[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown 12-12-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be entitled "Resident Handicapped On-Street Parking."
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a restricted parking zone, by ordinance, in front of a residence occupied by a handicapped person, which person has been issued a windshield placard or wheelchair symbol license plates for the vehicle owned by the handicapped person.
This chapter is enacted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-197.6, which does confer upon the Township a right to establish resident handicapped on-street parking in order to preserve and safeguard the public health, safety and welfare.
Criteria for resident handicapped parking are as follows:
The person requesting on-street resident handicapped parking is a resident of Blairstown Township who shall make application to the Blairstown Township Police Department. The application shall be reviewed by the Police Director of Blairstown Township. The Police Director shall issue a report to the Township Committee within 20 days of receipt of the application regarding the application.
The person requesting on-street resident handicapped parking has been issued a wheelchair symbol license plate or windshield placard issued by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, which is properly displayed in either the handicapped resident's vehicle, or the vehicle of an immediate family member who also resides with the handicapped person.
The subject property passes an on-site inspection by the Blairstown Township Police Department, which inspection shall determine whether handicapped parking will interfere with the normal flow of traffic, or whether there is immediate adjacent off-street parking available to the applicant.
The applicant complies with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-138(o) and 39:4-197.6 regulating handicapped parking in designated spaces.
Upon receipt of the Police Director's report and recommendation regarding an application, the Township Committee will make a determination as to whether to approve or disapprove said application. In the event of approval, the Township will enact an appropriate ordinance designating the name of the subject street, the side of that street where the resident resides, and a description of the allowed parking area in front of the subject residence. Such designation shall be within the property lines of the subject residence, but otherwise shall be subject to the discretion of the Township Committee.
Any person improperly parking in a properly designated resident handicapped restricted parking space shall be subject to the penalties provided by law.