Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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§ 203-27 Purpose.

A. 
These districts recognize that in Hamilton Township there are undisturbed forested portions of the Pinelands Protection Area which support characteristic Pinelands plant and animal species. These areas are an essential element of the Pinelands environment and are very sensitive to random and uncontrolled development. Some parts of these districts are more suitable for development than others if such development proceeds in accordance with strict environmental performance standards.
B. 
Essentially, therefore, the Forest Areas of Hamilton Township represent a land mass most sensitive to intensive development. Accordingly, the controls set forth are designed to recognize the fundamental forest-like characteristics of these areas.
C. 
Within the forest area of Hamilton Township, the following zoning districts have been established:
FA-10
FA-25
FA-70
D. 
In the FA-10, FA-25 and FA-70 Districts, clustering of single-family detached dwellings in accordance with § 203-196.1 shall be required whenever two or more units are proposed as part of a residential development.
[Added 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 1722-2012]

§ 203-28 Permitted, accessory and conditional uses.

[Amended 11-20-1989 by Ord. No. 1014-89; 5-17-1993 by Ord. No. 1148-93; 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 1261-97; 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 1722-2012]
A building or land in the Forest Area Districts shall be used only for the following purposes:
A. 
Permitted uses shall be as follows:
Districts
Use
FA-10
FA-25
FA-70
Agricultural commercial establishments
X
X
X
Agriculture*
X
X
X
Agriculture-related employee housing
X
X
X
Campgrounds (See § 203-34.)
X
X
X
Forestry (See § 203-174.)
X
X
X
Home occupations
X
X
X
Low-intensity recreation, including sportmen's clubs and lodges
X
X
X
Places of worship (See § 203-177.)
X
X
X
Schools (See § 203-180.)
X
X
X
Clustered residential development (See § 203-196.1.)
X
X
X
Single-family residential on existing lots of record (See also Article XVI, § 203-202, and Article XV, § 203-193.)
X
X
X
NOTES:
A.
Agricultural activities carried out in the Forest District, such as livestock raising for commercial purposes, where the conditions inherent to the use may exert a negative impact to surrounding lands uses, shall be organized and oriented so as to:
(1)
Maintain a minimum fifty-foot side yard from any contiguous property line.
(2)
Maintain barns, corrals, etc., in a manner to minimize odor and breeding places for insects.
B.
Such uses shall be limited to a minimum lot size of 20 acres.
B. 
Accessory uses shall be as follows:
Districts
Use
FA-10
FA-25
FA-70
Farm buildings and garages
X
X
X
Home personal offices
X
X
X
Swimming pools serving as accessory uses to permitted residential dwelling units (See § 203-178. )
X
X
X
Utility sheds, greenhouses, pool houses for residential pools, etc.
X
X
X
C. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
Districts
Use
FA-10
FA-25
FA-70
Nonclustered single-family residential (See § 203-34.1.)
X
X
X

§ 203-29 Area and bulk requirements; exceptions.

A. 
Area and bulk requirements shall be as follows:
Districts
Requirement
FA-10
FA-25
FA-70
Maximum height
Principal structure
Stories
2 1/2
2 1/2
2 1/2
Feet
35
35
35
Accessory structure
Stories
1 1/2
1 1/2
1 1/2
Feet
15
15
15
Lot requirements
Minimum total lot area
(acres)e
10
25
70
Minimum lot frontage (feet)
200
500
600
Maximum lot coverage
1.26%
0.6%
0.21%
[Amended 8-17-1992 by Ord. No. 1127-92]
(5,500 square feet)
(6,500 square feet)
(6,500 square feet)
Maximum impermeable surface
[Added 8-17-1992 by Ord. No. 1127-92]
1.26%
0.6%
0.21%
Minimum yard requirementsc
Principal structure
Front yard setback (feet)d
200
200
200
Side yard setback (feet)
120 aggregate, minimum 50 on 1 side
350 aggregate, minimum 150 on 1 side
400 aggregate, minimum 200 on 1 side
Rear yard setback (feet)d
200
400
500
Accessory structures
Front yard setback
No accessory uses permitted in front yard areas
Side yard setback (feet)
25
50
50
Rear yard setback (feet)
25
50
50
NOTES:
a
The height limits in this article shall not apply to church spires, belfries, chimneys, flues and farm silos, provided that:
A.
The aggregate area covered by all such features, except agricultural structures, shall not exceed 20% of the total roof areas.
B.
The height of such features shall not be 25 feet above roof level.
b
Projections into yards by porches, balconies, stairs and canopies shall be limited to 12 feet or the building setback line, whichever is less, in side or rear yard areas, and six feet or the building setback line, whichever is less, in front yard areas. Bay window projections into front and rear yards shall be limited to three feet and in side yards shall be limited to two feet. The length of such window(s) shall not exceed, in total, 30% of the exterior wall of which they are located.
c
See Article XV, Special Regulations, § 203-181, Setback standards for Pinelands-designated scenic corridors, for exceptions.
d
A.
The following yard setback requirements shall apply only to developments existing at the time of passage of this chapter in those portions of Indian Branch Park and Cherry Lane Estates listed below.
(1)
Front yard: 30 feet.
(2)
Side yard: 10 feet (each side).
(3)
Rear yard: 25 feet.
B.
Indian Branch park
Block 46, lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Block 47, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21
Block 48, lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Block 49, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Block 50, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
Block 54, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
Block 55, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Block 53, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 35
Block 57, lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
C.
Cherry Lane Estates.
Block 208, lots 1.01 through 2, 3.02 through 3.24 and 4 through 6 Block 209, lots 1 through 34, 36 and 37
e
Notwithstanding the minimum lot areas set forth in Subsection A under lot requirements, no such minimum lot area for a nonresidential use in the FA-10, FA-25 or FA-70 District shall be less than that needed to meet the water quality standards of Article XV, § 203-186B(4), whether or not the lot may be served by a centralized sewer treatment or collection system.
f
Excluding barns and other related farm buildings, which may be as high as 35 feet.
[Added 10-1-2012 by Ord. No. 1728-2012]
B. 
Exceptions to front yard and side yard setback requirements for principal and accessory structures shall be as follows:
(1) 
In the Forest Area District, Rural Development Districts and Agricultural Districts, where the parcel of land existed as a conforming lot prior to February 7, 1979, the parcel is not contiguous to other vacant lot(s) in the same ownership and the lot is an undersized lot of record in respect to the one in which it is located, a single-family residential structure may be expanded or enlarged and accessory structures may be constructed, expanded or enlarged as long as the following front yard and side yard setbacks will be maintained:
[Amended 11-19-2007 by Ord. No. 1613-2007]
(a) 
For lots equal to or less than 2.5 acres, the standards of RD-1 shall apply.
(b) 
For lots equal to or less than four acres but not less than 2.5 acres, the standards of RD-2.5 shall apply.
(c) 
For lots equal to or less than five acres but not less than four acres, the standards of RD-4 shall apply.
(d) 
For lots equal to or less than 10 acres but not less than five acres, the standards of RD-4 shall apply.

§ 203-30 Off-street on-site parking.

A. 
Off-street parking: See § 203-60.
[Amended 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 1261-97]
B. 
Driveways leading into such facilities shall be clearly marked with the identification of the dwelling to allow easy identification and entry in the event of an emergency.

§ 203-31 Landscaping.

A. 
For new uses in existing cleared areas, the planting requirements for Article XI, Planned Adult Communities, § 203-98B, shall be used.
B. 
All new permanent plantings shall consist of appropriate native vegetation species. (NOTE: Excludes annual flowers.) (See § 203-185, Vegetation removal and fire management.)
C. 
The site plans or major subdivision plans filed with the township shall include a landscape plan identifying areas to be cleared and planted and areas where existing vegetation is to be preserved. The location of proposed plants shall be drawn to scale at maturity and keyed to a plant list. The plant list shall indicate the quantity, botanical and common name, size at installation and root condition (bare root, balled and burlapped) container (including size) for each proposed species along with a schedule for planting. The landscape portion of the application shall also include applicable planting details, cost estimates and pertinent maintenance schedule.
[Amended 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 1261-97]
D. 
Standards for vegetation removal and fire management are enclosed as § 203-185.

§ 203-32 Lighting.

[Amended 7-7-1997 by Ord. No. 1261-97]
All lighting for any structure shall be installed so as to preclude any glare or interference upon any surrounding land use or roadway. All lighting shall conform to the requirements as set forth within § 203-167B.

§ 203-33 Signs.

Controls for the placement of signs in any FA District shall be those set forth in Article XIII, § 203-143, Regulations for residential districts.

§ 203-34 Minimum standards for campgrounds.

A. 
The purpose of this section is to regulate the location and development of campgrounds in Hamilton Township and to ensure that all applicable state and local health standards are met prior to commencement of any operation of any campground.
B. 
Compliance. Applicants must comply with the requirements of this section, the New Jersey State Sanitary Code and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, whichever is more restrictive.
C. 
Area, yard and bulk requirements shall be as follows:
(1) 
Minimum area:
(a) 
Campgrounds: minimum site size, 50 acres.
(b) 
Campsites: 900 square feet (includes parking).
(2) 
Maximum density:
(a) 
Gross: one campsite per acre.
[Amended 8-4-1997 by Ord. No. 1280-97]
(b) 
Net, if clustered: 10 campsites per acre.
(3) 
Setbacks:
(a) 
Front yard: 200 feet.
(b) 
Side yard: 100 feet.
(c) 
Rear yard: 100 feet.
D. 
All campsites shall be required to have pool and community building space proportionate to the projected user population.
E. 
Buffer controls established in buffer landscaping requirements shall apply.
F. 
All applicable regulations expressed in this chapter and in the district in which the use is permitted shall apply.
G. 
Off-street, on-site parking. There shall be at least two off-street parking spaces per campsite, with at least one of these spaces in a consolidated parking facility for visitors and campers.

§ 203-34.1 Nonclustered single-family residential development.

[Added 6-18-2012 by Ord. No. 1722-2012]
A. 
Single-family detached dwellings which are not clustered in accordance with the standards of § 203-196.1 may be permitted as a conditional use in the FA-10, FA-25 and FA-70 Districts, provided that:
(1) 
The Planning Board finds that:
(a) 
Clustering of the proposed dwellings would be inconsistent with the minimum environmental standards set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:50-6; or
(b) 
Clustering of the proposed dwellings would disrupt the contiguity of the forest ecosystem to a greater degree than nonclustered development.
(2) 
Minimum lot area and bulk requirements shall be consistent with those set forth in § 203-29.