[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Toms River 11-27-2012 by Ord. No. 4387-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect and promote the public health through the control of the growth of invasive plant species.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- INVASIVE PLANTS
- All native and non-native vines and vegetation that grow out of place and are competitive, persistent, and pernicious. These plants may damage trees, vegetation, or structures. Examples include, but are not limited to, bamboo (spreading or running type), ragweed, multiflora rose, kudzu-vine and poison ivy or oak.
All persons must control the growth of invasive plants. Failure to control the spread of such vegetation beyond the boundaries of a resident's property is a violation of this chapter.
All places and premises in the Township of Toms River shall be subject to inspection by the enforcing officer. Such inspections shall be performed by such person, persons or agency duly authorized and appointed by the Township of Toms River. An inspection shall be made if that official has reason to believe that any section of this chapter is being violated.
Whenever an invasive plant, as defined by this chapter, is found on any plot of land, lot or any other premises or place, a violation notice shall be given to the owner, in writing, to remove or abate the violation within such time as shall be specified in such notice.
The cost of abatement shall be borne by the property owner.
If the owner fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the enforcing official may remove or otherwise control the invasive plant species and the Township may thereafter recover the cost of such removal from the property owner and place a lien on the property to recover the cost of invasive plant removal.
Any person, partnership, limited-liability company, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the maximum fines and penalties established under N.J.S.A. 40:49-5 and 40:69A-29, and as same shall be amended from time to time. Each and every day a violation of this chapter shall exist shall constitute a separate violation.