Borough of Glen Rock, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Glen Rock 6-23-1975 by Ord. No. 819 (Ch. XXI of the 1971 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 101.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 162.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CALIPER
When used in determining the measurement of all trees, that diameter as measured 12 inches above the natural grade.
[Amended 2-19-2003 by Ord. No. 1427]
A. 
Established, composition.
[Amended 4-10-2006 by Ord. No. 1528]
(1) 
There is hereby established a Shade Tree Advisory Committee consisting of five members who shall all be residents of the Borough, one of whom shall be designated as Chairperson. All members of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council. In addition, there shall be two ex officio nonvoting members of the Committee consisting of one member of the governing body, designated by the Mayor, and the Director of the Department of Public Works.
(2) 
There shall also be appointed two alternate members of the Committee, appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The alternate members shall be residents of the Borough. The alternate members shall be designated as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2," respectively, and each alternate shall retain said designation during the term of which he/she was appointed. During the absence of any regular member, the Chairperson shall appoint one of the alternate members to serve in the place of the regular member. In the event, however, that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote.
B. 
Terms of members. The terms of two members of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee shall terminate at the end of the first year of their appointment. The terms of the remaining three members of the Committee shall terminate at the end of the second year of their appointment. Thereafter, the appointment of each member shall be for a term of three years.
C. 
Terms of alternate members. The appointment of each alternate member shall be for a term of three years.
D. 
Function of the Committee.
(1) 
It shall be the function of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee to advise the Borough Council and the Director of Public Works as to future plans relating to the planting, pruning, removal and care of those trees and shrubs within the Borough that are located upon public rights-of-way, public parks, school grounds and other public places and to assist in the solution of problems relating to the same.
(2) 
The Director of Public Works, prior to the planting of all trees, as required by the provisions of this chapter, shall refer the matter to the Shade Tree Advisory Committee for its concurrence as to tree selection and recommended spacing. In this regard, consideration shall be given to the various species of trees held to be harmonious with existing trees and the character of the area where the trees are to be planted. The Shade Tree Advisory Committee shall use as its principal guide for tree selection and spacing the publication by the New Jersey Shade Tree Commissioners entitled "Trees for New Jersey Streets," as the same shall be amended or supplemented from time to time.
A. 
Prohibited acts. No person shall do or cause to be done any of the following acts upon public rights-of-way, public parks, school grounds or other public places within the Borough without making application to and receiving written permission from the Director of Public Works:
(1) 
Cut, trim, prune, break or climb with a spike, destroy the roots or in any way injure or spray with any chemical or injure or misuse any structure or device placed to support such tree or trees.
(2) 
Plant any tree.
(3) 
Fasten any rope, wire, electric attachment, sign or other device to a tree or to any guard about such tree.
(4) 
Close or obstruct any open space provided about the base of any tree to permit access of air, water or fertilizer to the roots of such tree.
(5) 
Pile any building material or make any mortar or cement within six feet of any tree.
B. 
Applications for exception.
(1) 
All applications as required in Subsection A shall be made on forms supplied by the Director of Public Works.
(2) 
Permission to perform any of the acts prohibited in Subsection A shall only be granted to a designated representative of or the owners of property abutting such public highways, public parks, public rights-of-way or other public places within the Borough.
[Amended 2-19-2003 by Ord. No. 1427]
Any person having control over any wire for transmission of electric current or wire used for telephone communication along a public highway shall at all times guard all trees through which or near which such wires pass against any injury from wires or from electric current carried by it. The device, means or any pruning required shall be subject to the approval and direction of the Director of Public Works, with the advice of the Shade Tree Committee.
No person shall permit any brine, gas or injurious chemical to come in contact with the stem or roots of any tree or shrub upon public property.
A. 
Specifications for trees on public rights-of-way. Where it is deemed advisable by the Shade Tree Advisory Committee, there shall be planted upon public rights-of-way shade trees having a caliper of not less than 1 1/2 inches and spaced as specified under the guidelines established under the publication "Trees for New Jersey Streets," published by the New Jersey Shade Tree Commissioners. The trees shall be planted on the right-of-way or street line so as not to interfere with the utilities or sidewalks.
B. 
Improperly spaced trees. Where trees have been improperly spaced in the original planting, no tree need be replanted to replace such tree at the option of the Director of Public Works, with the advice and consent of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee. The Director of Public Works, with the advice and consent of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee, shall have the further option to waive tree planting recommendations set forth in "Trees for New Jersey Streets" in instances where existing plantings are deemed sufficient to provide adequate shade cover on the public highway or rights-of-way involved.
C. 
Fees. All such trees shall be planted by the Division of Public Works. Prior to the issuance of any building permit by the Building Inspector of the Borough for the construction of all new buildings or developments, every such applicant shall be required to deposit the sum as provided in Chapter 101, Fees, for each tree required to be planted in accordance with the provisions hereof. Nothing in this section, however, shall be construed to require the planting of trees where it is determined by the Director of Public Works, with the advice and consent of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee, that trees complying with the minimum requirements as hereinbefore set forth already exist upon the site.
[Amended 9-28-1997 by Ord. No. 1291]
A. 
Notice to owner. The owner of any tree growing on private property which shall be deemed to constitute a danger to public health or to public property by the Director of Public Works, with the advice and consent of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee, shall, upon 10 days' written notice directed to such owner at the owner's last known mailing address, cause such tree to be removed or properly pruned or cut back as directed by the Director of Public Works.
B. 
Failure to comply. If the owner of such tree shall fail to comply with the notice of the Director of Public Works to effect the removal or pruning of the tree, the Division of Public Works shall be authorized to effect the removal or pruning of such tree. The cost for such removal or pruning shall be charged against the property involved and shall be collected by the Borough in the same manner as taxes assessed against the property. This provision shall be in addition to all other penalties herein set forth for the violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 9-28-1997 by Ord. No. 1291]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by any combination of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[Added 7-29-2015 by Ord. No. 1721]
A. 
Purpose.
(1) 
The Borough of Glen Rock has concern that indiscriminate, uncontrolled and excessive destruction, removal and clear-cutting of trees upon lots and tracts of land results in increased drainage control costs, increase soil erosion and sedimentation, decreased fertility of the soil, degradation of water resources, decreased groundwater recharge, and decreased property values, all of which negatively affect the character of the Borough and the aesthetic beauty.
(2) 
The Borough of Glen Rock realizes that excessive removal of trees adversely affects the health, safety and general welfare of our residents and desires to regulate and control indiscriminate and excessive cutting of trees by preserving the maximum possible number of trees in the course of development of a site in the Borough as a whole, ensuring that the health of trees preserved on a site is maintained throughout the development process, protecting larger, older specimens of trees and encouraging innovative design and grading to promote the preservation of existing trees.
B. 
Landscape plan.
(1) 
A landscape plan must be included in a construction site plan or when applying for a demolition permit. In the one-year prior, during or for a year following construction/demolition, trees with more than a four-inch diameter outside of a ten-foot boundary of the construction footprint cannot be taken down unless replaced by a tree of at least two-inch caliper. As an alternative, a donation can be made to the Glen Rock Tree Trust for planting of replacement trees on public land in the amount set by the Shade Tree Advisory Committee.
(2) 
Prior to work on construction or demolition, contractors or homeowners must submit a statement that they have read and have knowledge of the Glen Rock Municipal Code entitled "Trees and Shrubs on Public/Private Property," Chapter 208, Ordinance Number 819.
(3) 
Submit demolition checklist. (See Glen Rock Building Department checklist on demolition or removal of structures/abandoned well.)