Draft Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

Background

On June 20, 2007, the Access Board issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish accessibility guidelines pursuant to the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, outdoor recreation access routes, trails, and beach access routes that are constructed or altered by or on behalf of the Federal government.  The NPRM was based on a Regulatory Negotiation Committee Report.

Public hearings on the NPRM were held in Denver, CO on July 24, 2007; in Washington, DC on September 6, 2007; and in Indianapolis, IN on September 26, 2007.  An information meeting on beach access routes was also held in Washington, DC on July 23, 2008.  Over 600 comments were received on the NPRM.

The Access Board prepared a draft of the final accessibility guidelines based on the NPRM and the comments on the NPRM.  The Access Board reviewed the draft final accessibility guidelines with the accessibility program managers for the Federal land management agencies.  The Access Board is making the draft final accessibility guidelines available for public review to provide an additional opportunity for other interested persons to participate in the rulemaking and comment on the document.  After reviewing comments received on the draft final accessibility guidelines, the Access Board will proceed to issue the accessibility guidelines as a final rule.

Whom the Guidelines Apply To

The draft final accessibility guidelines apply to Federal land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Army Corps of Engineers.  The draft final accessibility guidelines also apply to the following non-federal entities that construct or alter facilities on Federal lands on behalf of the Federal government:

  • Private entities that construct or alter camping facilities, picnic facilities, or beach facilities on Federal lands pursuant to a concession contract or other arrangement with a Federal agency under which the Federal agency reviews or approves the design of the facility and has a property interest in the facility;
  • State or local government entities that construct or alter camping facilities, picnic facilities, or beach facilities on Federal lands pursuant to an agreement with a Federal agency under which the Federal agency reviews or approves the design of the facility and has a property interest in the facility; and
  • Non-profit organizations and State or local government entities that enter into partnerships with a Federal agency to construct or alter trails or viewing areas on Federal lands.

How to Submit Comments

Comments should be submitted by December 18th, 2009 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions on that website for submitting comments.  The Regulations.gov ID for this docket is ATBCB-2009-0006.
  • E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Fax:  202-272-0081.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier:  Office of Technical and Informational Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW, suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

Contact for Further Information

Bill Botten, Office of Technical and Information Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street, NW, suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Telephone number: 202-272-0014 (voice); 202-272-0082 (TTY). Electronic mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .