Township of Oxford, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council (now Township Committee) of the Township of Oxford 12-29-1978 by Ord. No. 78-16 (Ch. 78 of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use procedures – See Ch. 51.
Affordable housing – See Ch. 100.
Building and lot numbering – See Ch. 133.
Driveways – See Ch. 164.
Mobile home parks and campgrounds – See Ch. 213.
Off-tract improvements – See Ch. 226.
Sewers – See Ch. 260.
Soil conservation and protection – See Ch. 271.
Stormwater management – See Ch. 285.
Streets and sidewalks – See Ch. 294.
Subdivision of land – See Ch. 298.
Zoning – See Ch. 240.

§ 265-1 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Oxford Township Site Plan Review Ordinance of 1978."

§ 265-2 Definitions.

A. 
The following words or terms shall have the meanings indicated where used herein:
BOARD
The Land Use Board of Oxford Township.
CONVENTIONAL
Development other than planned development.
DEVELOPER
The legal or beneficial owner or owners of a lot or any land proposed to be included in a proposed development, including the holder of an option or contract of purchase, or other person having an enforceable proprietary interest in such land.
DEVELOPMENT
The division of a parcel of land into two or more parcels; the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation or enlargement of any building or other structure or of any mining, excavation or landfill.
[Amended 9-17-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-12]
GUARANTY
Any security which may be accepted by the Municipality, provided that a municipality shall not require more than 10% of the total performance guaranty in cash.
MINOR SITE PLAN
The development plan of a single lot which proposes new development within the scope of development specifically permitted by this chapter as a minor site plan; does not involve planned development, any new street or extension of any off-tract improvement which is to be prorated pursuant to this chapter; contains the information reasonably required in order to make an informed determination as to whether the requirements established by this chapter for approval of a minor site plan have been met; involves no variances; and shall be limited to the following classes of development:
[Added 7-17-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]
(1) 
A change in use involving no building construction other than interior modification or interior structural alteration and no additional off-street parking.
(2) 
Minor exterior or structural changes, such as entry enclosures, porches, decks and other structural appurtenances, including roof appurtenances.
(3) 
Building additions not exceeding 500 square feet in building coverage or 25% of existing building coverage, whichever is greater, and accessory structures not exceeding 500 square feet in lot coverage, provided that the same do not invade upon any required parking area, setback area or otherwise violate any requirements of this chapter.
ON TRACT
Located on the property which is the subject of a development application or on a contiguous portion of a street or right-of-way.
PLANNED DEVELOPMENT
Planned unit development, planned unit residential development, residential cluster, planned commercial development or planned industrial development.
SITE PLAN
A development plan of one or more lots on which is shown:
(1) 
The existing and proposed conditions of the lot, including but not necessarily limited to topography, vegetation, drainage, floodplains, marshes and waterways.
(2) 
The location of all existing and proposed buildings, drives, parking spaces, walkways, means of ingress and egress, drainage facilities, utility services, landscaping, structures, signs, lighting and screening devices.
(3) 
Any other information that may be reasonably required in order to make an informed determination pursuant to this chapter requiring review and approval of site plans.
B. 
Terms and words not defined herein but defined in Chapter 340, Zoning, or Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, shall have, for the purposes of this chapter, the meanings given them in Chapter 340, Zoning, or Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, as the same now reads or may be amended. Terms and words not defined herein nor in Chapter 340, Zoning, or Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, shall have the meanings given them in the Municipal Land Use Law, and its amendments and supplements thereto.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.

§ 265-3 Minor site plan.

[Added 7-17-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-10]
A. 
A minor site plan shall not require notice.
B. 
Minor site plan approval shall be granted or denied within 45 days of the date of submission of a complete application to the administrative officer or within such further time as may be consented to by the applicant. Failure of the Land Use Board to act within the period prescribed shall constitute minor site plan approval.
C. 
Whenever review or approval of the application by the Warren County Planning Board is required by N.J.S.A. 40:27-6.6, the Township Land Use Board shall condition any approval that it grants upon timely receipt of a favorable report on the application by the County Planning Board or approval by the County Planning Board by its failure to report thereon within the required time period.
D. 
The zoning requirements and general terms and conditions, whether conditional or otherwise, upon which minor site plan approval was granted shall not be changed for a period of two years after the date of minor site plan approval. The Land Use Board shall grant an extension of this period as determined by the Board, but not exceeding one year from what would otherwise be the expiration date, if the developer proves to the reasonable satisfaction of the Board that the developer was barred or prevented, directly or indirectly, from proceeding with the development because of delays in obtaining legally required approvals from other governmental entities and that the developer applied promptly for and diligently pursued the approvals.

§ 265-4 Site plan review required; exemption.

Site plan review and approval shall be required as a condition for the issuance of a permit for any development, except that individual lot applications for detached one- or two-dwelling-unit buildings which are part of a minor subdivision shall be exempt from site plan approval.

§ 265-5 Development staging.

In the case of a site plan for a development which proposes construction over a period of years, the developer shall plan proposed stages so as to protect the interests of the public and of the residents, occupants and owners of the proposed development during the total completion of the development.

§ 265-6 Taxes, assessments and ownership disclosure.

A. 
As a condition for site plan approval, the developer shall submit proof from the Oxford Township Tax Collector or other designated official that no taxes or assessments for local improvements are due or delinquent on the property for which the site plan application is made.
B. 
As a condition of site plan approval for a site to be used for commercial purposes, the applicant, where such is a corporation or partnership, shall submit as part of its application a list of all stockholders or individual partners owning at least 10% of its stock or at least 10% of the interest in the partnership, as the case may be, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-48.1, plus, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-48.2, if applicable, a list of all stockholders or individual partners owning at least 10% of the stock or partnership interest in a corporation or partnership subject to disclosure pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-48.1.

§ 265-7 Preliminary site plan approval.

A. 
The developer shall submit to the Township Engineer eight copies of a site plan, including the information required by § 265-11C, together with eight copies of a completed application form, and an application fee and a review and inspection fee computed in accordance with Schedule I, Fees, located at the end of Chapter 51, Land Use Procedures. Upon receipt of the application and review and inspection fees, they shall immediately be forwarded to the Oxford Township Clerk.
B. 
The Township Engineer shall review the submittal to determine if it is complete; and, if it is complete and if found to be so, he shall promptly forward seven copies of the site plan and application form to the Secretary of the Board, who shall retain four copies of each and distribute the remaining three copies to the Board Attorney, the Township Zoning Officer and the Board Chairman.
C. 
If the application for development is found to be incomplete, the developer shall be notified thereof by the Township Engineer within 45 days of submission of the application to the Township Engineer, or it shall be deemed to be properly submitted.
D. 
Upon determining that the application has been properly submitted, the Township Engineer shall prepare and submit a report to the Land Use Board.
E. 
A hearing shall be scheduled and held not less than 10 days prior to the date that the Board is required to act pursuant to the terms of this chapter or the Municipal Land Use Law, including any extensions of time as may be consented to by the developer.
F. 
Notice of a hearing for the preliminary site plan review shall be given pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-11 and 40:55D-12), and its amendments and supplements thereto.
[Amended 8-17-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-15]
G. 
If the Board requires any substantial amendment in the layout of improvements proposed by the developer that may have been the subject of a hearing, an amended application for development shall be submitted and proceeded upon as in the case of the original application for development.
H. 
Upon submission of the complete application for a site plan for 10 acres of land or less, and 10 dwelling units or less, the Land Use Board shall grant or deny preliminary approval within 45 days of the date of such submission or within such further time as may be consented to by the developer. Upon the submission of a complete application for a site plan for more than 10 acres or more than 10 dwelling units, the Land Use Board shall grant or deny preliminary approval within 95 days of the date of such submission or within such further time as may be consented to by the developer. Otherwise, the Land Use Board shall be deemed to have granted preliminary approval of the site plan. In the case of the Land Use Board acting as a Board of Adjustment in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq., it shall grant or deny approval of a preliminary site plan within 120 days after submission by a developer of a complete application to the Township Engineer or within such further time as may be consented to by the applicant. Failure of the Land Use Board to act within the period prescribed shall constitute approval of the application. Where the Land Use Board considers an application for a conditional use, its review shall include any required preliminary site plan review, and the time required for action by the Land Use Board on the conditional use application shall apply to preliminary site plan review.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
I. 
Preliminary approval of a site plan shall confer upon the applicant the rights set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-49 for a period of three years, except as provided in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-49d for an area of 50 acres or more.

§ 265-8 Final site plan review.

A. 
Subsequent to preliminary site plan approval, the developer shall submit to the Township Engineer eight copies of a site plan, including the information required by § 265-11D, together with eight copies of the completed application. A stormwater management plan shall be filed as part of this application, pursuant to Chapter 285, Stormwater Management.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The Township Engineer shall review the submittal to determine if it is complete; and, if it is complete and if found to be so, he shall promptly forward seven copies of the site plan and application form to the Secretary of the Board, who shall retain four copies of each and distribute the remaining three copies to the Board Attorney, the Township Zoning Officer and the Board Chairman.
C. 
If the application for development is found to be incomplete, the developer shall be notified thereof by the Township Engineer within 45 days of submission of the application to the Township Engineer, or it shall be deemed to be properly submitted.
D. 
Final approval of the site plan shall be granted if the detailed drawings, specifications and estimates of the application for final approval conform to the standards established by this chapter for final approval and the conditions of preliminary approval, if any, provided that, in the case of a planned development or residential cluster, minimal deviations may be permitted from the conditions of preliminary approval necessitated by change of conditions beyond the control of the developer since the date of preliminary approval without the developer being required to submit another application for development for preliminary approval.
E. 
Final approval shall be granted or denied within 45 days after submission of a complete application to the Township Engineer or within such further time as may be consented to by the applicant. Failure to act within the period prescribed shall constitute final approval.
F. 
Subsequent to final approval, the Board Secretary shall forward one copy of the approved site plan to the Township Tax Assessor and the developer in addition to those distributed pursuant § 265-7B.

§ 265-9 Granting of exceptions.

[Amended 9-15-1988 by Ord. No. 88-10]
The Board, when acting upon an application for site plan approval, shall have the power to grant such exceptions from the requirements of site plan approval as may be reasonable and within the general purpose and intent of the provisions for site plan review if the literal enforcement of one or more provisions of this chapter is impracticable or will exact undue hardship because of peculiar conditions pertaining to the land in question. This power shall extend and be inclusive of the power to grant a waiver to all the requirements of site plan review with the exception of the filing of an application and payment of the appropriate fees.

§ 265-10 Simultaneous review.

The Land Use Board shall have the power to review and approve or deny site plans simultaneously with review for subdivision approval without the developer being required to make further application to the Land Use Board or the Land Use Board being required to hold further hearings.

§ 265-11 Submission of plans.

A. 
Site plans shall be submitted in accordance with the following schedules:
(1) 
The sizes of all maps and plans submitted in compliance with this chapter shall be of one of the following sizes:
(a) 
Fifteen by 21 inches.
(b) 
Twenty-four by 36 inches.
(2) 
Title block shall include the following information:
(a) 
Name of the subdivision.
(b) 
Name, address, membership or license of the professional person who prepared the drawings.
(c) 
The term "Sketch Site Plan," "Preliminary Site Plan," "Improvement and Utility Plans" or "Final Site Plan," as applicable.
(d) 
Date of the drawing.
(e) 
Drawing reference number.
(f) 
Section number of the section being subdivided, if applicable.
(g) 
Scale of the drawing.
(3) 
Drawings shall also include the following:
(a) 
North arrow and reference meridian.
(b) 
Date of original drawing and date and nature of all subsequent revisions.
B. 
Sketch plan review. In keeping with the above intent, prospective developers are hereby encouraged, but not required, to informally submit preliminary sketches, reports and/or proposals for development to the Board for review and discussion at duly constituted regular or special Board meetings. The following of such informal procedure shall not prejudice the developer's right to proceed subsequently as an applicant otherwise pursuant to the requirements of this chapter.
C. 
Preliminary site plan requirements.
(1) 
An application for preliminary site plan shall reflect the review and design guidelines in § 265-12.
(2) 
The preliminary site plan shall be drawn at a scale in accordance with the following table:
Area of Site
(acres)
Scale Not to be Less Than
Less than 40
1 inch = 50 feet
Over 40
1 inch = 100 feet
(3) 
The plan shall include the following data:
(a) 
The name and address of the developer and the owner and the name, address and title of the person preparing the plan and maps, including appropriate map titles and accompanying data.
(b) 
The acreage, Municipal Tax Map lot and block numbers and tax sheet numbers of the lot or lots.
(c) 
A key location map showing the site and its relationship to surrounding areas and zone boundaries within a minimum of 1/4 mile.
(d) 
A date, graphic scale and North arrow.
(e) 
All existing, proposed and minimum required setback dimensions.
(f) 
Landscaped areas, fencing and trees over four inches in diameter; except that, where trees are in mass, only the limits thereof if proposed to remain need be shown, or if proposed for removal, only trees over nine inches in diameter need be shown.
(g) 
All existing and proposed signs and utility poles and their size, type of construction and location.
(h) 
The existing and proposed principal building or structure and all accessory buildings or structures, if any, and approximate floor areas of said buildings and approximate finished grade elevations at all corners of said buildings.
(i) 
The location of all existing buildings, drainage and parking areas within 200 feet of the lot.
(j) 
Existing topography, depicted by contours at two-foot intervals, based upon New Jersey Geodetic Control Survey datum, for the site and areas within 50 feet of the site.
(k) 
The approximate location and size of all existing and proposed storm drainage facilities, plus all required preliminary design data supporting the adequacy of the existing or proposed facility to handle future storm flows and analysis of the capacity of the facility into which the stormwater will flow.
(l) 
An analysis of all existing and proposed utilities and an analysis of the capacity of the existing utilities to accept the proposed facility.
(m) 
The location of all existing and proposed sidewalks, driveways, fences, retaining walls, parking space areas and the layouts thereof, and all off-street loading areas, together with the dimensions of all the foregoing on the site in question and within 100 feet of said site.
(n) 
The estimated average number of automobiles and number and size or type of trucks or buses that will enter and leave the site each day and during the peak hours, including an analysis of the ability of the existing road system to accept the additional traffic volumes.
(o) 
The location, size and nature of all existing and proposed rights-of-way, easements and other encumbrances which may affect the lot or lots in question, and the location, size and description of any land to be dedicated to the Township or to the county.
(p) 
The location, size and nature of the entire lot or lots in question, and any contiguous lots owned by the developer or in which the developer has a direct or indirect interest, even though only a portion of the entire property is involved in the site plan for which approval is sought; provided, however, that where it is physically impossible to show such entire lot or lots or contiguous lots on one map, a key map thereof shall be submitted.
(q) 
Plans and profiles of streets adjoining the property for a distance of 500 feet in either direction, including the location of driveways and intersecting streets and an indication of the maximum available sight distance.
(r) 
General nature and extent of proposed site lighting.
(s) 
The method of sewage disposal and water supply and preliminary design thereof.
(t) 
Proposed stages or development sections, if any, and the approximate schedule for implementing each stage or section.
(u) 
Tax Map lot and block numbers and names of owners of all properties within 200 feet of the site.
(v) 
Such other information as is reasonably necessary to make an informed decision as to whether the requirements for preliminary site plan approval have been met.
[Added 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
(4) 
The plans shall be prepared by a professional engineer licensed to practice in New Jersey.
D. 
Final site plan requirements.
(1) 
An application for final site plan shall be substantially the same as the approved preliminary site plan or a stage or section thereof. However, it shall show final and detailed design and engineering, which shall be designed in accordance with the review and design guidelines in § 265-12.
(2) 
The site plan shall be drawn at a scale of not less than one inch equals 50 feet and not greater than one inch equals 10 feet; except that, for land development plans that will require more than one sheet at this scale, a key map shall be included to show the entire tract and the detail sheet which shows each segment thereof.
(3) 
The plan shall include or be accompanied by the following data:
(a) 
The name and address of the developer and the owner and the name, address and title of the person preparing the plan or maps, including appropriate maps and titles and accompanying data.
(b) 
Affidavits of the owner and other parties in interest that the site plan is submitted with their knowledge and consent.
(c) 
The Municipal Tax Map lot and block numbers of the lot or lots.
(d) 
A key location map showing the site and its relationship to surrounding areas and zone boundaries within a minimum of 1/4 mile.
(e) 
The names of all adjoining owners.
(f) 
A date, graphic scale, North arrow and reference meridian.
(g) 
The zone district in which the lot or lots are located, together with a delineation of the yard setback lines required in the zone district.
(h) 
An accurate boundary survey prepared and certified by a New Jersey licensed land surveyor. The survey shall be based on a field traverse with an error of closure of not less than one part in 10,000.
(i) 
The existing and proposed principal building or structure and all accessory buildings or structures, if any, and finished grade elevations of all first floors and roofs, including roof structures.
(j) 
Architectural floor plans for each floor of the building or structure and elevations from all principal exposures of all buildings or structures on the site, but not less than four, with the name, address and registration number of the licensed architect preparing the plans.
(k) 
Existing topography based upon New Jersey Geodetic Control Survey datum for the site and areas within 50 feet of the site, and proposed grading, both with a maximum of two-foot contour intervals.
(l) 
All setback dimensions and minimum setback lines, fences and landscaped areas and trees as required by § 265-11C(3)(f).
(m) 
A landscape and planting plan which, as a minimum, shall spot the location of all existing plantings to be retained and all plantings to be established and shall contain a schedule, keyed to the plantings shown, calling out the type (common name and botanical name), size (height, spread and trunk diameter) at time of planting and at maturity and quantity of all plantings shown on the plan.
(n) 
All existing and proposed signs and lighting standards, including design calculation and indications of size, type of construction and location.
(o) 
The location, type and size of all existing and proposed catch basins and storm drainage facilities with profiles thereof, including design calculations, plus all required design data supporting the adequacy of all existing facilities to accept the additional stormwaters.
(p) 
The location, type and size of all existing and proposed curbs, sidewalks, driveways, fences, retaining walls, parking space areas and the layouts thereof, and all off-street loading areas, together with the dimensions of all the foregoing on the site in question and within 100 feet of said site.
(q) 
The location, size and nature of all existing and proposed rights-of-way, easements and other encumbrances which may affect the lot or lots in question, and the location, size and description of any lands to be dedicated to the Township or to the county or other agency.
(r) 
The location and size of all sanitary sewer lines and profiles thereof.
(s) 
Location, size and type of all proposed utility lines and structures, including but not limited to telephone, electric, water, sanitary sewer, gas and CATV, and letters from each that the facilities are adequate to serve the site development.
(t) 
The location, size and nature of remaining lands or contiguous lots in which the developer has a direct interest.
(u) 
All proposed easements and public and community access.
(v) 
The location, size and type of all proposed off-site improvements.
(w) 
All points of vehicular ingress and egress for the site, indicating the size of driveways and sight triangles.
(x) 
Provision for refuse and garbage disposal.
(y) 
Location of all points in pedestrian access, including internal circulation patterns.
(z) 
Location and design of all fire prevention measures, including emergency lanes, hydrants, sprinkler and Siamese connections and fire zones.
(aa) 
The present and proposed number of units and number of tenants, employees, customers or occupants of each unit and a summary of the total number of each expected to be on the site each day.
(bb) 
The location of any other feature directly on the property and beyond the property, if such feature has an effect on the use of said property.
(cc) 
Construction details of all proposed site improvements.
(dd) 
Such information or data as may be required by the Board in order to determine that the details of the site plan are in accord with the standards of the ordinances of the Township.
(ee) 
A complete list of the site improvements, except principal and accessory buildings, by item, and the quantities thereof to be constructed.
(ff) 
Copies of all applicable local, state and federal permits that may be required.
(4) 
The plan shall be prepared and signed by a professional engineer licensed in New Jersey, except for certification by other licensed professionals as required by this chapter or New Jersey law.

§ 265-12 Design guidelines.

A. 
General design considerations. The following shall constitute the general design considerations for site plans, which shall be adhered to by the applicant in preparation of site plans:
(1) 
Preservation of landscape. Landscape shall be preserved in its natural state, insofar as practicable, by minimizing tree and soil removal, and any grade changes shall be in keeping with the general appearance of the neighboring developed areas. Adequate shade trees shall be provided.
(2) 
Relation of proposed buildings to environment. The proposed structure shall be related harmoniously to the land form, either natural or man-made, and to existing buildings in the vicinity that have a visual relationship to the proposed buildings. The achievement of such relationship may include the enclosure of space in conjunction with other buildings or other proposed buildings and the creation of focal points with respect to avenues of approach, terrain features or other buildings.
(3) 
Drives, parking and circulation. With respect to vehicular and pedestrian circulation, including walkways, interior drives and parking, special attention shall be given to location and number of access points to the public streets, width of interior drives and access points, general interior circulation, separation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and arrangement of parking areas that are safe and convenient and, insofar as practicable, do not detract from the design of proposed buildings and structures and the neighboring properties. Streets shall be of sufficient width and suitable grade and suitably located to accommodate prospective traffic and to provide access for fire-fighting and emergency equipment to buildings and coordinated so as to compose a convenient system consistent with the circulation element of the Master Plan.
(4) 
Surface water drainage. Special attention shall be given to proper sites for stormwater detention and surface drainage so that the surface water will not adversely affect neighboring properties or the public storm drainage system. As much as possible, and except as may be modified by Chapter 285, Stormwater Management, of the Oxford Township Code, surface runoff waters from the premises should not be caused by the proposed development to exceed within any storm period the peak rate of runoff which would occur on a lot or tract in its presently developed condition, provided that, if the lot is presently farmed, it shall be considered as pasture for purposes of determining rate of runoff increase.
(5) 
Utility service. All electric, telephone, cable television and utility lines shall be underground. Adequate water supply, sewerage facilities and other utilities necessary for essential services to residents and occupants shall be provided.
(6) 
Advertising features. The size, location, lighting and materials of all permanent signs and outdoor advertising structures or features shall not detract from the design of proposed buildings and structures and the surrounding properties.
(7) 
Special features. Exposed storage tank areas, exposed machinery installations, service areas, truck loading areas, utility buildings and structures and similar accessory areas and structures shall be subject to such setbacks, screen planting or other screening methods as shall reasonably be required to prevent their being incongruous with the existing and contemplated site design and the surrounding properties.
(8) 
Open space. Open space and cluster residential development and planned developments shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 340, Zoning.
(9) 
Application of design standards. The standards of review outlined above shall also apply to all accessory buildings, structures, freestanding signs and other site features.
B. 
Design standards. The following minimum design standards shall be required for all site improvements:
(1) 
Public streets.
(a) 
Improvement of the public street upon which the site fronts shall be required for the portion of the site to be developed. These improvements shall be as required by Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land.
(b) 
Sight triangles shall be provided at the intersection of all driveways leading to and exiting from the site.
[1] 
These sight triangles shall be measured along the curbline of both the driveway and the intersecting street. The sight triangle shall be limited by a point measured 30 feet along the curbline of the driveway from the roadway curbline and a point on the intersecting roadway curbline which shall be located from the near curbline or the intersecting driveway in accordance with the following table:
Roadway Classification
Minimum Sight Distance
(feet)
Local
200
Minor collector
275
Major collector
350
Others
400
[2] 
The sight triangle shall be clear of all obstructions from 20 inches above the center-line grade to a point 120 inches above the center line, except that utility poles and street trees shall be permitted, provided that they do not create a safety hazard. An easement dedication to the owner of the intersecting roadway incorporating the entire sight triangle within the site but outside the right-of-way line shall be made.
(2) 
On-site improvements.
(a) 
Site lighting.
[1] 
Site lighting shall be provided in all areas accessible to the public in accordance with the following table:
Area
Average Maintained Footcandles
Parking lots
Shopping centers
1.5 - 5.0
Retail businesses
1.0 - 4.0
Industrial
0.5 - 1.0
Residential, multifamily
0.4 - 1.0
Access driveways
Shopping centers
2.0 - 3.0
Retail businesses
1.0 - 3.0
Industrial
1.0 - 3.0
Park area and pedestrianways
0.4
Sidewalks
0.5
Intersections
2.0 - 5.0
Other areas
As determined by individual study
[2] 
In general, the areas most frequently utilized shall be more-intensely lit, with lighting levels decreasing as usage decreases.
[3] 
All lighting shall be designed to meet the following minimum criteria:
[a] 
All lighting from fixtures shall be cut off at property lines adjoining residential areas and zones.
[b] 
Fixtures shall provide cutoff so that the lamp or refractor is not visible from adjoining roadways or residential areas.
[c] 
Sky glow effects are prohibited.
[d] 
Maximum desirable luminaire mounting heights shall be 30 feet.
[e] 
There shall be a minimum uniformity ratio varying from 6:1 for the intensely lit areas to 10:1 for the remote areas. The uniformity ratio shall be the ratio of the average to minimum intensity.
(b) 
Storm drainage. All site plans shall incorporate adequate storm drainage facilities. The facilities shall be designed in accordance with the standards established in Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, and other applicable ordinances, except that, in addition to the use of standard inlets as prescribed for use in municipal streets, the use inlet Type B-3 may be used. These shall be as shown in the standard details for Oxford Township, copies of which are on file in the Township Clerk's office.
[1] 
Inlets in parking areas shall be spaced and sized to prevent a spread of water into the parking aisles during a storm with an intensity of three inches per hour. Inlets in driveways and roadways within parking areas shall be spaced and sized to provide a minimum of an eight-foot-wide lane for each design traveled lane during a storm with an intensity of three inches per hour.
[2] 
Inlets shall be placed at the intersection of all parking lot driveways or roadways with all public roads if the volume of water entering the public roadway will create a violation of the roadway inlet spacing standards set forth in Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land.
(c) 
Parking lot layout. Parking lots providing in excess of 50 parking spaces shall meet the following requirements:
[1] 
Driveways shall be separated from parking stalls and aisles by raised curbed islands which shall be a minimum of five feet wide.
[2] 
In every fifth row of parking, the opposing stalls shall be separated by raised curbed islands which shall be a minimum of four feet wide.
[3] 
At least one tree as required by Chapter 340, Zoning, shall be planted within each island required herein.
[4] 
All islands required herein shall be landscaped and grassed.
(d) 
Landscaping. In addition to the buffer zones required by Chapter 340, Zoning, and ornamental shrubbery to be placed on the site, shade trees shall be placed in conformance with the following:
[1] 
Street trees as required by Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, shall be placed along all adjoining public roadways.
[2] 
Shade trees on the site shall be provided as required by Chapter 340, Zoning, in parking areas with more than 10 cars. At least 1/2 of these trees shall be planted in landscaped and curbed islands.
(e) 
Pedestrian access. In parking areas in excess of 100 parking stalls, sidewalks shall be constructed along all driveways and roadways as necessary to accommodate pedestrian travel parallel to the flow of traffic thereon.
(f) 
Fire protection. Notwithstanding the provision of fire codes and recommendations of fire personnel, the following shall apply:
[1] 
On all sites in excess of 10,000 square feet of building area, fire aisles shall be provided adjacent to all exposures of buildings. No automobile parking shall be permitted between the fire aisle and the building, except that parcel pickup areas will be permitted, provided that the designated area does not exceed 1/3 of the frontage of an individual business establishment. Pedestrian walkways and truck loading zones will be permitted between the fire aisle and the buildings.
[2] 
All fire aisles shall be a minimum of 30 feet in width.
[3] 
No portion of a structure shall be more than 600 feet from a fire hydrant where public water is available.
(g) 
Grading. Grading shall be as required by the site construction. However, the following requirements shall be adhered to:
[1] 
Driveways. Driveways and roadways shall not exceed a maximum grade of 6% and shall not exceed a grade of 4% within 100 feet of the side line of an intersecting street.
[2] 
Parking areas. Parking areas shall be reasonably level but shall not exceed a maximum grade of 6% and shall be graded so that stormwater runs from aisles to parking stalls and does not cross drives or roadways in a concentrated flow.
[3] 
Maximum earthen slopes. Slopes shall not exceed a ratio of 1 1/2 horizontal to one vertical, unless a slope stability analysis indicates to the contrary, provided that slopes greater than 2:1 but less than 3:1 shall have a fence or protective vegetative screen or guardrail, and slopes which are in excess of 3:1 shall be fenced at the top with a four-foot-high fence.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
[4] 
All nonpaved areas shall be permanently stabilized to prevent erosion.
(h) 
Recycling area. A recycling area shall be designated for the disposition of residential recyclables in residential zones.
[Added 4-21-1994 by Ord. No. 94-5]
[1] 
The recycling area shall be conveniently located for the residential disposition of separated recyclable materials, preferably near, but clearly separated from, a refuse dumpster.
[2] 
The recycling area shall be well lit and shall be safely and easily accessible by recycling personnel and vehicles. Collection vehicles shall be able to access the recycling area without interference from parked cars or other obstacles. Reasonable measures shall be taken to protect the recycling area and the bins or containers placed therein against theft of recyclable materials, bins or containers.
[3] 
The recycling area or the bins or containers placed therein shall be designed so as to provide protection against adverse environment conditions which might render the collected materials unmarketable. Any bins or containers which are used for the collection of recyclable paper or cardboard and which are located in an outdoor recycling area shall be equipped with a lid or otherwise covered so as to keep the paper or cardboard dry.
[4] 
Signs clearly identifying the recycling area and the materials accepted therein shall be posted adjacent to all points of access to the recycling area. Individual bins or containers shall be equipped with signs indicating the materials to be placed therein.
[5] 
Landscaping and/or fencing shall be provided around any outdoor recycling area and shall be developed in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
(i) 
Other improvements shall be made in accordance with the standards set forth in Chapter 298, Subdivision of Land, or, in lieu thereof, as may be indicated by good engineering practice.
(3) 
Standards for construction. All work shall be done in conformance with the current construction standards of the Township of Oxford or, in lieu thereof, the current edition of the New Jersey State Highway Department Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 1961, with amendments and revisions thereto, and with the New Jersey Department of Transportation standard construction details.

§ 265-13 Guaranties.

A. 
As a condition of final site plan approval, the Land Use Board shall require and accept, in accordance with the standards of this chapter, for the purpose of assuring the installation and maintenance of on-tract improvements:
(1) 
A performance guaranty in favor of the Municipality in an amount not to exceed 120%, 10% of which shall be in cash, of the cost of installation for improvements if deemed necessary or appropriate, including streets, grading, pavement, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, streetlighting, shade trees, surveyor's monuments, water mains, culverts, storm sewers, sanitary sewers or other means of sewage disposal, drainage structures, erosion control and sedimentation control devices, public improvements of open space and other on-site improvements and landscaping.
(2) 
A maintenance guaranty to be posted with the governing body for a period not to exceed two years after final acceptance of the improvement, in an amount not to exceed 15% of the total cost of the improvement. In the event that other governmental agencies or public utilities automatically will own the utilities to be installed or the improvements are covered by a performance or maintenance guaranty to another governmental agency, no performance or maintenance guaranty, as the case may be, shall be required by the Municipality for such utilities or improvements.
B. 
The form of the guaranty shall be as approved by the Township Attorney, and the amount of the guaranty shall be as determined by the Township Engineer.
C. 
The applicant shall assume all liability during construction of such improvements and until such time as the improvements are accepted by the Township of Oxford.
D. 
Upon substantial completion of all required appurtenant utility improvements and the connection of same to the public system, the obligor may notify the governing body, in writing, by certified mail addressed in care of the Municipal Clerk, of the completion or substantial completion of improvements and shall send a copy thereof to the Municipal Engineer. Thereupon, the Municipal Engineer shall inspect all improvements of which such notice has been given and shall file a detailed report, in writing, with the governing body, indicating either approval, partial approval or rejection of such improvements, with a statement of reasons for any rejection. The cost of the improvements as approved or rejected shall be set forth.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
E. 
The governing body shall either approve, partially approve or reject the improvements on the basis of the report of the Municipal Engineer and shall notify the obligor, in writing, by certified mail, of the contents of said report and the action of said approving authority with relation thereto not later than 65 days after receipt of the notice from the obligor of the completion of the improvements. Where partial approval is granted, the obligor shall be released from all liability pursuant to its performance guaranty, except for that portion adequately sufficient to secure provision of the improvements not yet approved, provided that 30% of the amount of the performance guaranty posted may be retained to ensure completion of all improvements. Failure of the governing body to send or provide such notification to the obligor within 65 days shall be deemed to constitute approval of the improvements, and the obligor and surety, if any, shall be released from all liability pursuant to such performance guaranty for such improvements.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
F. 
If any portion of the required improvements are rejected, the approving authority may require the obligor to complete such improvements, and, upon completion, the same procedure of notification as set forth in Subsections D and E above shall be followed.

§ 265-14 Noncompliance.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions of site plan approval subsequent to the receipt of a zoning permit, construction permit or certificate of occupancy, as the case may be, shall be construed to be a violation of this chapter and shall be grounds for the revocation of any zoning permit, construction permit or certificate of occupancy, as the case may be. If the Construction Code Official finds that any conditions of site plan approval have not been met, he shall give the applicant 10 days' written notice to comply with said conditions, and failure to comply within this ten-day period shall result in revocation of the zoning permit, construction permit or certificate of occupancy, as the case may be. Such violations may additionally or singly also be prosecuted under § 265-15.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 78-14, Fees, which previously followed this section, was repealed 10-15-1992 by Ord. No. 92-6. See now Ch. 51, Land Use Procedures, Schedule I, Fees.

§ 265-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the court.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).