2017 ORS 376.190¹
Responsibility for maintenance of way of necessity
  • alteration limited

(1) A way of necessity that is established under ORS 376.150 (Definitions for ORS 376.150 to 376.200) to 376.200 (Transfer of jurisdiction over establishment of ways of necessity to circuit court) shall be maintained and kept passable by the person owning the land for which the way of necessity is established. This subsection does not require the person to provide for maintenance of the way of necessity for uses or persons not specifically provided in the order establishing the way of necessity.

(2) A way of necessity established under ORS 376.150 (Definitions for ORS 376.150 to 376.200) to 376.200 (Transfer of jurisdiction over establishment of ways of necessity to circuit court) shall not be altered or vacated except by the governing body of the county in which it is located and in a manner provided by law for the alteration or vacation of a public road.

(3) No county shall be required to work, improve, maintain or repair a way of necessity. [1979 c.862 §8; 1991 c.936 §5]

Notes of Decisions

Way of necessity may not be es­tab­lished if peti­tioner could acquire ease­ment for access to public road through other legal ac­tion. Chambers v. Disney, 65 Or App 684, 672 P2d 711 (1983)

Way of necessity created under these sec­tions must be open to public and, so construed, sec­tions do not violate article I, sec­tion 18 of Oregon Constitu­tion. Chapman v. Perron, 69 Or App 445, 685 P2d 492 (1984)

Where peti­tioner’s land does not abut highway, ORS 376.180 (Conditions for way of necessity) requires peti­tioners to show they lack ease­ment so as to show need for way of necessity. Witten v. Murphy, 71 Or App 511, 692 P2d 715 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Under these sec­tions, if peti­tioners have existing enforceable access to public road, they are not entitled to way of necessity, notwithstanding whether such access is reasonable. Pike v. Wyllie, 100 Or App 120, 785 P2d 764 (1990), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 376—Ways of Necessity; Special Ways; Pedestrian Malls, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors376.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 376, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano376.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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