Township of Washington, NJ
Morris County
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[Amended 10-15-1990 by Ord. No. 34-90]
As defined under Chapter 111, Land Use Procedures, Article VI, Definitions.
[Amended 12-18-1978 by Ord. No. 36-78; 2-18-1980 by Ord. No. 7-80; 11-17-1980 by Ord. No. 54-80; 7-20-1981 by Ord. No. 29-81; 12-21-1981 by Ord. No. 50-81; 2-21-1983 by Ord. No. 2-83; 12-17-1984 by Ord. No. 33-84; 7-21-1986 by Ord. No. 23-86; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 28-87; 7-20-1992 by Ord. No. 12-92]
The following fees shall be required for site plan approval:
A. 
Application for site plan approval.
(1) 
The following application fees covering administration and overhead shall be charged to the applicant for a site plan and shall be collected by the Township at the time of submission of an application to the Planning Board for approval:
(a) 
Preliminary site plans:
[1] 
Preliminary site plan, nonresidential: $1,000, plus $100 per 1,000 square feet of floor area; residential: $1,000, plus $200 per unit.
[Amended 6-17-2002 by Ord. No. 23-02]
[2] 
Amendment or extension of preliminary site plan: 25% of the preliminary site plan application fee.
[3] 
Wireless telecommunications installations where a new tower is proposed: $1,000.
[Added 3-17-1997 by Ord. No. 9-97]
[4] 
In addition to the fees required above, for any application involving a geologic investigation pursuant to Chapter 175, Subdivision of Land, § 175-30, $35 per 1,000 square feet of building area and paved driveway/parking area included in the Carbonate Area District.
[Added 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 4-98]
(b) 
Final site plans:
[1] 
Final site plan, agricultural: $1,000; nonresidential other than agricultural: $1,000, plus $100 per 1,000 square feet of floor area; residential: $1,000, plus $80 per unit.
[Amended 6-17-2002 by Ord. No. 23-02; 7-16-2012 by Ord. No. 13-12]
[2] 
Amendment or extension of final site plan approval: 25% of final site plan application fee.
(c) 
Minor site plans.
[Amended 5-16-1994 by Ord. No. 7-94]
[1] 
Minor site plan: $300.
[Amended 6-17-2002 by Ord. No. 23-02]
[2] 
Amendment or extension of minor site plan approval: $150.
[3] 
Waiver of site plan: $100.
[Amended 6-17-2002 by Ord. No. 23-02]
[4] 
Wireless telecommunications installations where a new tower is not proposed: $400.
[Added 3-17-1997 by Ord. No. 9-97]
(d) 
Conditional uses: $250.
[Added 4-18-2011 by Ord. No. 03-11]
(2) 
The following deposits shall be submitted by the developer at the time of submission of an application to the Planning Board for approval. Said deposit shall cover the cost of engineering, legal and professional planner review and documentation fees and disbursements.
[Amended 7-19-1993 by Ord. No. 21-93; 2-19-1996 by Ord. No. 4-96]
(a) 
Preliminary site plans:
[1] 
Preliminary site plan: $2,500 for up to 1,000 square feet of lot area, plus $5 per 1,000 square feet of additional lot area, plus $60 per 1,000 square feet of building area and paved driveway/parking area, except that for agricultural uses, the fee shall be $2,500, plus $5 per 1,000 square feet, or any portion thereof, proposed to be disturbed, plus $60 per 1,000 square feet of building area and paved driveway/parking area.
[Amended 6-17-2002 by Ord. No. 23-02; 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 05-12]
[2] 
Amendment or extension of preliminary site plan approval: 25% of preliminary site plan review fee deposit.
[3] 
Wireless telecommunication installations where a new tower is proposed: $5,000.
[Added 3-17-1997 by Ord. No. 9-97]
(b) 
Final site plans:
[1] 
Final site plan: 50% of the preliminary site plan deposit.
[2] 
Amendment or extension of final site plan approval: 25% of final site plan review fee deposit.
(c) 
Minor site plans.
[1] 
Minor site plan: $350 for up to 600 square feet of building area.
[2] 
Amendment or extension of minor site plan approval: 25% of minor site plan review fee deposit.
[3] 
Wireless telecommunications installations where a new tower is not proposed: $2,000.
[Added 3-17-1997 by Ord. No. 9-97]
[4] 
Waiver of site plan: $250.
[Added 4-18-2011 by Ord. No. 03-11]
(d) 
Conditional uses: $500.
[Added 4-18-2011 by Ord. No. 03-11]
B. 
Fees for inspection of a site plan by the Township Engineer to ensure compliance. The inspection fee deposit shall be the greater of $500 or 5% of the estimated cost of improvements as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53h. Payment shall be made prior to the start of construction.
[Amended 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 38-95; 5-21-2001 by Ord. No. 12-01]
C. 
Payment in installments.
[Added 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 38-95[1]]
(1) 
For those developments for which the reasonably anticipated inspection fees are less than $10,000, fees may, at the option of the developer, be paid in two installments. The initial amount deposited shall be 50% of the reasonably anticipated fees as calculated by the Township Engineer. When the balance on deposit drops to 10% of the reasonably anticipated fees because the amount deposited by the developer has been reduced by payments to the Township Engineer and Attorneys in connection with inspections, the developer shall deposit the remaining 50% of the anticipated fees immediately upon receipt of a request from the Chief Financial Officer.
(2) 
For those developments for which the reasonably anticipated inspection fees are $10,000 or greater, fees may, at the option of the developer, be paid in four installments. The initial amount deposited by a developer shall be 25% of the reasonably anticipated fees as calculated by the Township Engineer. When the balance on deposit drops to 10% of the reasonably anticipated fees because the amount deposited by the developer has been reduced by payments to the Township Engineer and attorneys in connection with inspections, the developer shall make additional deposits of 25% of the reasonably anticipated fees. The Township Engineer shall not perform any inspection except required health and safety inspections if sufficient funds to pay for those inspections are not on deposit.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections C, D and E as Subsections D, E and F, respectively.
D. 
List of persons (improvements) within 200 feet: $10.
[Amended 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 38-95]
E. 
Tabulation and appeal of review fees.
[Amended 7-19-1993 by Ord. No. 21-93; 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 38-95]
(1) 
The Chief Financial Officer shall tabulate the costs of the Engineer, planner and attorneys, their staffs and any outside consultants required when an application is of a nature beyond the scope of the expertise of the professionals normally utilized by the Township, for a proper review and documentation pursuant to vouchers submitted by the professionals identifying the personnel performing the service and stating the date the services were performed, the hours spent to one-fourth-hour increments, the hourly rate and the expenses incurred. All charges and fees shall be established by resolution of the governing body. Expenses shall be actual out-of-pocket expenses of any such professionals or consultants, including normal and typical expenses incurred in processing applications. Vouchers shall be submitted monthly to the Chief Financial Officer with a copy to the developer. These costs shall be deducted from the engineering/planning/legal review fee escrow deposit and paid to the professionals by the Chief Financial Officer. Where the reasonable and necessary review costs exceed or are anticipated to exceed the review fee deposit, the developer shall pay the additional amount prior to the signing of any site plan. Failure to remit the additional required deposit within 15 days of the request shall render the application incomplete, and no further proceedings or action shall be taken by the Planning Board until after compliance.
(2) 
The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare and send to the developer a statement which shall include an accounting of funds listing all deposits, interest earnings, disbursements and the cumulative balance of the escrow account. This statement shall be provided quarterly, if monthly charges are $1,000 or less, or monthly, if monthly charges exceed $1,000.
(3) 
After the final site plan has been signed, the developer shall send written notice by certified mail to the Chief Financial Officer, the Planning Board, the Township Engineer and other relevant professional that the application is completed. After receipt of such notice, the Engineer and/or other professional shall submit a final voucher to the Chief Financial Officer within 30 days with a copy to the developer. The Chief Financial Officer shall render a written final accounting to the developer on the status of the escrow within 45 days of receipt of the final bill, together with any balance remaining in the account, including interest, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.1.
(4) 
Within 15 days of the tabulation of review costs and notification of the developer by the Chief Financial Officer, the developer shall have the right to appeal said tabulation by so notifying the Township Committee, in writing, with copies to the Chief Financial Officer, the Planning Board and any relevant professional, provided that any additional fees or amounts required by the Planning Board to be paid prior to the signing of any site plan or issuance of a building permit must be paid by the developer prior to the bringing of any such appeal. Upon receipt of any such appeal, the Planning Board shall review the same and make a recommendation thereon to the Township Committee within 45 days. The Township Committee shall then decide the proper review fee to be charged, based upon information provided by both the developer and the Planning Board. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the developer, the developer may appeal to the County Construction Board of Appeals, established under P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-127), any charge to an escrow account or a deposit by any municipal professional or consultant pursuant to the procedure set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.2.
F. 
Tabulation and appeal of inspection fees.
[Added 7-19-1993 by Ord. No. 21-93; 12-18-1995 by Ord. No. 38-95]
(1) 
The Chief Financial Officer shall tabulate the costs of the Township Engineer, Attorneys, their staff and any outside consultants required for construction inspection and related costs. Related costs shall include travel time, conferences and review of plans relating to inspection and engineering/attorney costs relating to developer's agreements, deeds, posting of guaranties, release of guaranties, acceptance and any other out-of-pocket costs related thereto. The costs shall be pursuant to vouchers submitted by the professionals identifying the personnel performing the service and stating the date the services were performed, the hours spent to one-fourth-hour increments, the hourly rate and expenses incurred. All such charges and costs shall be established by resolution of the governing body. Vouchers shall be submitted monthly to the Chief Financial Officer with a copy to the developer. The cost shall be deducted by the Chief Financial Officer from the inspection fee deposit and paid to the professionals by the Chief Financial Officer. Where the reasonable and necessary inspection costs exceed or are anticipated to exceed the inspection fee deposit, the developer shall pay the additional amount within 15 days of request by the Chief Financial Officer.
(2) 
The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare and send to the developer a statement which shall include an accounting of funds listing all deposits, interest earnings, disbursements and the cumulative balance of the inspection fee deposit account. This statement shall be provided quarterly, if monthly charges are $1,000 or less or monthly, if monthly charges exceed $1,000.
(3) 
After the improvements have been approved by the Township Committee, the developer shall send written notice by certified mail to the Chief Financial Officer and the Planning Board, the Township Engineer and other relevant professional that the application is complete. After receipt of such notice, the Engineer and/or other professional shall submit a final voucher to the Chief Financial Officer within 30 days with a copy to the developer. The Chief Financial Officer shall render a written final accounting to the developer on the status of the inspection fee deposit within 45 days of receipt of the final bill, together with any balance remaining in the account, including interest, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.1.
(4) 
Within 15 days of the tabulation of costs of inspections and notification of the developer of such costs by the Chief Financial Officer, the developer shall have the right to appeal the same by so notifying the Township Committee, in writing, with copies to the Chief Financial Officer, the Planning Board and any relevant professional, provided that any costs required to be paid prior to the start of construction or prior to any inspection shall be paid prior to the commencement of any such appeal. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Township Administrator shall review the same and make a recommendation thereon to the Township Committee within 45 days. The Township Committee shall then decide the proper inspection fee to be charged based upon information provided by both the developer and the Township Administrator. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the developer, the developer may appeal to the County Construction Board of Appeals established under P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-127), any charge to an inspection fee account or a deposit by any municipal professional or consultant pursuant to the procedure set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.2.
G. 
Fees for inspection of fire-protection systems installed pursuant to § 159-46. The inspection fee shall be $175 per tank, which shall cover all inspections prior to acceptance of the fire-protection system by the Township. Payment shall be made at the same time as the engineering inspection fees.
[Added 5-20-2002 by Ord. No. 18-02]