PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Transfer and clarification of Washington Administrative Code sections for route jurisdiction transfer from transportation improvement board (chapters 479-210 and 479-216 WAC) to transportation commission.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 260, Laws of 2009.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Route jurisdiction transfers add, delete, or make other changes to the state highway system. Review of a request typically requires a small study, notice to affected parties, including the state, one or more counties, and potentially one or more cities. Sometimes a public hearing is scheduled based on local interest. The rules provide guidelines for interpreting and applying the statutory criteria to specific routes.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The commission has met several times with the executive director of the transportation improvement board to understand the current process for reviewing and making recommendations on proposed route jurisdiction transfers.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; and meet with transportation improvement board staff, and seek input from state, county and city staff, prior to determine [determining] which sections of existing rule may benefit from clarification and/or elaboration.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Reema Griffith, executive director, Washington state transportation commission, (360) 705-7070, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 18, 2009