[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony 11-3-1970; amended in its entirety 6-9-1983 by Ord. No. 0:83-6. Sections 159-1, 159-2, 159-3, 159-4, 159-6, 159-7 and 159-9 amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- TRAILER OR CAMPER
- Any vehicle or combination thereof used, designed or intended for use or occupancy as living or sleeping quarters for one (1) or more persons, designed to be moved occasionally from one location to another by means of wheels affixed to an axle or carriage affixed to the vehicle, whether propelled by its own power or by the power of another vehicle to which it may be attached and whether the axle or carriage to which the wheels may be affixed is detachable or detached and irrespective of the name or title assigned or designated by the manufacturer of the unit or any other person.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or permit to be parked any trailer or camper on any street, road or highway in the Township of Harmony in violation of this chapter or any other ordinance of the Township of Harmony regulating the parking of vehicles or for any period longer than two (2) hours, except as herein specifically provided by this chapter.
Except as otherwise permitted by this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to park or locate any trailer or camper on any premises within the limits of the Township of Harmony, except those temporarily used for field offices on construction projects. No such trailer shall be used as a dwelling or for sleeping purposes.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained, the following shall not be deemed to fall within the purview of this chapter and shall constitute exceptions thereto:
A trailer or camper, although designed for living or sleeping purposes, provided that it is at all times unoccupied, may be parked at the rear of such residential properties as are occupied by the owner of such trailer or camper. However, no more than two (2) trailers or campers shall at any given time be parked by such owner upon a residential property occupied by him pursuant to the provisions of this subsection. The within provision shall apply to all lands located within the Township of Harmony and shall permit the parking of such unoccupied trailer(s) or camper(s), provided that the same are placed only in the side or rear yard and in compliance with the rear and side yard setbacks applicable to accessory structures in the zone district in which the property upon which the trailer(s) or camper(s) is sought to be parked is located.
Only within the portion of the R-100 Zone located between the Delaware River and the railroad right-of-way which is located within the R-100 Zone and which runs approximately parallel to the Delaware River as designated on the Official Zoning Map of the Township of Harmony, being an area found by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony to be historically devoted to actual use for recreational purposes, which recreational purposes the provisions of this chapter are intended to recognize and regulate, a trailer or camper shall be permitted to be occupied for temporary residential living or sleeping purposes during the period of June 1 through September 10, inclusive, in any calendar year, provided that the following conditions shall at all times be met:
A special permit for such activity shall have first been obtained from the Zoning Officer of Harmony Township, upon the payment of a fee of ten dollars ($10.) for a permit permitting occupancy on a temporary basis as set forth above for a period not exceeding fifteen (15) consecutive days during the period set forth above or upon payment of a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.) for temporary occupancy during any consecutive period greater than fifteen (15) days during the period set forth above.
Said permits shall only be valid during the period commencing June 1 through September 10, inclusive, of any calendar year in which said permit shall have been obtained.
No permit as herein provided shall be issued unless the proposed trailer or camper to be placed upon a property or to be utilized for living or sleeping purposes as herein provided shall be on a property which has already located thereon a principal permitted residential use and dwelling house.
There shall be a limit of one (1) permit per residence or lot issued in any calendar year.
Any permit issued for a term of occupancy of fifteen (15) days or less as provided for in subsection B(l) above shall be issued to the vehicle to be occupied by description of the vehicle and by reference to the vehicle identification number and shall not be construed as permitting any other vehicle, other than the one for which the permit was specifically issued, to be occupied in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
The residents or occupants of said trailer or camper shall not be permitted to utilize the toilet facilities located in the same unless and until said facilities are connected to an approved septic system already located on the residential lot.
All trailers and campers shall be located so as to comply with the minimum front yard setback requirements applicable to principal residential structures located within the R-100 Residential Zone and shall also comply with the minimum required side yard setback distances applicable to accessory structures within said zone.
In the event that the residential dwelling upon the premises is damaged extensively by fire, tornado or other disaster so as to render the dwelling uninhabitable, which, for the purpose of this chapter, shall be deemed to be when the structure has been so damaged or destroyed as to render it hazardous to the health, safety and well-being of anyone who might occupy it, the Zoning Officer, upon making such a determination, may, upon payment of a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.) therefor, issue a temporary permit permitting occupancy of a trailer or camper designed for living or sleeping purposes for occupancy by the occupant of the residential dwelling, subject to the following conditions:
[Added 4-18-1985 by Ord. No. 0:85-2]
That the temporary permit for occupancy shall be valid for a period of six (6) months from the date of issuance of the same and it shall be nonrenewable.
That occupancy of the trailer or camper by the residents shall not be permitted, nor shall a temporary permit be issued therefor, until the toilet facilities located in the same are connected to an approved septic system already located on the residential lot, the trailer or camper is connected to the well previously located on the residential lot to the end that an independent water supply shall be available therefor and electrical service is made available for the trailer or camper through Jersey Central Power and Light Company.
That, upon expiration of the temporary permit for occupancy of the trailer or camper, the same shall forthwith be removed from the premises.
Trailer parks, tourist camps, camp parks and trailer camps are hereby prohibited within the limits of the Township of Harmony.
A nonresident visiting a resident of the Township of Harmony may, with the consent of such resident, lawfully park a trailer or camper upon such resident's premises for a period not in excess of thirty (30) days; provided, however, that such person shall have first obtained a special permit therefor, which shall be issued as a matter of course by the Township Zoning Officer upon payment of a fee of ten dollars ($10.). Special permits shall be valid for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of issuance, and at no time shall more than one (1) nonresident's trailer or camper be parked, pursuant to this subsection, upon any premises within the township, nor shall more than one (1) special permit be issued for any trailer or camper within this classification during a given calendar year.
This chapter shall not be applicable to any trailers or campers existing and maintained within the Township of Harmony as of November 3, 1970, being the date of adoption, on final reading by the Township Committee of the Township of Harmony, of the original ordinance to which the within is an amendment.
Such trailers and trailer camps shall be subject to any other existing ordinance or ordinances, and the facilities of such trailers and trailer camps may not be expanded or enlarged.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to any combination of the following:
A fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.).
A term of imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days.
A term of community service not to exceed ninety (90) days.