2011 ORS § 537.622¹
Contested case hearing
  • parties
  • issues

(1) Within 45 days after the Water Resources Director schedules a contested case hearing under ORS 537.621 (Review of application) (9), the Water Resources Department shall hold the contested case hearing. The issues to be considered in the contested case hearing shall be limited to issues identified by the administrative law judge.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS chapter 183 pertaining to contested case proceedings, the parties to any contested case hearing initiated under this section shall be limited to:

(a) The applicant;

(b) Any person who timely filed a protest; and

(c) Any person who timely filed a request for standing under ORS 537.621 (Review of application) (6) and who requests to intervene in the contested case hearing prior to the start of the proceeding.

(3) The contested case proceeding shall be conducted in accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183 except:

(a) As provided in subsections (1) and (2) of this section; and

(b) An interlocutory appeal under ORS 183.480 (Judicial review of agency orders) (3) shall not be allowed.

(4) Each person submitting a protest or a request for standing shall raise all reasonably ascertainable issues and submit all reasonably available arguments supporting the persons position by the close of the protest period. Failure to raise a reasonably ascertainable issue in a protest or in a hearing or failure to provide sufficient specificity to afford the Water Resources Department an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes judicial review based on that issue. [1957 c.341 §2; 1983 c.740 §213; 1985 c.673 §56; 1995 c.416 §27; 2003 c.75 §97]