Township of Moorestown, NJ
Burlington County
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[Amended 1-26-1981 by Ord. No. 1072; 3-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1463-89; 1-27-1992 by Ord. No. 1604-92; 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1797-97; 3-9-1998 by Ord. No. 1846-98]
A. 
Members; task; terms of office; vacancies.
(1) 
There is hereby established the Tree Planting and Preservation Committee of the Township, which shall consist of seven regular members and one alternate member, who shall be appointed by the Township Council, shall be residents of the Township of Moorestown, shall serve without salary or other compensation and shall each be removable from office by the Township Council at any time without cause, upon a vote of a majority of all the members of the Township Council, except that the absence of a Committee member from three consecutive Committee meetings shall constitute an automatic forfeiture of that Committee member's office without need of any action. The alternate member shall serve during the absence or disqualification of any regular member.
(2) 
The Committee shall advise and assist the Council and the Manager with respect to the selection, planting, care, culture, trimming and development of shade trees in the Township. It shall develop and recommend to the Council and the Manager a suitable shade tree program for the Township.
(3) 
Appointments.
(a) 
Committee members and the alternate member shall be appointed for two-year terms, which shall be staggered so that at least three regular members' terms expire on December 31 of each year.
[Amended 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1797-97]
[Added 7-14-1997 by Ord. No. 1827-97[1]]
A. 
Membership; terms; designation of Chairman.
(1) 
The Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Oversight Committee shall consist of ten members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Township Council. The remaining members shall be residents of the Township and shall be appointed by the Council based on their qualifications and experience in such fields as finance, real estate management, construction or land development. The Township Council members shall be appointed for periods of one year. All terms, other than the Council members, shall be for a period of two years. The term of the Township Council members shall be deemed vacant in the event that such member is no longer a member of the Township Council. All new terms are to be appointed effective January 1 of the year in which those terms begin.
[Amended 4-27-1998 by Ord. No. 1851-98; 3-13-2000 by Ord. No. 1920-00]
(2) 
The Township Council shall designate, at the time of the original appointment of the Committee, the member of the Committee who shall serve as Chairman for the first year of the Committee's functions. Thereafter, the Committee shall, year to year, select a Chairman and Vice Chairman.
B. 
Powers and duties.
(1) 
The powers and duties of the Low- and Moderate-Income Housing Oversight Committee shall be as follows:
(a) 
To advise and furnish assistance as requested from time to time by the Township Council, the Township Planning Board and the Township Manager or his designee, as to matters respecting the Fair Housing Act, the Council on Affordable Housing, the Township's Housing Element and Fair Share Plan and related matters.
(b) 
To advise with respect to the development of various policies for the Township's housing program. Those policies include, but are not limited to unit design, project layout and administrative procedures, such as the qualifying of prospective tenants and owners for the Township's housing program.
(c) 
Be responsible for developing site plans, financial plans and construction plans for the municipally owned sites subject to the approval of the Township Council. The implementation of these plans, as approved by the Township Council, Planning Board and other officers and agencies, shall be carried out by Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND). The Committee shall have direct oversight responsibility for all new construction, gut rehabilitation, funding and administration of the Affordable Housing Compliance Plan as approved by COAH, the Township Council and others. The Committee and MEND shall cooperate in fulfilling the obligations of the Township under the Compliance Plan. All expenditures proposed from First Housing Trust Fund moneys shall be first approved by the Committee and then recommended to the Township Council. Appropriate documentation shall be submitted by MEND for all work completed, with certifications by authorized officers and architects, as applicable.
(2) 
Committee duties shall include such other tasks as assigned by the Township Council and/or Township Manager.
C. 
The Manager shall appoint and remove such technical and clerical staff as may be budgeted and required for the Committee. The Township Council shall appoint and remove any professional staff as may be budgeted and required for the Committee.
[Amended 12-8-1997 by Ord. No. 1841-97]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 6-44, Advisory bodies, added 12-29-1986 by Ord. No. 1333, as amended.
[Added 3-27-1984 by Ord. No. 1185; amended 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1799-97; 12-13-1999 by Ord. No. 1906-99; 1-26-2009 by Ord. No. 2-2009; 10-6-2014 by Ord. No. 14-2014]
A. 
Within the Department of Parks and Recreation, there shall be a Recreation Advisory Committee to consist of 11 members to be appointed by the Council, each for a term of two years. The Council shall also appoint four additional members. The additional members' appointments shall be as follows:
(1) 
Upon adoption of this section, two students, one male and one female, entering into their sophomore year, shall be appointed to a two-year term.
(2) 
Upon adoption of this section, two students, one male and one female, entering into their junior year, shall be appointed to a one-year term (if they have not yet been appointed).
(3) 
Each year thereafter, two students, one male and one female, entering into their sophomore year, shall be appointed to a two-year term.
(4) 
All student member terms shall run from July 1 to June 30.
(5) 
All student members are required to comply with the meeting attendance policy for boards and committees as adopted by the Township Council annually.
(6) 
All student members shall be entitled to receive community service hours for hours served.
B. 
The Committee shall provide for its own organization and shall consult with and advise the Council, Manager and Director from time to time with respect to recreational policies, programs and activities within the Township. No person may serve more than four successive full terms.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Art. IV, § 6-29, of this chapter, Department of Parks and Recreation; see also Ch. 125, Parks and Recreational Facilities.
[Added 2-8-1988 by Ord. No. 1395]
A. 
Purposes; name.
(1) 
The purposes of this section are to promote a desirable visual environment through development techniques and good civic design and arrangements pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-2i), including but not limited to the following:
(a) 
To maintain, protect and conserve the architectural, historical and aesthetic character of the Town Center, in terms of a variety of styles, quality and compatible scale.
(b) 
To conserve the pedestrian scale and treed village appearance of the Town Center and the harmonious sense of place.
(2) 
The committee established by this section shall be known as the "Appearance Committee."
(3) 
The Appearance Committee shall act only in an advisory capacity and may make recommendations on development proposals as provided in this section.
B. 
Area. The Appearance Committee shall have jurisdiction within the entire township.
[Amended 3-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1466-89; 3-11-1991 by Ord. No. 1566-91; 1-27-1992 by Ord. No. 1600-92]
C. 
Members; terms of office; vacancies.
[Amended 3-28-1988 by Ord. No. 1401; 3-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1466-89; 9-25-1989 by Ord. No. 1491-89; 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1799-97]
(1) 
There is hereby established the Appearance Committee of the Township, which shall consist of nine regular members and three alternate members, who shall be appointed by the Township Council, shall be residents of the Township of Moorestown, shall serve without salary or other compensation and shall each be removable from office by the Township Council at any time without cause, upon a vote of a majority of all the members of the Township Council, except that the absence of a Committee member from three consecutive Committee meetings shall constitute an automatic forfeiture of that Committee member's office without need of any action. The alternate member shall serve during the absence or disqualification of any regular member.
[Amended 12-13-1999 by Ord. No. 1906-99]
(2) 
Members shall be recognized as knowledgeable in matters of aesthetic judgment by virtue of training, education or experience. At least two Committee members shall be licensed in one of the following professions: architecture, landscape architecture or electrical engineering. At least two members of the Committee shall be members of the business community within the Town Center, and at least one of these members shall be the owner, operator or manager of a business within the Town Center. The owner, operator or manager of a business does not have to be a resident of the Township in order to be considered for appointment to the Appearance Committee.
(3) 
Appointments.
(a) 
Committee members and alternate members shall be appointed for two-year terms, which shall be staggered so that at least three members' terms and one alternate member's term shall expire December 31 of each year.
(b) 
Members may be reappointed to succeed themselves and for nonsuccessive terms.
D. 
Organization; officers, meetings, etc.
(1) 
An organization meeting shall be held annually during January. At such meeting, the Committee shall elect a Chairman and a Secretary from the Committee. The Committee shall hold at least one regular meeting each month. Committee procedures shall comply with the Open Public Meetings Act. A majority of all members shall constitute a quorum.
(2) 
The Committee shall keep minutes of all its proceedings.
(3) 
Staff to the Committee shall be provided by the Department of Community Development.
E. 
Powers and duties. The Appearance Committee shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) 
To review applications, hold hearings and make recommendations concerning the proposed appearance of external architectural features of buildings or structures, other than single-family or two-family houses. In the case of an application for site plan review, conditional use or use variance, recommendations will be forwarded to the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment, depending on jurisdiction. In the case of a permit application that does not require a Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment approval, Committee recommendations will be forwarded to the Director of the Department of Community Development and to the Township Construction Official.
[Amended 1-27-1992 by Ord. No. 1600-92]
(2) 
To study exterior design drawings, landscape and site plans and materials for any proposed public works or public improvements in the Town Center and to make recommendations to the Township Council or Township Manager as to the architectural or aesthetic aspects thereof.
(3) 
To advise the Township Council, Manager or any township department, board or commission on architectural or aesthetic concerns within any area of the Township.
(4) 
To recommend legislation to the Township Council.
(5) 
To review applications, hold hearings and make recommendations concerning the proposed demolition or removal of any principal or accessory building pursuant to § 180-101D of the Code.
[Added 9-26-1988 by Ord. No. 1437; amended 12-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1908-99]
F. 
Regulatory powers of the Committee over external architectural features of buildings and structures.
[Amended 9-26-1988 by Ord. No. 1437]
(1) 
No building or other permit or site plan approval shall be issued for the erection, construction, alteration or repair of any building or structure, except upon the review and recommendation of the Appearance Committee. The foregoing requirement shall not preclude the issuance of a permit without such review, if the Zoning Officer shall determine either that no external architectural feature, as defined in Subsection J, is involved in the work for which the permit is sought or that the permit involves a one or two-family dwelling.
[Amended 1-27-1992 by Ord. No. 1600-92][1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 6-45.1F(2), concerning demolition or removal permits for buildings or structures within the designated Town Center zoning districts, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1908-99.
G. 
Architectural and aesthetic review procedure.
(1) 
Upon the filing of an application for a permit or site plan review for which an architectural and aesthetic review is or may be required under Subsection F, the Zoning Officer shall immediately transmit said application to the Appearance Committee. The fact that an application for review by the Committee has been filed shall not be cause for the Construction Official and/or Zoning Officer to delay the review of plans relating to the building and zoning aspects of the project while such application is pending.
(2) 
The Committee shall consider the application for review within five weeks following submission. In the absence of the issuance of a recommendation within 60 days following submission of a complete application, the entire project depicted by such application shall be deemed recommended.
(3) 
At the public hearing, the Committee shall consider the application and receive additional information from the applicant, township personnel or other persons as shall be deemed appropriate, in order to determine whether or not the application is in compliance with this chapter, including its purposes, and applicable law.
(4) 
The Committee shall review site plans, architectural plans, reports, sketches, drawings, photographs and/or material samples, as are useful during the review of the application.
(5) 
The Committee shall make recommendations on the following application elements.
(a) 
Architectural style.
(b) 
Scale of the proposed development in relation to existing site improvements and surrounding properties.
(c) 
Landscaping and buffering.
(d) 
Exterior lighting types, intensities and locations.
(e) 
Construction material, including color, texture and type.
(6) 
The Committee shall act in an advisory capacity only and shall provide recommendations only on projects for which plans, drawings, materials or other evidence is furnished by the applicant and shall not participate in the development of the basic concept, plans or drawings; provided, however, that the Committee may, in such cases as it deems appropriate, offer informal reviews and guidance.
H. 
Action of the Appearance Committee. The Committee shall make recommendations to the applicant and the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment and appropriate township officers, where appropriate, as to changes in the exterior drawings, sketches, landscaping, lighting, site plans and materials which, in the judgment of the Committee, would tend to satisfy the purposes of this chapter.
I. 
Action of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment shall, when considering a site plan, conditional use or use or "D"[2] variance application, review the recommendations of the Committee. Either Board may incorporate any or all of the recommendations in its actions on such applications.
[2]
Editor's Note: The "D" variance application refers to variance pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d.
J. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING
A combination of materials to form a construction adapted to permanent, temporary or continuous occupancy and having a roof.
EXTERNAL ARCHITECTURAL FEATURE
The architectural style and general arrangement of such building or structure as is designed to be open to view from a public street, place or way, including the kind, color and texture of the building material and the types of windows, doors, lights, signs and other fixtures appurtenant to the portion of the building or proposed building which it the subject of an application.
STRUCTURE
A combination of materials to form a construction for occupancy, use or ornamentation, whether installed on, above or below the surface of a parcel of land. "Structure" shall include, but not be limited to, fences, walls and signs.
[Added 4-11-1988 by Ord. No. 1407; amended 3-11-1991 by Ord. No. 1567-91; 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1799-97; 3-9-1998 by Ord. No. 1846-98]
A. 
There shall be a Telecommunications and Technology Committee, consisting of seven members, who shall be residents of the Township, appointed by the Township Council.
B. 
Each member of the Committee shall be appointed for a two-year term which shall be staggered so that at least two members' terms expire on December 31 of each year.
C. 
The Committee shall select its own Chairperson who shall convene meetings as needed in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.
D. 
Staff for the Committee shall be provided by the Township Manager.
E. 
The Telecommunications and Technology Committee shall:
(1) 
Oversee programming on the education and government access channel.
(2) 
Arbitrate disputes among persons requesting the use of education access and/or government access channel for initiation of programming.
(3) 
Confer and consult with the cable television franchisee with respect to education and government access channel programming.
(4) 
Serve as liaison between the Township government and schools and liaison between the Township government and the cable television franchisee.
(5) 
Furnish such information and advice to the Township Council as may be required by this section or as the Township Council may from time to time request.
(6) 
Study and furnish advice on various telecommunication and technology issues.
F. 
The Committee or its designee shall serve as the Franchise Complaint Officer, as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:5A-26a and as provided in the Township's cable television franchise.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A220, Cable Television Franchise.
G. 
The Committee shall provide such other oversight of any cable television franchise agreement as best assures continued compliance by all parties to the agreement.
[Added 10-23-1989 by Ord. No. 1490-89]
A. 
Purpose; name.
(1) 
The purpose of this Committee is to advise and assist the Township Council, Manager, Planning Board, Zoning Board and any other municipal department, committee or officials on environmental issues.
(2) 
The Committee established by this section shall be known as the "Environmental Advisory Committee."
(3) 
The Environmental Advisory Committee shall act only in an advisory capacity and may make recommendations on development proposals as provided in this section.
B. 
Establishment; members; terms of office; vacancies.
[Amended 2-10-1992 by Ord. No. 1603-92]
(1) 
There is hereby established the Environmental Advisory Committee of the Township, which shall consist of six regular members and two alternate members, who shall be appointed by the Township Council, shall be residents of the Township of Moorestown, shall serve without salary or other compensation and shall each be removable from office by the Township Council at any time, without cause, upon a vote of a majority of all the members of Township Council, except that the absence of a Committee member from three consecutive Committee meetings shall constitute an automatic forfeiture of that Committee member's office without need of any action. The alternate member shall serve during the absence or disqualification of any regular member.
[Amended 11-27-2000 by Ord. No. 1941-00]
(2) 
Appointments.
(a) 
Committee members shall be appointed for two-year terms, which shall be staggered so that three regular members' terms expire on December 31 of each year. Alternate members shall be appointed for one-year terms.
[Amended 1-29-1997 by Ord. No. 1799-97; 11-27-2000 by Ord. No. 1941-00]
(b) 
Members may be reappointed to succeed themselves and for nonsuccessive terms.
C. 
Organization; officers; meetings.
(1) 
An organization meeting shall be held annually during January. At such meeting, the Committee shall elect a Chairman and a Secretary from the Committee. The Committee shall hold at least one regular meeting each month. Committee procedures shall comply with the Open Public Meetings Act.[1] A majority of all members shall constitute a quorum.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 10:4-1 et seq.
(2) 
The Committee shall keep minutes of all its proceedings.
(3) 
A staff to the Committee shall be provided by the Department of Community Development.
D. 
Powers and duties. The Committee is established to assist in the protection, development and use of natural resources. In order to carry out these purposes, the Committee shall have the following functions:
(1) 
Promoting the conservation and careful management of the natural resources of the Township.
(2) 
Planning and implementing programs to educate the public about local conservation programs and issues.
(3) 
Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of the Township's natural resources, including all relevant mapping and documentation.
(4) 
Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all open space and recreation areas, both publicly and privately owned, and investigating possible appropriate uses for publicly owned open space.
(5) 
Assisting the Planning Board and Zoning Board in the latter's duties and responsibilities, including input to the Master Plan and long-range planning.
(6) 
Rendering nonbinding opinions with respect to any matter referred for review by the Planning Board and Zoning Board within 30 calendar days of such referral.
(7) 
Reviewing and making recommendations with respect to all environmental impact reports filed by a developer with the Planning Board or Zoning Board.
(8) 
Acting as a clearinghouse and resource for the community on local environmental issues.
(9) 
Pursuing the recommendations of the open space plan prepared by the Open Space Committee, and taking over said Committee's functions, reports and files upon the dissolution of the Open Space Committee.
(10) 
Performing such other duties as directed by the Township Council or Manager.
[Added 8-10-2015 by Ord. No. 14-2015]
A. 
Establishment. The Sustainable Moorestown Green Team (hereinafter "Green Team") be and is hereby established as an advisory committee to the Township Council.
B. 
Purpose. The general purposes for the Green Team shall include but not be limited to:
(1) 
Managing Moorestown's participation in the Sustainable Jersey program;
(2) 
Encouraging the Township staff to pursue sustainable practices where possible and implement the Township Council's economic, social and environmental goals;
(3) 
Work with the existing groups within the Township whose actions affect economic, social and environmental issues so as to eliminate duplication and assure that important tasks are covered;
(4) 
Coordinate input for the website;
(5) 
Provide suggestions for further research and action to the Township Council;
(6) 
Provide advice and suggestions to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Environmental Advisory Committee to assure that economic, social and environmental issues are considered in their deliberations and actions;
(7) 
Manage and organize various ad hoc environmental groups within the Township;
(8) 
Solicit and evaluate economic, social and environmental ideas and suggestions from the community; and
(9) 
Promote the causes of sustainability within the Township.
C. 
Membership; term of office.
(1) 
The Moorestown Township Council shall appoint nine Township residents to serve as the Green Team. The Green Team shall elect from among its members a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer.
(2) 
Initially, five members shall be appointed with a term ending December 31, 2016, and four members with a term ending December 31, 2015. Thereafter, all terms shall be for two years.
(3) 
The Green Team shall select Township volunteers to work on Green Team projects. The names of the Green Team volunteers shall be periodically submitted to the Director of Community Development.
D. 
Meetings. The Green Team shall meet monthly. Additional meetings of the Green Team may be scheduled by the Chair at his/her discretion.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 6-45.4, Citizens Advisory Committee for Low- and Moderate-Income Housing, added 11-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1498-89, was repealed 7-14-1997 by Ord. No. 1827-97. See now § 6-44.