[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mendham 4-12-2004 by Ord. No. 7-2004 (Sec. 28-3 of the 1998 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Public or private fire lanes or fire apparatus access roads shall be required in the Township where the Township Fire Official or Township Fire Protection Subcode Official deems them necessary for the efficient and effective operation of fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles. As part of the Fire Official's review of a development application submitted to the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment and as part of the Fire Protection Subcode Official's review of an application for a construction permit, the Fire Official or Fire Protection Subcode Official shall consider whether a fire lane should be required. Proposed fire lanes shall not conflict with prior approvals of the Planning or Zoning Board or which are the result of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
Fire lanes required by this section or by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq., or the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23-1 et seq., shall comply with the following standards:
Fire lanes shall provide unobstructed access to fire hydrants, drafting points, building entrances and exits to permit support of installed fire protection systems, prompt evacuation of building occupants, interior access for firefighting equipment and personnel and exterior access for aerial, ladder or other elevated platform situations.
Before the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, any public or private road may be designated as a fire lane by the Fire Official and may be widened to accommodate passage of fire apparatus if required due to its length or accessibility to water supplies, firefighting or rescue operations.
Fire lanes and bridges carrying fire lanes shall be designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of fire apparatus and shall be surfaced to provide all-weather driving capabilities with an asphalt, concrete or other surface approved by the Fire Official.
Fire lanes shall have a minimum width of 18 feet and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet six inches, except that fire lanes servicing a building equipped with fully automatic fire sprinklers shall be 12 feet in width and may have a surface other than in Subsection C above if approved by the Fire Official.
Fire lanes shall not exceed the grade required by Township ordinance for private roads.
Fire lane gates may be required by the Fire Official and shall comply with the required lane width in the open position. The design, operation and locking of gates shall be approved by the Fire Official.
The design of fire lanes shall conform to the provisions set forth in this chapter and shall be approved by the Fire Official.
The Fire Official may approve requests for variances from the design standards of this section with the concurrence of the Mendham Township Bureau of Fire Prevention. No variance shall be granted unless the Fire Official shall find that strict compliance with the standard would result in undue hardship and that the variance, if granted, will not unreasonably jeopardize the safety of Township residents, firefighters and the public in general. The standards and procedures for variances set forth in the Uniform Fire Safety Act, specifically N.J.S.A. 52:27D-200, and in the Uniform Fire Code, specifically N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.14, shall apply and be followed.
The property owner shall be responsible for marking and maintaining any fire lane located on the owner's property as it was originally designed and approved. All signage and supplementary markings of fire lanes shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and replaced when necessary to ensure adequate visibility. Fire lanes shall be maintained clear of ice, snow, vehicles and obstructions by the owner of the property.