Bids (ITB) for contractors utilize the Oregon Standard Specifications For Construction developed by ODOT. It is incorporated by reference into most County plans and specifications. ITB General Conditions modify the portions of above Specifications to address unique County policies and situations. An online version of the Oregon Standard Specifications For Construction is available on the ODOT web site.

Oversize Vehicles
The County provides a copy of our critical bridges to the ODOT Over Dimensional Permit Unit at their request. ODOT is planning on posting this information on the ODOT web site. This document references the County Oversize Load Rolling Stop Policy .

Tillamook County Fire Defense Board Residential Development Road Access Guidelines
(based on the adopted Oregon Fire Code)  Oregon Fire Code Chapter 5 and Appendix D establish minimum road design standards above and beyond AASHTO standards. These local guidelines were updated 4/21/05 by the Fire Defense Board. The state code was adopted 10/1/04.

Tillamook County 2016 AOC Spring Summit

ODOT PowerPoint


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