[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Morris Canal Historic Preservation District
[Adopted 9-12-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-14]
The preservation, protection and enhancement of the Morris Canal is necessary because:
The Morris Canal is recognized as a cultural resource of national importance by its inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The Morris Canal was of great significance locally to the social and economic development of Warren County as a whole and of the individual municipalities through which it passed and is so recognized by its inclusion in Warren County's Open Space Plan.
The Morris Canal has environmental importance as a drainageway, water retention basin and, in many cases, as a portion of valuable natural area watersheds.
The definition of the Morris Canal corridor on the Municipal Zoning Map shall include:
The canal right-of-way, levels, prism, basins, locks and inclined planes.
Adjacent features, sites and structures, such as boat yards of primary importance to the operation of the canal.
In addition, areas of special sensitivity within the zone, including but not necessarily limited to special features, such as the inclined planes, locks and boat basins and yards, shall be designated.
The following shall be prohibited:
The indiscriminate dumping, filling and/or destruction within the zone of the canal prism, towpath, banks and other related physical features, both above and below ground.
The issuance of building permits within the canal zone that would negatively impact the extent of cultural resources and/or the function of the canal as a drainageway, retention basin or portion of a natural area watershed.
§ 84-4 Provisions for driveways, underground utilities, sanitary and stormwater sewers, streets, etc.
The crossing of and the excavation within the canal zone for any of the above mentioned purposes is to be allowed only when there is no feasible and prudent alternative and when such action is clearly in the public interest. Provisions in this circumstance are to include: For utilities and sewers, work is to be done in such a manner as to minimize the disturbance and/or destruction of significant features, both above and below ground, and any such features disturbed and/or destroyed in such work are to be restored to their preexisting condition as closely as is feasibly possible.