Township of Moorestown, NJ
Burlington County
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[Amended 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008]
The SRI Specially Restricted Industrial District is designed to encourage office, administrative, laboratory research centers, a variety of light manufacturing and warehouse uses developed as part of a planned industrial park in a campus-type theme. The SRI District is intended to encourage only those types of uses which would not constitute a hazard or a nuisance to the residents of adjacent areas and which would contribute to the continuation of appropriate development within and adjacent to the district.
[Amended 5-14-1984 by Ord. No. 1216; 4-5-1993 by Ord. No. 1647-93; 9-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1937-00; 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008]
A. 
In the SRI Specially Restricted Industrial District, the following uses, and no others, of land and buildings are permitted:
(1) 
Municipal uses.
(2) 
Agricultural use, for the growing and harvesting of crops, including nurseries.
(3) 
A roadside stand for the sale of farm products, provided that such stand shall be located on a lot of at least five acres being used for the growing and harvesting of crops and shall be situated no less than 30 feet from any street line. The following restrictions shall apply:
(a) 
Minor site plan approval shall be required for such stands not in existence on September 1, 1992.
(b) 
Such stands shall not be used during the months of January, February and March.
(4) 
An office building or offices or corporate headquarters for an administrative, executive, business, utility, professional or similar organization.
(5) 
Gyms, health clubs and indoor sports facilities.
(6) 
Child-care centers.
B. 
Accessory uses:
(1) 
Signs.
(2) 
Outdoor storage in accordance with performance standards in § 180-71J.
(3) 
Employee cafeterias.
(4) 
Other uses customarily incidental to the principal use.
C. 
The following uses shall be permitted subject to meeting and following the conditions set forth in Subsection D and the performance standards in § 180-71 below:
(1) 
Scientific research or development laboratory devoted to research, design, and/or experimentation.
(2) 
Warehouse/distribution.
(3) 
Light manufacturing or the assembling or repairing or packaging of products.
(4) 
Printing, publishing or engraving.
(5) 
Light industrial uses.
(6) 
Food processing.
(7) 
Manufacture or preparation of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies.
(8) 
Seasonal warehouse sales.
D. 
Conditions of use.
(1) 
All activities, except for vehicles and personnel entering and exiting the site, shall be contained within the building.
(2) 
No measurable vibration shall be permitted beyond the property line.
(3) 
No tractor trailers may enter or exit the property between the hours of 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
(4) 
No motor vehicles shall run idle on the property, subject to NJDEP standards (NJAC 7:27-14.3, as amended), between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day.
(5) 
No trucks shall operate between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. within 100 feet of a residential district boundary or residential property line.
(6) 
No buildings, parking lots, driveways, outdoor storage and solid waste stations shall be located within 100 feet of a residential district boundary or residential property line.
(7) 
Adequate water and sewer service must be available for the proposed use. Prior to issuance of a permit, the Department of Public Works shall review and approve the proposed use.
(8) 
The Fire District shall review and approve the proposed use in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.) and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
(9) 
The Construction Official shall review and approve the proposed use in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23 et seq.) and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
E. 
The following are prohibited uses:
(1) 
Truck terminals.
(2) 
Self-service storage facilities.
(3) 
Heavy industrial uses.
(4) 
Retail uses not including warehouse sales.
(5) 
Uses which utilize in process any substance listed in N.J.A.C. 7:27, Appendix 1, Table 1, Toxic Air Pollutants To Be Reported in Emission Statements.
(6) 
Uses that involve fabrication, research, experimentation or warehousing of explosives, industrial solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides, biohazards, liquid petroleum products, or other hazardous and/or flammable chemicals as defined as having any NFPA rating of greater than one in any category or process.
(7) 
Gas stations or fueling stations.
(8) 
Garden centers, selling landscaping equipment and tools and/or landscaping supplies, including but not limited to fertilizers, pesticides, topsoil, decorative stone or mulch.
[Amended 6-8-1981 by Ord. No. 1082]
In all Specially Restricted Industrial Districts the following area restrictions and regulations are established, except as provided in § 180-72 hereof for planned industrial districts:
A. 
Area, yard, height and other bulk requirements.
[Amended 9-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1936-00; 10-28-2002 by Ord. No. 2013-02; 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008]
(1) 
Minimum lot: 120,000 square feet.
(2) 
Minimum lot frontage: 200 feet.
(3) 
Minimum lot width at the building line: 200 feet.
(4) 
Yards:
(a) 
Front: 100 feet minimum along main thoroughfares; 75 feet minimum along other streets.
(b) 
Side: 50 feet minimum each.
(c) 
Rear: 25 feet minimum.
(5) 
Impervious surface:
(a) 
Building: 35%.
(b) 
Total coverage: 60%.
(6) 
No building shall exceed three stories or 45 feet in height; provided, however, that structures housing auxiliary mechanical equipment, the use of which is incidental to the permitted use, may exceed the actual building height by no more than 12 feet.
(7) 
All auxiliary structures housing rooftop mechanical equipment shall be screened from ground level views with a visually impervious structure architecturally compatible with the exterior materials of the building’s facade. If the required screening is not achieved by such structure, the equipment screen shall be set back a minimum of 15 feet from the vertical plane established by the facade of the uppermost floor. The total area encompassed by the mechanical equipment screening shall not exceed 45% of the total roof area.
B. 
Landscaping of yards.
[Amended 11-14-2005 by Ord. No. 32-2005]
(1) 
Along each street line a landscape buffer of at least 50 feet in width shall be provided. If the abutting street(s) is(are) a major thoroughfare(s), the landscape buffer(s) shall include a six-foot-high berm(s), designed in accordance with the standards of § 158-26.
(2) 
Along each side property line a landscape buffer of at least 10 feet in width or 5% of the average lot width, whichever is larger, up to a maximum of 25 feet, shall be provided.
(3) 
Along each rear property line a landscape buffer of at least 10 feet in depth shall be provided.
C. 
Residential landscape buffer.
(1) 
Along any residential district boundary line or along any line of a lot on which a residential use is located, a landscape buffer of at least 75 feet in width or three times the height of the nonresidential building, whichever is greater, shall be provided. A four- to six-foot-high berm shall be provided within the landscape buffer.
[Amended 7-13-1981 by Ord. No. 1085; 6-27-1988 by Ord. No. 1359; 11-14-2005 by Ord. No. 32-2005]
(2) 
When the residential district boundary line is within a railroad right-of-way, the landscape buffer may be reduced to 50 feet in width.
[Amended 11-14-2005 by Ord. No. 32-2005]
(3) 
No industrial or commercial building which is located within 500 feet of a residence district boundary line, other than a Low- and Moderate-Income Residence District (L-M R), shall have any wall facing such a residence district which is longer than 300 linear feet nor a loading platform facing such a residence district.
[Amended 6-24-1991 by Ord. No. 1576-91]
(4) 
The foregoing requirements with respect to plantings, building and loading platform locations and building lengths may be modified by the Planning Board at the time of site plan review and public hearing wherever existing barriers such as parks, railroads, highways, streams, berms, wooded areas or other features serve as an effective buffer between an SRI Specially Restricted Industrial and a residence district.
D. 
Off-street parking.
(1) 
Off-street parking shall be provided according to the requirements of Article XXIII, § 180-73, of this chapter.
(2) 
Any parking which fronts on a street, whether in front of a building or to the side or rear of a building, i.e., on corner lots, shall be suitably screened from the street by a combination of landscaping materials, earth mounds and walls at least four feet in height.
(3) 
It is the policy of the Township of Moorestown that on-street parking shall not be permitted in areas owned Specially Restricted Industrial (SRI). Parking standards, as included herein, are considered as minimums, and it is the owner's and/or user's responsibility to provide additional parking as warranted.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection E, Loading and unloading, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008.
[Amended 11-17-2008 by Ord. No. 18-2008]
The following performance standards shall be met for permitted uses, accessory uses and conditional uses:
A. 
No noise greater than that provided by the New Jersey Noise Control Statutes (N.J.A.C. 7:29 et seq., as amended) shall be permitted.
B. 
No noxious odor shall be emitted that is detectable by the human olfactory sense at or beyond an adjacent property line.
C. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 180-69E(6) above, for any activity involving or resulting in the manufacture, utilization or storage of flammable, combustible and/or explosive materials, such utilization and storage shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.) and all referenced standards therein, whichever is more restrictive.
D. 
No material or wastes shall be deposited upon a lot in such form or manner that may be transferred off the lot by natural causes or forces or be allowed to enter the air or any stream, watercourse or wetland.
E. 
Outdoor storage shall not be stored in a manner that constitutes a fire hazard or be edible or otherwise attractive to rodents or insects.
F. 
All permanent outdoor solid waste receptacles shall be screened on all sides by a fence or wall no less than six feet in height. In no case shall the receptacle be visible. Receptacles shall not be permitted closer than 15 feet to any building located on the site.
G. 
Trucks and trailers used in conjunction with activities conducted on each site shall be parked only in spaces designated for same on a site plan.
H. 
Loading docks shall not face adjacent residential properties or streets. Loading docks shall be suitably screened from the street and residential properties or views by appropriate landscaping, evergreen trees, berm, walls, fences or combinations thereof to a height which will screen any parked vehicle.
I. 
No industrial or commercial building which is located within 500 feet of a residence district boundary line or residential property line shall have any continuous wall plane facing such district or property which is longer than 100 linear feet without architectural and landscaping features to vary the texture and visual appearance of the wall. The total maximum length of such wall shall be 300 feet.
J. 
Outdoor storage of materials and products shall not be permitted in a front yard or a side yard abutting a street, but may be permitted elsewhere on a lot if screened from the view from any point off the premises by means of a wall, planting or opaque fence no greater than 10 feet in height. The screening must be accompanied by landscaping which must include a combination of evergreen and deciduous materials designed in conjunction with the overall site landscaping plan. Materials stored within an outside storage area shall not be stacked higher than the height of the screening material. An opening of adequate size shall be provided in order to facilitate fire-fighting operations.
[Amended 6-8-1981 by Ord. No. 1082]
In order to provide for greater efficiencies in the design and development of lots within a Specially Restricted Industrial District, the following special modifications of the area restrictions of § 180-70 are established for a planned industrial development when such modifications are approved by the Planning Board, after a determination that such proposed development complies with the following requirements:
A. 
Minimum tract. The tract of the land to be developed under the provisions of this section shall have a minimum area of 30 acres and shall be in one ownership or shall be the subject of an application filed jointly by all owners of the tract.
B. 
Lot area and yards. The lot area of not more than 50% of the lots in the tract may be reduced to not less than 66,000 square feet, provided that the lot width of 200 feet at the building line is maintained. Lots on culs-de-sac may be designed with 150 feet of width at the building line, as long as the average width of each such lot is 200 feet. The following minimum yard and coverage requirements shall pertian to all lots in a planned industrial development, except for lots fronting on major arterial routes, minor arterial routes or collector streets as defined in the circulation plan element of the Master Plan, which lots must be developed according to § 180-70 of this article:
(1) 
Front yard:
(a) 
Fifty feet.
(b) 
The long side of a corner lot: 40 feet.
(2) 
Side yards: two side yards of not less than 25 feet each; provided, however, that the Board may permit the reduction of one side yard to 20 feet if it finds such reduction to be necessary to accommodate loading facilities.
(3) 
Rear yard: 25 feet.
(4) 
Lot coverage: Not more than 35% of the area of any lot may be occupied by buildings, and not more than 65% of any lot may be occupied by buildings, paving or other impervious surfaces.
[Amended 10-28-2002 by Ord. No. 2013-02]
C. 
Height. The height of a building at any point on the lot shall not exceed the distance between that point and the nearest lot line, up to a maximum of 45 feet.
D. 
Findings. In addition to the above criteria, the Planning Board must find the facts and draw conclusions required in the Municipal Land Use Law for planned developments. (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-45).
E. 
Procedure.
(1) 
Applications for planned industrial developments utilizing the special area requirements of this section shall include an application for preliminary subdivision approval and a concept or sketch plan showing the proposed configuration of streets and lots in relation to adjoining areas, possible buildings, parking and outside storage locations and drainage and other proposed facilities. An informal meeting with the Planning Board is encouraged prior to the official submission.
(2) 
Development of proposed public improvements can proceed only after preliminary approval of an application for subdivision and the approval of construction plans by the Township Engineer, the Director of Public Works and the Director of Community Development. Specific sites may not be developed until final subdivision and site plans have been approved and subdivision plats have been filed.
(3) 
All other restrictions and regulations of § 180-70 which are not modified by the foregoing special area requirements shall apply within a planned industrial development.