Township of West Caldwell, NJ
Essex County
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[Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1272 adopted on May 16, 1995 amended and supplemented the Land Use Procedures Ordinances in entirety. Prior ordinance history includes Ordinance Nos. 888 and 936 and 1993 Code Chapter 18A.]
[Ord. No. 1272]
This chapter shall be known as the Land Use Procedures Ordinance of the Township of West Caldwell.
[Ord. No. 1272]
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority of the Municipal Land Use Law, Chapter 291, Laws of New Jersey, 1975, (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.), as amended.
[Ord. No. 1272]
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be minimum requirements.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
All mandatory provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.) are hereby adopted and shall be read in pari materia with this chapter.
b. 
It is not intended by this chapter to repeal, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with existing provisions of other laws or ordinances, or any private restrictions placed upon property by covenant, deed or other private agreement unless repugnant hereto. Where this chapter imposes a greater restriction upon the use of buildings or premises or upon the height of buildings or lot coverage, or requires greater lot areas, or larger yards, or other open spaces than are imposed or required by such existing provisions of law or ordinance or by such rules, regulations or permits or by such private restrictions, the provisions of this chapter shall control.
[Ord. No. 1272]
It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to promote, encourage and maintain the purposes of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-2).
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1418 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 1463 § 1; Ord. No. 1487 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 1522 §§ 10, 11; Ord. No. 1534 § 1; Ord. No. 1580 § I; Ord. No. 1729, § 11; Ord. No. 1745 § 1; Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1; Ord. No. 1802-2017]
Definitions as set forth in the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-3 et seq.) are hereby adopted and are hereby supplemented by the definitions hereinafter set forth. For the purposes of this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ACCESSORY BUILDING OR STRUCTURE
Shall mean a subordinate building or structure on the same lot with the principal building occupied or devoted exclusively to an accessory use. Where an accessory building or structure is attached to, or a portion of, the principal building, such accessory building or structure shall be considered part of the principal building.
ACCESSORY USE
Shall mean a use naturally and normally incidental and subordinate to the principal use of the premises.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Shall mean the clerk or secretary of an applicable Township agency unless a different Township official or officials are herein specifically designated.
ALTERATION OF BUILDING
Shall mean a change in the supporting members of a building, an addition to or reduction of a building, a change in use, a conversion of a building or a part thereof, or removal of a building from one location to another.
APARTMENT
See Dwelling.
BUFFER AREA
Shall mean an area separating land uses, the purpose of which is to absorb and diminish as much as possible the incompatible differences between properties and uses.
BUILDING
Shall mean any structure having a roof supported by columns or walls and intended for the shelter, housing or enclosure of any persons, animals or property of any kind, including covered porches.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
BUILDING SETBACK LINE
Shall mean a line parallel to the facing property line which sets forth the minimum distance by which the principal building or structure is set back from such property line.
COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS ANTENNA
Shall mean and include any combination of antenna, antenna array, antenna support or tower and related accessory structures designed in whole or in part for the reception and/or transmission of radio frequency energy as a part of a licensed radio, television or microwave facility employed for commercial use. Commercial communications antenna shall include such services as are employed by nonprofit or religious stations not licensed under the amateur radio or citizens band regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (see also Personal communications antenna).
CORNER LOT
See Lot, corner.
COUNTY PLANNING BOARD
Shall mean the Essex County Planning Board.
COVERAGE, BUILDING
Shall mean the horizontal area measured from the exterior surface of the exterior walls of the ground floor of all principal and accessory buildings on a lot. Building coverage does not include exterior decks or patios. For the purposes of computing building coverage, building projections such as cornices, eaves, gutters, bay windows, steps and balconies are excluded.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
COVERAGE, LOT
Shall mean the portion of the lot that is covered by buildings, all paved surfaces such as parking lots and driveways, sidewalks, patios and decks.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
DECK
Shall mean an unroofed platform area having its primary floor surface above the immediately surrounding ground level.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
a. 
mean a building or structure constructed on a single lot and separated by a distance from any structure, other than an accessory structure, designed for, and occupied exclusively by, and lawfully accommodating one dwelling unit.
b. 
mean a building designed for or occupied by two or more dwelling units.
DWELLING UNIT
Shall mean a room or series of connected rooms containing living, cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities for one family.
EXISTING HIGH-TENSION ELECTRIC TOWER
Shall mean a tower which exists at the time of passage of this ordinance, and whose primary purpose is supporting high-tension electric transmission lines. For the purpose of this definition any existing high-tension electric tower, which is replaced in the same location with a like or similar tower of no greater height, shall be considered an existing high-tension electric tower.[1]
FAMILY
Shall mean one or more persons living privately together in a dwelling unit, as a single nonprofit housekeeping unit, under a common housekeeping management plan which exhibits stability, permanency and functional lifestyle equivalent to that of the traditional family unit.
FLOOR AREA
Shall mean the area of all floors in a building excluding attic and basement floors which are used solely for equipment and/or storage purposes, stairwells, elevator shafts, open porches, breezeways and garages. For the purpose of this definition, any floor lower than the level of the floor at the main entrance shall be construed as a basement floor.
FRONT YARD
See Yard.
a. 
mean a detached accessory building or portion of a principal building used for the private storage of a motor vehicle or vehicles.
b. 
mean any land, buildings or structures used or designed for temporary storage, polishing, greasing, modifying, enhancing, renovating, maintaining or otherwise servicing motor vehicles, but shall not include motor vehicle body repairing, painting, or laundry (car washing) establishments or the sale, rental or display of new or used motor vehicles.
GOVERNING BODY
Shall mean the Mayor and Council of the Township of West Caldwell.
HALF STORY
See Story, half.
HEIGHT OF BUILDING
Shall mean the vertical distance from the lowest ground elevation around the foundation to (a) if the roof is flat, the highest point of the perimeter walls of the building or the highest point of any roof surface, whichever is greater, or (b) if the roof is sloped, a point 1/2 the distance between the highest point of the perimeter walls of the building and the highest point of the roof. The term "lowest ground elevation," as used herein, shall not include grade recesses solely intended to accommodate truck loading docks, garage entrances or similar purposes; provided such recesses do not exceed four feet in depth below adjoining grade and do not abut more than 25% of the perimeter of the building foundation.
IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
Shall mean any material that prevents absorption of stormwater into the ground.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
IMPULSIVE SOUND
Shall mean either a single sound pressure peak or a single sound burst (multiple pressure peaks) that has a duration of less than one second.
INSTITUTIONAL USE
Shall mean churches, schools, hospitals and similar nonprofit public or semi-public uses.
KENNEL
Shall mean any building, portion of building or property where animals or pets are kept, boarded, bred, trained or retained for compensation, sale, adoption or exchange, and shall include a facility commonly known as an animal shelter.
[Added 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 1820-2019]
LOT AREA
Shall mean the total area included within the property lines of a lot.
LOT DEPTH
Shall mean the average depth measured in the mean direction of the side property lines from the front property line to the rear property line.
LOT FRONTAGE
Shall mean that portion of any lot property line which is coincidental with any street right-of-way line.
LOT WIDTH
Shall mean the width of the lot measured along the front setback line of the principal building or, if there is no principal building, then along the minimum required front setback line of the principal building.
LOT, CORNER
Shall mean a lot at the junction of, and having frontage on, two or more intersecting streets, or a lot bounded on two or more sides by the same street when such sides form an interior angle of less than 135°.
METHADONE CLINIC
Shall mean any facility offering out-patient methadone maintenance services or functional equivalent thereof, whether sited at the office of a health professional or elsewhere.
MINOR SITE PLAN
Shall mean a development plan of one or more lots which (1) proposes new development which would not require public notice of a hearing pursuant to this chapter, and which the Planning Board determines would not substantively affect circulation, drainage, landscaping, buffering, parking, lighting, inter-relationships of structures and properties within the general area, or other considerations of site plan review pursuant to this chapter; (2) does not involve planned development, any new street or extension of any off-tract improvement which is to be prorated pursuant to this chapter; (3) contains the information reasonably required in order to make an informed determination as to compliance with § 18A-9 of this chapter.
MINOR SUBDIVISION
Shall mean a subdivision of land that does not involve (1) creation of more than three lots, (2) a planned development, (3) any new street or (4) the extension of any off-tract improvement, the cost of which is to be prorated pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-42).
MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICE STATION
Shall mean any area of land, including structures thereon, that is used or designed to be used for the supply of gasoline or other fuel or lubricant for motor vehicles, and which may include facilities of a public garage as defined elsewhere herein.
MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING
See Dwelling.
MUNICIPAL AGENCY
See Township agency.
ONE FAMILY DETACHED DWELLING
See Dwelling.
PATIO
Shall mean a floored roofless area having its primary floor surface on or below the immediately surrounding ground level, also known as a terrace.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS ANTENNA
Shall mean an antenna used exclusively for the non-commercial reception and transmission of radio frequency signals by an individual or organization licensed under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules, title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations, 47 CFR, Part 97 (Amateur Radio) or 47 CFR, Part 95 (Citizens' Band), or any amendments thereof. The term antenna, as used herein, shall include any mechanical or structural elements whose specific purpose is to support and maintain an antenna at an elevated point.
PLANNED SHOPPING CENTER OR SHOPPING CENTER OR TOWNSHIP SHOPPING CENTER
Shall mean a group of retail and other commercial establishments that is planned, developed, owned and managed as a single building located on single property, typically with on-site parking provided.
The areas included shall be limited to the following locations:
1.
West Caldwell Plaza.
2.
Broadway Square.
3.
Essex Mall.
4.
555 Passaic Avenue.
5.
749 Bloomfield Avenue.
6.
1200 Bloomfield Avenue.
Any additions to these defined locations shall only be made upon the recommendation of the Planning Board upon a finding of consistency with the definition established herein.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
PRIVATE GARAGE
See Garage.
PUBLIC GARAGE
See Garage.
REAR YARD
See Yard.
RESTAURANT
Shall mean an establishment where food and drink are prepared, served and consumed primarily within the principal building. Restaurants do not include drive-thru, drive-up or drive-in service.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
RESTAURANT, FAST-FOOD
Shall mean an establishment whose principal business is the sale of prepared or rapidly prepared food directly to the consumer in a ready-to-consume state for consumption either within the restaurant building or off the premises. Foods are packaged in paper or other types of disposable wrappers and containers. This type of establishment may include drive-thru, drive-up or drive-in service.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SATELLITE DISH ANTENNA
Shall mean a dish-, cone- or spherical-shaped antenna designed to receive and/or transmit microwave signals from and/or to earth-orbiting communications satellites.
SATELLITE EARTH STATION ANTENNA
See Satellite dish antenna.
SELF-STORAGE FACILITY
Shall mean a building or group of buildings containing separate, individual and private storage spaces of varying sizes available for lease or rent for varying periods of time.
SETBACK LINE
See Building setback line.
SIDE YARD
See Yard.
SIGN
Shall mean and include every sign, billboard, freestanding identification sign, roof sign, wall sign, instructional sign, product display sign, drive-up menu board sign, sign on the exterior or interior surface of a building or structure, illuminated sign, temporary sign, awning, banner and canopy, and shall include any announcement, declaration, display, illustration or insignia used to advertise or promote the interests of any person, organization, business or product when the same is placed in view of the general public, except when the Township agency deems the same to be an integral architectural element of the building or structure. Signs which are located completely within an enclosed building or structure are not included unless they are visible or directed to be seen by the general public from the outside of the building or structure.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SIGN, DRIVE-UP MENU BOARD
Shall mean a sign displaying food and/or beverages offered for sale at a fast-food restaurant and located adjacent to the drive-up lane on the premises upon which such service is offered. The sign may contain an intercom system. This system shall not be audible beyond the limits of the property.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SIGN, FREESTANDING IDENTIFICATION
Shall mean a sign that is mounted on a freestanding pole, poles or other support that is independent of any other structure.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SIGN, INSTRUCTIONAL
Shall mean on-site signage that provides direction or information to pedestrians and/or vehicular traffic that is related to the movement of pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic on the premises and does not display a commercial message (e.g. "entrance," "exit," "one-way" and the like).
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SIGN, PRODUCT DISPLAY BOARD
Shall mean a sign displaying food and/or beverages offered for sale at a fast-food restaurant and located adjacent to the drive-up lane. Intercom systems are not permitted on a product display board sign.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SIGN, WALL
Shall mean a sign which is attached directly to the wall of the building in such a manner that the wall becomes the supporting structure for the sign. Wall signs shall not be painted directly on the surface of the building or structure wall.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 1]
SINGLE OWNERSHIP
Shall mean ownership by one or more persons or entities whether jointly, as tenants by the entirety, or as tenants in common, of a separate parcel of real property not adjacent to land in the same ownership.
SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED DWELLING
See Dwelling.
STORY
Shall mean a portion of a building included between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it or, if there is no floor above it, the space between the floor and the ceiling next above it. If there is no floor above it any portion of a building or surface of any floor within a roofed area which is not a story shall be considered a half story.
STORY, HALF
Shall mean a space under a sloping roof, which may have dormer windows, and which has the line of intersection of the roof and exterior wall face not more than three feet above the floor level, and in which space the possible floor area with headroom of seven feet four inches or more occupies no more than 1/3 of the total floor area of the story directly beneath. This definition shall include all such spaces that fall within these limitations.
TOWNSHIP AGENCY
Shall mean the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment or the Governing Body of the Township of West Caldwell when acting pursuant to this chapter.
VETERINARY HOSPITAL or ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Shall mean a building or portion of a building used for the medical or surgical treatment of small animals or pets by a licensed veterinarian, including such ancillary services and/or products such as boarding of animals under treatment or recovery from treatment, prescriptions, pet food, medications, supplements, medicated products and the like.
[Added 7-9-2019 by Ord. No. 1820-2019]
a. 
mean an open unoccupied space, unless occupied by a structure or use hereinafter specifically permitted, extending across the full width of the lot between the front property line and the front yard limit line.
b. 
mean an open unoccupied space, unless occupied by a structure or use hereinafter specifically permitted, extending across the full width of the lot between the rear property line and the rear yard limit line.
c. 
mean an open unoccupied space, unless occupied by a structure or use hereinafter specifically permitted, between the side property line and the side yard limit line, extending from the front yard to the rear yard.
YARD LIMIT LINE
Shall mean a line, fully coincident with the exterior surfaces of the foundation walls on one side of a principal building or structure and otherwise extended parallel to the facing property line, across the extent of the lot.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1522 which added this definition was adopted January 20, 2004.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1463 § 2]
A Planning Board is hereby established pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23), and the position of Attorney for the Planning Board is hereby created pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-24).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board shall consist of seven regular members.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Mayor may appoint to the Planning Board not more than two alternate members pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23.1).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The term of appointment of any class of member of the Planning Board appointed pursuant to this section shall commence on January 1.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board shall follow the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25 and 40:55D-60) and shall accordingly exercise its powers and duties established therein.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Governing Body may require the reference of any matter or class of matters to the Planning Board before final action thereon by a Township body or Township officer having final authority thereon except for any matter under the jurisdiction of the Board of Adjustment. Whenever the Planning Board shall have made a recommendation regarding a matter authorized by this subsection to another Township body, such recommendation may be rejected only by a majority of the full authorized membership of such other body.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1463 § 3]
Pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10.1), at the request of the developer, the Planning Board shall grant an informal review of a concept plan for a development for which the developer intends to prepare and submit an application for development. Pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.8, any fees paid for such informal review shall be a credit toward fees for review of the application for development. The developer shall not be bound by any concept plan for which review is requested, and the Planning Board shall not be bound by any such review.
[Ord. No. 1463 § 4]
Pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23), the Mayor may appoint a designee to sit in place of, and act on behalf of, the Mayor in his or her absence, and such designee shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor during the Mayor's official tenure. Such appointment, or termination thereof, shall be made in writing by the Mayor and filed with the Township Clerk and Planning Board, and such designee shall be subject to such procedural regulations as may, from time to time, be established by the Planning Board pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.1.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1463 § 5]
A Zoning Board of Adjustment, also known as the Board of Adjustment, is hereby established pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-69), and the position of Attorney for the Board of Adjustment is hereby created pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-71).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall consist of seven regular members.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Mayor may appoint to the Zoning Board of Adjustment not more than two alternate members pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-69).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall follow the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70 and 40:55D-76) and shall accordingly exercise its powers and duties established therein.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
Any interested party may appeal to the Governing Body any final decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment approving an application for development pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d). Such appeal shall conform with the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-17).
b. 
A brief notice of the decision of the Governing Body shall be published in the official newspaper of the Township. Such publication shall be arranged by the Township Clerk, provided that the applicant may arrange such publication if he so desires. The applicant shall pay a fee, as established in Subsection 18A-8.8, for publication of said notice, unless applicant submits proof acceptable to the Township Clerk within 10 days of the decision that he has provided for the required publication.
[Ord. No. 1272]
Pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70.1), the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall, at least once a year, review its decisions on applications and appeals for variances and prepare and adopt by resolution a report of its findings on zoning ordinance provisions which were the subject of variance requests and its recommendations for zoning ordinance amendment or revision, if any. The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall send copies of the report and resolution to the Governing Body and Planning Board.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment shall adopt, and may amend, reasonable rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.) or this chapter, for the administration of its functions, powers and duties, and shall furnish a copy thereof to any person upon request and shall charge a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8, for such copy. Copies of all such rules and regulations and amendments thereto shall be maintained in the office of the Administrative Officer.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
Every Township agency shall by its rules fix the time and place for holding its regular meetings for business authorized to be conducted by such agency. All meetings shall be scheduled and conducted pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-9).
b. 
Minutes of every regular or special meeting shall be kept and shall include the names of the persons appearing and addressing the Township agency and of the persons appearing by attorney, the action taken by the Township agency, the findings, if any, made by it and reasons therefor. Any interested party shall have the right to compel production of the minutes for use as evidence in any legal proceedings concerning the subject matter of such minutes. Such interested party shall be charged a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8 or elsewhere in the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell, for reproduction of the minutes for his use.
[Ord. No. 1272]
Pursuant to the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-39 and 40:55D-65), every application for development submitted to the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall be accompanied by proof that no taxes or assessments for local improvements are due or delinquent on the property which is the subject of such application; or, if it is shown that taxes or assessments are delinquent on said property, any approvals or other relief granted by a Township agency shall be conditioned upon either the prompt payment of such taxes or assessments, or the making of adequate provision for the payment thereof in such manner that the Township shall be adequately protected.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1418, § 3]
Notice pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12) shall be given by the applicant, except as otherwise provided herein, at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing.
a. 
In addition to the mandatory notice provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12), public notice of a hearing shall be given for appeals of determinations of administrative officers pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70a); for requests for interpretation pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70b); and for those classes of matters for which the Township agency may require that public notice be given pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 18A-8.1. Public notice shall be given by the applicant by publication in the official newspaper of the Township, unless a particular Township officer is so designated pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.1 in which case the applicant shall pay a fee as designated by Subsection 18A-8.8 for publication of said notice.
b. 
Upon the written request of an applicant, the Township Tax Assessor shall, within seven days, make and certify a list from the current tax duplicates of names and addresses of owners to whom the applicant is required to give notice pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12b and 40:55D-12c). The applicant shall be charged a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8, for such list.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
Every public utility, cable television company and local utility interested in receiving notice pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12h), and having a right-of-way or easement within the Township, may register with the Township pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12.1).
b. 
Every public utility, cable television company and local utility which registers to receive notice pursuant to Subsection a. of this subsection shall be charged a fee, as established in Subsection 18A-8.8, for such registration.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1418 § 4; Ord. No. 1489 § 1; Ord. No. 1580 § II; Ord. No. 1678]
a. 
Components of Technical Review Fee. Each applicant shall pay to the Township of West Caldwell a technical review fee in connection with each application for development, each application for amendment to or extension of any development approval, any request for a zone change or recommendation of a zone change, any request for amendment of the Master Plan, any request for concept review of a development proposal, and/or any other matter. The technical review fee shall be equal to the sum of the following two components:
1. 
The dollar amount of all charges by outside professionals (as defined herein) for professional services rendered to the Township and/or the reviewing board in connection with the application, plus all actual out-of-pocket disbursements incurred in regard to such services. All charges for services by each outside professional shall be billed at the same rate as all other work of the same nature performed by such professional for the Township when fees are not reimbursed or otherwise imposed on an applicant. Charges for professional services of outside professionals retained by the board shall be based upon a schedule of fees established by resolution, of the Township Governing Body. Such schedules shall be subject to revision from time to time in the discretion of the Township Governing Body.
2. 
The dollar amount of the hourly base salary of each in-house professional (as defined herein) who has rendered professional services to the Township and/or the reviewing board in connection with the application, multiplied by: (1) the total number of hours of professional services spent by each in-house professional in connection with the application; and (2) 200% as provided under N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.2a. The hourly base salary of each in-house professional shall be established by ordinance annually.
b. 
Definitions. As used in this subsection, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL
Shall mean engineers, planners, attorneys and other professionals, including, but not limited to the Township Zoning Officer, Construction Official, other municipal Code Enforcement Officials and Application Referral Agencies (i.e., Police, Fire Prevention, Health, Environmental Commission, Zoning Review Official, Landscape Advisors) whose salary, staff and overhead are provided by the Township of West Caldwell.
OUTSIDE PROFESSIONALS
Shall mean engineers, planners, attorneys and other professionals whose salary, staff support and overhead are not provided by the Township of West Caldwell. "Outside professionals" shall include, without limitation, consultants and other professionals who are not normally utilized by the Township or the reviewing board or who are required when an application presents issues which are beyond the scope of the expertise or customary duties of the professionals who normally serve the reviewing board of the Township.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Shall mean time spent by a professional engineer, professional planner, attorney, traffic expert or other professional in connection with review of an application and/or review and preparation of documents in regard to such application. In appropriate cases, such services shall include, without limitation, review of plans, reports, relevant ordinance provisions, statutory law, case law and prior approvals for the same parcel; site inspections; and preparation of resolutions, developer's agreements and other documents.
REVIEWING BOARD
Shall mean the West Caldwell Planning Board or West Caldwell Board of Adjustment.
c. 
Limitations on Scope of Charges for Professional Services.
1. 
All charges for professional services shall be reasonable and necessary given the status and progress of the application. Such charges shall be made only in connection with:
(a) 
An application which is presently pending before a reviewing board;
(b) 
Review of an applicant's compliance with conditions of approval and applicable Construction Code requirements; and or
(c) 
Review of an applicant's request for modification or amendment of an application or approval.
2. 
A professional shall not review items which are subject to approval by a state governmental agency and which are not under municipal jurisdiction, except to the extent that consultation with a state agency is necessary due to the effect of a state approval on the applicant's application.
3. 
If the Township or the reviewing board shall retain a different professional in place of the professional originally responsible for review of an application, the Township or the reviewing board, as the case may be, shall be responsible for all time and expenses of the new professional to become familiar with the application. Neither the Township nor the reviewing board shall charge the applicant or the applicant's technical review fee deposit for such services.
4. 
Neither the Township nor the reviewing board shall bill an applicant, or charge the applicant's technical review fee deposit, for overhead expense, meeting room charges or other municipal costs and expenses, except as provided for in Subsection 18A-8.8, nor shall any professional add any such charges to his or her bill.
d. 
Payment of Technical Review Fee Deposits.
1. 
Prior to determination of application completeness, each applicant shall deposit the following initial technical review deposit for the professional review of an application for development pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.2(a). In no event, however, shall such an initial deposit exceed $10,000. The Administrative Officer may waive the initial deposit for a minor site plan on the recommendation of the Board.
Subdivision
Site Plan
Minor (<3 lots)
Major
Minor
Major
Prelim
Final
Prelim
Final
Initial Deposit
$1,500
$2,000
$2,000
$500
$2,500 for the first 1,000 square feet of lot area and $50 per 100 square feet of bldg. floor area
$2,500 for the first 1,000 square feet of lot area and $50 per 100 square feet of bldg. floor area
Plus Additional Escrow
$150 for each additional lot in excess of 3 lots
$150 for each additional lot in excess of 3 lots
$150 per 1,000 square feet of lot area in excess of the initial 1,000 square feet of building floor area in excess of the initial 30,000 square feet
$150 per 1,000 square feet of lot area in excess of the initial 1,000 square feet and $25 per 100 square feet of building floor area in excess of initial 30,000 square feet
Zoning Bd. of Adj.
ZBA not involving Variance (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(a) or (b) or N.J.S.A. 40:55D-68)
ZBA Residential w/One Variance (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(c))
ZBA w/Use Variance
$500
$150 for 1 variance and $50 for each additional variance
$1,500
2. 
If at any time the technical review deposit balance falls below $1,000 or is insufficient to enable the Township or the reviewing board to perform required application reviews, the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Township's Chief Financial Officer shall notify the applicant (this notice is referred to herein as an "insufficiency notice") of both the insufficient deposit balance and the amount of additional funds required, in the judgment of the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer, to cure the insufficiency. Pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.5, the Township reviewing board and all professionals may stop all application review and/or have the right to dismiss the application for development without prejudice until the required additional funds are deposited. In order for work to continue on the application, the applicant shall, within a reasonable time period post additional funds to the escrow account in an amount to be agreed upon by the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Township (acting through its Chief Financial Officer) and the applicant.
3. 
The determination of insufficiency shall be made by the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer in his or her reasonable discretion. Furthermore, as used herein, a "reasonable time period" for the posting of additional funds to the escrow account shall be not longer than 15 days after the date of the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer's insufficiency notice. The applicant shall be deemed to agree to the terms of the insufficiency notice unless, within 15 days after the date of such notice, the applicant shall deliver to the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer a written notice of objection.
4. 
If the applicant timely files such an objection, the applicant shall have the right to pay the amount requested under protest and the right to challenge same in the Superior Court, Law Division, in an action in lieu of prerogative writs filed within 45 days after the applicant's receipt of the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer's final accounting with respect to the applicant's technical review fee deposit.
5. 
The reviewing board shall take no formal action and the application shall be deemed incomplete pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.2 unless all application fees (pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.8) and technical review fee deposits (per this subsection) have been paid. If the applicant fails to timely pay (under protest or otherwise) the amount requested, the Township, the reviewing board and all professionals shall have the right to cease all further work on the application immediately, and the reviewing board shall have the right to dismiss without prejudice any pending application, because of the applicant's failure to post additional technical review fees needed for the proper review of such application. In no event shall any approved plans be signed or delivered to the applicant, nor shall any construction permits, certificates of occupancy or other approvals or authorizations be issued to an applicant when there are any deficiencies in the applicant's technical review fee deposit.
e. 
Custody of Deposits; Procedure for Payments Against Deposits; Submission of Vouchers; Monthly Statements.
1. 
All technical review fee deposits shall be placed into an escrow account, which account shall be maintained by the Chief Financial Officer of the Township of West Caldwell. The Chief Financial Officer shall make all payments from the escrow account.
2. 
All payments charged to an applicant's technical review fee deposit shall be pursuant to vouchers from the professionals performing professional services in connection with the application. All vouchers shall identify the professional performing the services, the dates when services were performed, the hours spent to 1/4 hour increments, the hourly rate and the expenses incurred.
3. 
All outside professionals shall submit vouchers to the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer on a monthly basis. A copy of the voucher shall be sent to the applicant simultaneously. All in-house professionals shall submit to the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Chief Financial Officer on a monthly basis a statement containing the same information as the voucher of an outside professional. A copy of the statement shall be sent to the applicant simultaneously.
4. 
The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare, and send to the applicant on a monthly basis a statement providing an accounting of the applicant's technical review fee deposits. The accounting shall include all deposits made, interest earned, disbursements made and cumulative deposit balance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if monthly charges to an applicant's deposits are $1,000 or less, such statement may be provided by the Chief Financial Officer on a quarterly basis.
f. 
Deposits with the Township; Escrow Accounts; Interest.
1. 
The technical review fee shall be deposited by an applicant with the Township, and such money until repaid or applied for the purpose for which it was deposited, including the applicant's portion of any interest earned thereon, shall continue to be the property of the applicant and shall be held in trust by the Township, except as otherwise provided for in this subsection.
2. 
Whenever the technical review fee deposit is in excess of $5,000, the Township shall deposit such money in a banking institution or savings and loan association located in the State of New Jersey and insured by an agency of the federal government or in any other funding or depository approved for such deposits by the State of New Jersey. Such moneys shall be maintained in an account bearing interest at the minimum rate currently paid by such institution or depository on time or savings deposits. Lesser technical review fee deposits may be deposited into interest-bearing accounts at the discretion of the Chief Financial Officer.
3. 
The Township shall notify the applicant in writing of the name and address of the institution or depository in which such deposit is made and the amount of the deposit. The Township shall not be required to refund an amount of interest paid on a deposit which does not exceed $100 for the year. If the applicant's cumulative technical review fee deposit exceeds $5,000, and the amount of interest exceeds $100 for any year, then that entire amount shall belong to the applicant and shall be refunded to the applicant by the Township annually, or at the time the deposit is repaid or applied to the purposes for which it was deposited, as the case may be. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary above, the Township may retain for administrative expenses a sum equal to 33 1/3% of the annual interest earned by such deposit. The amount so retained shall be in lieu of all other administrative and custodial expenses charged by the Township in connection with the deposit.
g. 
Final Accounting; Return of Unused Balance of Deposit. After the reviewing board has granted final approval and signed the approved subdivision plat or site plan, or otherwise taken final action on the application, the applicant shall provide written notice of the same, by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal delivery, to the Chief Financial Officer, the reviewing board and all professionals who have rendered services in connection with the application. Within 30 days after receipt of such notice, each professional shall submit a final bill (or statement in lieu of bill in the case of in-house professionals) to the Chief Financial Officer with a copy to the applicant. The Chief Financial Officer shall render to the applicant a final accounting within 45 days after receipt of all bills and/or statements. The Chief Financial Officer shall return to the applicant with the final accounting any unused balance of the deposit, including any interest earned thereon less the amount retained for administrative expenses under Subsection 18A-8.6f,3.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
The Township agency shall hold a hearing on each application for development, or adoption, revision or amendment of the master plan, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
b. 
The Township agency shall make the rules governing such hearings, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-8 and 40:55D-10). An application for development, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-3), shall be submitted only by an applicant, pursuant to the same. An applicant's standing at any hearing may be delegated to another party if and as so provided pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.1.
c. 
The Township agency shall provide for the verbatim recording of the proceedings by either stenographic, mechanical or electronic means. The Township agency shall, at its option, furnish a transcript, or duplicate recording in lieu thereof, on request to any interested party. Such interested party shall be charged a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8, for such transcript or recording. Said transcript shall be certified in writing by the transcriber to be accurate.
d. 
A copy of the decision shall be mailed by the Township agency within 10 days of the date of decision to the applicant or if represented then to his attorney, without separate charge, and to all who request a copy of the decision for a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8 or elsewhere in the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell. A copy of the decision shall also be filed by the Township agency in the office of the Administrative Officer. The Administrative Officer shall make a copy of such filed decision available to any interested party for a fee, as established by Subsection 18A-8.8 or elsewhere in the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell, and available for public inspection at his office during reasonable hours.
e. 
A brief notice of the decision shall be published in the official newspaper of the Township. Such publication shall be arranged by the Administrative Officer, provided that the applicant may arrange such publication if he so desires. The applicant shall pay a fee, as established in Subsection 18A-8.8, for publication of said notice, unless applicant submits proof acceptable to the Administrative Officer within 10 days of the decision that he has provided for the required publication.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1418 § 5; Ord. No. 1463 § 6; Ord. No. 1487 § 4; Ord. No. 1580 § III]
The developer shall, at the time of filing an application for development, pay the following nonrefundable fee or fees to the Township of West Caldwell, except as such fees, in specific instances, may be reduced or waived by the applicable Township agency pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.1. Applications involving a combination of elements (e.g. subdivision and site plan and/or variances) shall pay a fee equal to the sum of the fees for each element. In addition, other specific fees shall be paid at the time the particular service is provided. Notwithstanding the foregoing, charitable, philanthropic, fraternal and religious nonprofit organizations holding a tax exempt status under the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. § 501 (c) or (d)) shall be exempt from the payment of any application fee and may be exempt from the payment of any other fee under this chapter pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.1. Further, a Board of Education shall be exempt from the payment of any fee under this chapter.
a.
Minor subdivisions
$300
b.
Major subdivisions:
1.
Sketch plat
$350
2.
Preliminary plat
$550 plus $150 per lot
3.
Final plat
$600
c.
Minor site plans:
1.
Unamended plan
$250
2.
Amended plan
$200
d.
Site plans:
1.
Residential development:
(a)
Preliminary site plan
$600 plus $150 per dwelling unit
(b)
Final site plan
50% of preliminary site plan fee
(c)
Preliminary and final site plan combined
125% of preliminary site plan fee
2.
All others:
(a)
Preliminary site plan
$500 plus, when applicable, $0.05 for each square foot of floor area of new construction.
(b)
Final site plan (when separate)
50% of preliminary site plan fee.
(c)
Preliminary and final site plan combined
125% of preliminary site plan fee.
e.
Variances/appeals, per application, pursuant to:
One single-family residential lot
All others
1.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70a
$150
$250
2.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70b
$150
$250
3.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70c
$250
$350
3a.
Each additional N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70c
$50
$75
4.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d
$350
$550
5.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-17
$150
$350
6.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-34
$150
$350
7.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-36
$150
$350
8.
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-68
$350
$500
f.
Conditional uses:
1.
Residential professional offices pursuant to Chapter 20 (Site plan fees shall be waived)
$250
2.
All others
$300
g.
Reproduction of records:
1.
Duplication of recordings:
Per CD
$10
Per tape
$10
2.
Notice list of property owners
$20
h.
Grading permit
$350 per acre or fraction thereof.
i.
Development permit for construction in a special flood hazard area pursuant to Chapter 21
$450
j.
Publication by Township agency in official newspaper, when applicable:
1.
Publication of hearing notice or re-notice
$30
2.
Publication of decision
$30
k.
Copies of Revised General Ordinances:
1.
Chapter 18A
$20
2.
Chapter 19
$15
3.
Chapter 20
$40
4.
Chapter 21
$20
5.
Items (1) through (4) and Zoning Map combined
$50
l.
Zoning Map
$10
m.
Township agency rules/regulations
$10
n.
Master plan elements
$65
o.
Registration fee for notice to public utility, cable television company or local utility
$20
p.
Zoning permit
$75
q.
Certificate of nonconformance
$50
r.
Special meeting at applicant's request
$550
s.
Informal review
$100 shall be a credit toward a development application if filed
t.
Informal review of second or subsequent concept plan pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10.1
An amount equivalent to applicable application fees or $300, whichever is less
u.
Cancellation or postponement of scheduled hearing at applicant's request less than 3 working days prior to hearing scheduled pursuant to public notice
$300
[Ord. No. 1678]
a. 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 405D-53(3)(h), each applicant shall reimburse the Township for all reasonable inspection fees. Accordingly, each applicant shall be required to make an initial deposit in the amount of the greater of $500 or 5% of the cost of development to cover the costs of the Township's inspection fees incurred in connection with an application for development. Said cost estimate is to be calculated by the Township Engineer in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.4.
b. 
Application shall be required to maintain a minimum inspection fee balance of $500. If at any time the inspection fee deposit balance falls below $500 or is insufficient to enable the Township Engineer to carry out the necessary inspections, the secretary of the respective board, or his/her designee, or the Township's Chief Financial Officer shall notify the applicant of both the insufficient deposit balance and the amount of additional funds required, in the judgment of the Chief Financial Officer, to cure the insufficiency. Pursuant to Subsections 18A-8.5, the Township, respective reviewing board and all professionals shall cease inspections and a stop work order shall be issued by the Township Engineer or Construction Official, as the case may be. The Township or respective reviewing board shall have the right to dismiss the application for development without prejudice until the required additional funds are deposited. In order for work to continue on the application, the applicant shall, within a reasonable time period post additional funds in an amount to be agreed upon by the secretary of the respective board or his/her designee, or the Township (acting through its Chief Financial Officer) and the applicant.
[Ord. No. 1678]
a. 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53, each developer shall post guarantee in order to ensure the installation and maintenance of on-tract improvements, as defined by N.J.S.A. 40:55D-5.
b. 
The amount required as performance guarantee to cover the cost of completion of all on-tract improvements shall not exceed 120% of the total cost of the installation of the improvements, which shall be calculated by the Township Engineer in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.4. Additionally, the Township shall not require more than 10% of same to be in cash.
c. 
If the on-tract improvements are not completed or corrected as provided in the performance guarantee, the developer shall be liable for the reasonable cost of the improvements not completed or corrected.
d. 
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53, upon approval by the Governing Body of completed improvements, the developer is entitled to a reduction of performance guarantee, such reduction made pursuant to the itemized cost estimate prepared by the Township Engineer, and a release of liability related to the approved improvements. Until final approval, however, the Township shall retain 30% of the performance guarantee to ensure completion of all improvements.
e. 
For a period of two years after final approval, the developer shall also post a maintenance guarantee. The amount required as a maintenance guarantee shall not exceed 15% the cost of the improvement, which shall be calculated by the Township Engineer in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.4. Additionally, the Township shall not require same to be in cash.
[Ord. No. 1678]
As a condition on all site plans and subdivision approvals, unless the Township agency having jurisdiction over the application determines otherwise, the developer shall enter into a Developer's Agreement with the Township. Such agreement shall provide for the type and amount of performance and maintenance guarantee required, the amount of inspection fee deposit, a preconstruction conference, a timeline for the phasing of development, traffic control, a summary of improvements to be installed by the developer and the itemized cost estimate for same and, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-42, any off-tract improvements which shall be constructed by the developer and the calculation of the developer's fair share of costs as well as any other such matters as the Township agency shall determine to be necessary to protect public health, welfare and safety.
[Ord. No. 1418 § 6; Ord. No. 1678]
Any variance or exception granted by a Township agency pursuant to this chapter shall automatically expire without further action by the agency as set forth herein, unless otherwise specified by the agency at the time approval is granted or extended.
a. 
Any variance permitting the construction or alteration of any structure(s) or permitting a specified use of any premises, shall expire by limitation unless such construction, alteration or use shall have been actually commenced within two years from the date of approval by the Township agency, provided, however, that:
1. 
Construction or alteration of any structure(s) permitted by variance, once commenced, shall be continuously pursued to completion.
2. 
The running of the period of limitation herein provided shall be tolled from the date of filing an appeal from the decision of the Township agency to the governing body or to a court of competent jurisdiction until the termination in any manner of such appeal or proceeding.
3. 
Any variance granted in conjunction with a site plan, subdivision or conditional use application shall be valid for the same period of time and shall run concurrently with the site plan, subdivision or conditional use approval, which period of time shall be equal to the applicable period of statutory protection against changes in zoning regulations, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-49, 40:55D-52 et al).
4. 
The Township agency may, upon written request by the developer prior to expiration of the approval and upon good cause shown, extend the expiration date specified herein. In such event, the agency shall hold a public hearing on such request, with public notice to be served the same as in the original application for relief.
b. 
Any exception granted by a Township agency pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-51) shall be subject to the expiration provisions of this subsection.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1463 § 7]
Pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-37), approval of subdivision plats by resolution of the Planning Board shall be required as a condition for the filing of such plats with the County Recording Officer and approval of site plans by resolution of the Planning Board, or waiver thereof, shall be required as a condition for the issuance of a permit for any development, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-4), except that subdivision or individual lot applications for detached one or two dwelling-unit buildings shall be exempt from such site plan review and approval; provided that the resolution of the Board of Adjustment shall substitute for that of the Planning Board whenever the Board of Adjustment has jurisdiction over a sub-division or site plan pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-76b).
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1580 § IV-IX; Ord. No. 1745 § 2; Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 2]
a. 
The applicant shall submit a complete application for development to the Administrative Officer pursuant to this subsection, Subsection 18A-8.1 and the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10.3). Said application shall conform with the provisions of the "Application Checklist, Land Use Procedures Ordinance of the Township of West Caldwell" (hereinafter called the "Checklist") which is hereby adopted and is attached hereto and incorporated herein.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The checklists referred to herein can be found at the end of this chapter.
b. 
On applications for preliminary site plan approval or preliminary major subdivision approval, the developer shall submit to the Administrative Officer a site plan or subdivision plat, as applicable, and such other information as is reasonably necessary to make an informed decision as to whether the requirements necessary for preliminary approval have been met. Minor subdivisions pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.4 shall not be subject to the provisions of this subsection. The site plan or subdivision plat and any other engineering documents to be submitted shall be required in tentative form for discussion purposes for preliminary approval. If any architectural plans are required to be submitted for site plan approval, the preliminary plans and elevations shall be sufficient.
c. 
Any application for development classified as a minor site plan application or minor subdivision application shall, where applicable, include the following:
1. 
Submission of 20 copies of complete application form and all plans/plats; all other Checklist documents, data and certifications; listing of all items included in application.
2. 
Property identification: address/location; block number(s); lot number(s); tax sheet number(s); zone district(s); proposed lot area(s); existing lot area(s).
3. 
Identification of representation: property owner; owner's agent; applicant's attorney; name of plans/plats preparer(s) , title/profession, business name, address, telephone, New Jersey License number/seal.
4. 
Statement of purpose of application: nature; extent; variances sought; exceptions sought; waivers sought; site and/or use nonconformities, proposed and existing.
5. 
Use of property: proposed and existing; nature; extent/intensity; maximum employees per shift; operating days/hours; maximum anticipated customers/visitors; parking requirements; outdoor storage; loading/unloading; inbound/outbound deliveries; overnight vehicle storage; security.
6. 
Identification of adjoining properties in which owner or applicant holds a direct or indirect proprietary interest.
7. 
Property owner's written authorization of application.
8. 
Full payment of application fees and escrow funds pursuant to Subsections 18A-8.8 and 18A-8.6.
9. 
10% ownership disclosure statement pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law
[N.J.S.A. 40:55D-48.1 et seq.].
10. 
No taxes or local improvement assessments are due or delinquent pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.3.
11. 
Plans/maps/documents filed at least 10 days prior to hearing date.
12. 
Hearing notice: affidavit of service; true copy of notice served/published; list of names/addresses served; return receipts.
13. 
Property survey/deed: certified by New Jersey Licensed Land Surveyor; location and description of monuments, proposed and existing.
14. 
Property lines: proposed and existing; distances; bearings; entire tract shown; limits of construction lines; radii; arcs; and central angles of all curves.
15. 
Properties within 200 feet: owner's names; street addresses; block numbers; lot numbers; zone districts.
16. 
Tabular schedule of: proposed vs. existing vs. required height, area, bulk and other applicable requirements pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
17. 
Building/structure setbacks: proposed, existing and required; location and setbacks of buildings/structures on adjoining properties if such buildings/structures are within 25 feet of subject property.
18. 
Building and lot coverage as defined under § 18A-5: proposed and existing; square feet and percentage of total site of (a) principal and accessory buildings; (b) other structures; (c) parking and loading areas; and (d) lawn and landscaping areas.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 2]
19. 
Significant property features: proposed and existing; location, size, profile, on-site and within 200 feet of site of (a) ponds, streams, swales, culverts; (b) other watercourses; (c) wooded areas; (d) rock formations; (e) flood hazard areas; (f) wetlands; and (g) other.
20. 
Streets: proposed and existing; on-site, abutting site and within 200 feet of site; (a) locations, names, widths, status of improvements, grades, curves; (b) distances to driveways and intersections within 200 feet of site.
21. 
Encumbrances, location, size nature: proposed and existing; rights-of-way; easements; deed restrictions; protective covenants; dedicated lands; reservations; other.
22. 
Listing of chemicals, combustibles and other hazardous substances: classifications; quantities; handling procedures; storage facilities; disposal/treatment of industrial wastes.
23. 
Certification of conformance with performance standards pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
24. 
Flood hazard areas: applicability; extent of property within same; submission of "Application for a Development Permit in Special Flood Hazard Area"; written certification of conformance with the standards of Chapter 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
25. 
Submission to Essex County Planning Board if required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:27-6.3 or 40:27-6.6.
26. 
Complete cost estimates for all performance and maintenance guarantees pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.8.
27. 
Complete authorization to inspect property.
28. 
Recycling plan in accordance with Subsection 17-7.6.a. if applicable.
29. 
Other materials, as determined by the administrative officer, that are reasonably necessary to decide the application.
d. 
Any application for development classified as a major site plan, a major subdivision, or a use variance pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(d) shall, where applicable, include the following:
1. 
All requirements of Subsection c. of this subsection.
2. 
Plan/plat identification: title blocks; drawing dates; revision dates; listing of revisions.
3. 
Appropriate place for approval stamps and signatures.
4. 
Graphic scales: site plans not smaller than one inch equals 50 feet; subdivision plats not smaller than one inch equals 100 feet.
5. 
Area map: showing all properties, zone districts and streets within 500 feet; scale not smaller than one inch equals 800 feet.
6. 
Reference meridian: true north arrow; job north arrow.
7. 
Buildings/structures: proposed and existing; principal and accessory; outside dimensions; heights and stories; setbacks from property lines; distances between structures; floor plans/dimensions; floor areas; sprinkler systems; roof drainage systems; structures to be removed; building grade elevations at corners, entrances, first floor and basement.
8. 
Elevation drawings: design; construction; materials; colors; exterior walls; roofs; glass; appurtenances; certified by New Jersey Licensed Architect.
9. 
Topography: proposed and existing; contours not greater than two foot intervals; U.S.G.S. datum; on-site and 50 feet beyond site on site plans and 200 feet beyond site on subdivision plats.
10. 
Buffer areas pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell: dimensions; planting schedules; wooded areas; fencing specifications.
11. 
Parking areas: proposed and existing; tabular comparison vs. requirements of Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell; layouts; circulation patterns; dimensions; quantities; setbacks from property lines; setbacks from buildings/structures; screening; driveway profiles; surfacing specifications; sight distances: (a) pavement markings; (b) ingresses/egresses; (c) driveways; (d) aisles; (e) parking spaces; (f) loading areas; (g) striping details; (h) curbs; (i) curbcuts; (j) handicapped parking; (k) future parking expansion areas; (l) landscaping/plantings.
12. 
Outdoor equipment/appurtenances: location; type; size; screening; roof and ground mounted equipment; garbage and trash receptacles; outdoor storage areas; other.
13. 
Landscaping/planting areas: proposed and existing; trees over six inch caliper measured three feet above ground; planting schedule; botanical names; common names; calipers; planted heights; quantity; spacing; trees to be removed; street trees.
14. 
Exterior lighting: proposed and existing; specifications; quantity; locations; type of construction; height above ground; manufacturer; model designations; contours/direction of illumination; lumen power/intensity; hours of operation; provisions for elimination of glare.
15. 
Signage: separate application to Sign Committee of Planning Board; conformance with provisions of Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
16. 
Construction details: proposed and existing; design data, specifications, locations, profiles, quantity, type, size of: walkways; pedestrian lanes; fences; fire apparatus lanes; guard rails; bridges; utilities; piping; pipe slopes; inverts; catch basins; manholes; headwalls/wingwalls; retaining walls; full curbing; depressed curbing; pavement; roadways; embankments; earthen berms; detention basins; retention basins; mains; water valves; hydrants; other.
17. 
Certification of conformance with: plan/plat submission standards pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.3; Township master plan and zoning ordinance; conditional use standards pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell; Map Filing Act (C. 46:23-9.9 et seq.); Township engineering standards pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.3; Airport Hazard Area Standards (C. 6:1-80 et seq.).
18. 
Slope stabilization design criteria and calculations; certified by New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer.
19. 
Extent of off-tract improvements necessitated by proposed development.
20. 
Environmental impact statement; certified by New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer.
21. 
Stream encroachments (including wetlands Letter of Interpretation approval from Department of Environmental Protection, if applicable).
22. 
Traffic/circulation study: on-site and off-site; proposed and existing; impact analysis; sight easements required.
23. 
Potable water usage analysis and calculations; certified by New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer.
24. 
Storm water drainage: proposed and existing; on-site and within 200 feet of site; design criteria; calculations; specifications; locations; sizes; grades; directions of flow; documentation that rate-of-runoff after development will not exceed the same prior to development; certified by New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer.
25. 
Sanitary sewer facilities: proposed and existing; on-site and within 200 feet of site; design criteria; calculations; specifications; locations; sizes; grades; directions of flow; effluent treatment/testing; submission to Waste-water Treatment Plant Authority; certified percolation tests for individual sewerage disposal; certified by New Jersey Licensed Professional Engineer.
26. 
Soil erosion and sediment control plan: submission to Hudson-Essex-Passaic Soil Conservation District.
27. 
Variance justification if applicable.
e. 
Any application for development classified as a request for variance(s) pertaining to one single-family residential property pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(c) shall, where applicable, include the following:
1. 
Submission of 15 copies of complete application form and all plans/plats; all other Checklist documents, data and certifications; listing of all items included in application.
2. 
Property identification: address/location; block number(s); lot number(s); tax sheet number(s); zone district(s); proposed lot area(s); existing lot area(s).
3. 
Identification of property owner; owner's agent; applicant's attorney; and the name, title, profession, business name, address, telephone, and New Jersey license number/seal of each plans/plats preparer.
4. 
Statement of purpose of application; nature; extent; variances sought; exceptions sought; waivers sought; site and/or use nonconformities, proposed and existing.
5. 
Identification of adjoining properties in which owner or applicant holds a direct or indirect proprietary interest.
6. 
Property owner's written authorization of application.
7. 
Full payment of application fees and escrow funds pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.8 and 8A-8.6.
8. 
No taxes or local improvement assessments are due or delinquent pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.3.
9. 
Plans/maps/documents filed at least 10 days prior to hearing date.
10. 
Property survey/deed: certified by New Jersey Licensed Property Land Surveyor; location and description of monuments, proposed and existing.
11. 
Property lines: proposed and existing; distances; bearings; entire tract shown; limits of construction lines; radii; acres; and central angles of all curves.
12. 
Properties within 200 feet: owner's names; street addresses; block numbers; lot numbers; zone districts.
13. 
Tabular schedule of: proposed vs. existing vs. required height, area, bulk and other applicable requirements pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
14. 
Building structure/setbacks: proposed, existing and required; location and setbacks of buildings/structures on adjoining properties if such buildings/structures are within 25 feet of subject property.
15. 
Significant property features: proposed and existing; location, size, profile, on-site and within 200 feet of site of (a) ponds, streams, swales, culverts; (b) other watercourses; (c) wooded areas; (d) rock formations; (e) flood hazard areas; (f) wetlands; and (g) other.
16. 
Streets: proposed and existing; location, size, profile, on-site and within 200 feet of site; (a) locations, names, widths, status of improvements, grades, curves; (b) distances to driveways and intersections within 200 feet of site.
17. 
Submission to Essex County Planning Board if required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:27-6.3 or 40:27-6.6.
18. 
Half-story calculation in accordance with § 18A-5.
19. 
Height calculation pursuant in accordance with § 18A-5.
20. 
Maximum story calculation in accordance with Subsection 20-5.4c,7.
21. 
Distances to neighboring homes, measured foundation to foundation, with basic outline of neighboring homes.
22. 
Complete Authorization to Inspect Property form.
23. 
Exterior views of proposed development: elevations, renderings, or drawings.
24. 
Interior floor plans of proposed development.
25. 
Pictures of house and property and surrounding properties.
26. 
Copies of denial letter from Zoning Officer — two pages.
27. 
Applicability of flood hazard area requirements (including wetlands Letter of Interpretation, if applicable).
28. 
Building and lot coverage as defined under § 18A-5.
[Ord. No. 1797-2017 § 2]
29. 
Location of outdoor air conditioner units (condensers) (if any).
30. 
Other materials, as determined by the administrative officer, that are reasonably necessary to decide the application.
f. 
Any application for development classified as an appeal pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(a), shall, where applicable, include the following:
1. 
The order, requirement, decision or refusal made and the Administrative Officer making same.
2. 
Information detailing the nature of the error.
3. 
Other materials, as determined by the Administrative Officer, that are reasonably necessary to decide the application.
g. 
Any application for development classified as a request for interpretation pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(b), shall, where applicable, include the following:
1. 
The section of the zoning ordinance, specific location on the Zoning Map, or special question(s) for which the interpretation is requested.
2. 
The requested interpretation of the zoning ordinance or Zoning Map.
3. 
Other materials, as determined by the Administrative Officer, that are reasonably necessary to decide the application.
h. 
Any application for development classified as a request for a certification pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-68, shall where applicable, include the following:
1. 
Copy of the zoning ordinance that rendered the use or structure nonconforming.
2. 
Outline of witness testimony to demonstrate that use or structure was not abandoned, destroyed, or enlarged, and has continued after being rendered nonconforming by law.
3. 
Documentary evidence, as deemed necessary by the Administrative Officer, to demonstrate that the use or structure was not abandoned, destroyed, or enlarged after being rendered nonconforming by law.
4. 
Other materials, as determined by the Administrative Officer, that are reasonably necessary to decide the application.
[Ord. No. 1272]
All applications for development which require approval by the Planning Board of subdivisions or site plans or both, pursuant to this section, shall fully conform with all applicable provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-38, 40:55D-39, 40:55D-40 and 40:55D-41) and the following provisions:
a. 
Consistency with the requirements of Chapters 19, 20 and 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
b. 
Conformance with regulations related to lands subject to flooding, pursuant to Chapter 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell, so as to avoid danger to life or property.
c. 
Assurance that all provisions, terms, conditions, standards, performance standards and requirements of Chapters 20 and 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell, of the master plan and of the official map, if adopted, are met, fulfilled and implemented, including the consideration of the effect of the site plan on vehicular traffic and street congestion, fire hazards, panic and other danger, flood or hazards of flood, the overcrowding of land or buildings, undue concentration of population, property values and adequacy of light and air, as well as its effect upon the health, morals and general welfare of the Township. In addition, the Township agency shall ascertain that the site plan includes provisions assuring that the implementation of the site plan will be conducive to the orderly development of the site in question and of the general area in which it is located.
d. 
Conformance with the Engineering Standards of the Township of West Caldwell pursuant to § 19-10 of Chapter 19 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board may waive notice and public hearing for an application for development, if the Planning Board finds that the application for development conforms to the definition of "minor subdivision", pursuant to § 18A-5. Minor subdivision approval shall be deemed to be final approval of the subdivision by the Board, provided that the Board may condition such approval on terms ensuring the provision of improvements pursuant to this section.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board may waive notice and public hearing for an application for development, if the Planning Board finds that the application for development conforms to the definition of "minor site plan", pursuant to § 18A-5. Minor site plan approval shall be deemed to be final approval of the site plan by the Board, provided that the Board may condition such approval on terms ensuring the provision of improvements pursuant to this section.
[Ord. No. 1272]
a. 
The Township agency shall require, as a condition for approval of a subdivision or site plan, that the developer pay his pro-rata share of the cost of providing, extending or modifying reasonable and necessary street improvements and water, sewerage and drainage facilities, and easements therefor, located outside the property limits of the subdivision or development but necessitated or required by construction or improvements within such subdivision or development. The developer shall either install the improvements or contribute the pro-rata share of the costs, at the option of the developer. The developer shall be compensated by the Township for all but the pro-rata share of the cost of improvements installed by the developer.
b. 
Consistent with the provisions of this chapter, the Governing Body, with the assistance of the Planning Board and other appropriate Township departments, shall, prior to the imposition of any conditions on a development application, determine whether the off-tract improvements are to be constructed by the Township as a general improvement, as a local improvement or whether such development is to be constructed by the developer with a formula providing for partial reimbursement if the improvement specially benefits properties other than those of the developer.
c. 
Once the foregoing determination has been made, the Governing Body shall estimate, with the aid of the Township Engineer and such other persons having pertinent information or expertise, the cost of the improvement and the amount by which all properties to be serviced thereby, including the developer's property, will be specially benefited therefrom.
d. 
Following the aforesaid determinations by the Governing Body, the developer may be required to provide, as a condition for approval, a bond or cash deposit to ensure payment to the Township of one of the following amounts:
1. 
If the improvement is to be constructed by the Township as a general improvement, an amount equal to the difference between the estimated cost of the improvement and the estimated total amount by which all properties to be serviced thereby, including the developer's property, will be specially benefited by the improvement.
2. 
If the improvement is to be constructed by the Township as a local improvement, then, in addition to the amount due for general improvement, the estimated amount by which the developer's property will be specially benefited by the improvement.
3. 
If the improvement is to be constructed by the developer, an amount equal to the estimated cost of the improvement.
e. 
The amounts of money required pursuant to this subsection shall be estimated sums, and such amounts shall be redetermined by the Township following the completion of the improvement to insure that the developer shall pay only the pro-rata share of the cost.
f. 
Where a developer pays the amount determined as his pro-rata share under protest, he shall institute legal action within one year of such payment in order to preserve the right to a judicial determination as to fairness and reasonableness of such amount.
g. 
The Township shall assess all properties, other than the property of the developer specially benefitting from installation of any off-tract improvements, based upon the actual cost thereof, pursuant to the provisions of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey. However, principal amounts received by the Township from such assessments, together with interest from property owners who have elected to pay for said assessments over a period of years, shall, in the case where the developer is the installer of the off-tract improvements, be credited to the real estate account of the applicant's property. In the case where there has been an apportionment of cost against the Township for the required off-tract improvements and the developer is the installer of the off-tract improvements, then the Township shall pay its portion of cost to the developer not more than three months after the completed installations have been approved by the Township Engineer.
h. 
In the event of any default in payment of an assessment levied by the Township then the Township shall exercise its remedies elsewhere provided; and, if thereafter the balance of principal and interest due upon the subject assessment has not been fully satisfied by payment to the Township and credit thereof given to the real estate account of the developer's property, then the Township shall forthwith pay said balance to the developer or the then successor in interest.
i. 
In the event that the developer shall not be required to install off-tract improvements by virtue of the provisions of this chapter, then and in that event, there shall be paid to the Township Treasurer the amount of the developer's share of the finally determined cost of the off-tract improvements. All moneys received by the Township in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be deposited in an interest-bearing account, and such funds shall be used only for the improvements for which deposited or improvements serving the same purpose. If the improvements are not initiated within a period of 15 years from the date of payment, or other mutually agreeable period of time, all deposited funds shall be returned to the developer, together with accumulated interest.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Township agency shall grant final approval of the detailed drawings, specifications and estimates if the application for final approval conforms to the standards established by this chapter for final approval, the conditions of preliminary approval, and, in the case of a major subdivision, the standards prescribed by the "Map Filing Law", P.L. 1960, c. 141.
[Ord. No. 1272]
Before recording of final subdivision plats or as a condition of final site plan approval or as a condition to the issuance of a zoning permit pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-65d), the Township agency may require and shall accept the furnishing of a performance guarantee and/or the posting of a maintenance guarantee in accordance with the standards established by the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53) for the purpose of assuring the installation and maintenance of on-tract improvements.
[Ord. No. 1272]
There may hereby be adopted, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-32), a document known as "The Official Map of the Township of West Caldwell".
[Ord. No. 1272]
Prior to the hearing on the adoption of any official map or any amendment thereto, the Governing Body shall refer the proposed official map or amendment to the Planning Board, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-32).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The official map shall be deemed conclusive with respect to the location and width of streets and public drainage ways and the location and extent of flood control basins and public areas, whether or not such streets, ways, basins or areas are improved or unimproved or are in actual physical existence.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Governing Body shall enforce this chapter. In the event that any building or structure is erected, constructed, altered, repaired, converted or maintained in violation of this chapter, or any building, structure or land is used in violation of this chapter, the Governing Body and its agents or an interested party, in addition to other remedies, may institute any appropriate action or proceedings to prevent such unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance or use; to restrain, correct or abate such violation; to prevent the occupancy of said building, structure or land; or to prevent any illegal act, conduct, business or use in or about such premises.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1418, § 7; Ord. No. 1463 § 8; Ord. No. 1487 § 5]
a. 
No building or structure shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired, converted, maintained or installed and no land or structure shall be occupied or used in whole or in part for any purpose whatsoever until a construction permit or certificate of occupancy as provided by the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey shall have been issued by the Construction Official or a zoning permit shall have been issued by the Township Zoning Officer, whichever shall be applicable. Notwithstanding the foregoing, after the initial issuance of a certificate of occupancy for premises used for permitted residential purposes, subsequent certificates shall not be required if there is no change in the use or structure.
b. 
The Construction Official shall issue a construction permit or a certificate of occupancy only upon approval by the Township agency pursuant to this chapter, and upon obtaining the advice of the Township Engineer, Zoning Officer, Health Officer, Building Subcode Official, Fire Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Elevator Subcode Official and Fire Prevention Official, as applicable, and he shall certify that all requirements have been satisfied; or, in the case of a temporary certificate of occupancy, shall set forth the unsatisfied requirements with a time limit for completion, together with all requirements of prior approvals of any Township agency. In addition, in the case of a temporary certificate of occupancy, the applicant shall be required to post a performance guarantee pursuant to § 18A-9 to insure completion by a specified date.
c. 
Where an application for development does not require a construction permit or certificate of occupancy, pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code, the Zoning Officer shall review the application for development and, if such application conforms with the requirements for issuance of a zoning permit pursuant to Subsection 18A-9.1 and the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-7), issue same upon payment of the required fee, pursuant to Subsection 18A-8.8. When such construction permit or certificate of occupancy is not required, zoning permits shall be required for, but shall not be limited to, occupancies, signs, banners, sheds, temporary uses and parking area and driveway reconfigurations. In the event an application for development does require a construction permit or certificate of occupancy, the issuance of such permit or certificate shall be deemed to include the issuance of a zoning permit.
d. 
After the issuance of all final certificates of occupancy, certificates of approval or zoning permits, the Zoning Officer shall, on a regular and continuing basis, conduct independent investigations within the Township to determine the presence of any violations of the provisions of Chapters 19, 20 and 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell and this chapter, and process such violations as required by law. For the purposes of this section, all conditions or requirements imposed in any approval of an application for development shall be continuing. The Zoning Officer shall administer the enforcement of such conditions and requirements under the provisions of this section. The Zoning Officer shall provide written notification of any violation, including a specified time limit for compliance. If such violation is not corrected within the time limit specified, the Zoning Officer shall issue a summons answerable in Municipal Court.
e. 
Issuance of permits for incongruous buildings, structures and uses shall be subject to the provisions of Subsection 20-21.5 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of West Caldwell.
[Ord. No. 1272]
Subsequent to the issuance of a construction permit or certificate of occupancy, failure to comply with any of the conditions of approval of an application for development established by a Township agency shall be construed to be a violation of the provisions of this section and shall be grounds for the revocation of any construction permit or certificate of occupancy. A written notice of revocation from the Construction Official, sent by certified mail, requiring compliance with the conditions of approval within a period of time not less than five days shall effectively revoke any construction permit or certificate of occupancy, if compliance is not accomplished within the specified time period.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1487 § 6]
Temporary permits may be issued by the Construction Official or Zoning Officer, as applicable pursuant to Subsection 18A-11.2, for a period not to exceed one year for uses not permitted in the applicable zone district and incidental to construction projects on the same premises, including such uses as storage of building supplies and machinery, the assembly of building materials and a real estate office located on the tract offered for sale, for the exclusive purpose of sales of property located on that tract. The issuance of such permits shall be conditioned upon agreement by the owner to remove any temporary structure erected thereunder and to discontinue the uses upon expiration of the temporary permit. The permits may be renewed by the issuing authority upon approval of the applicable Township agency, after a hearing and for good cause shown for one year periods, but not exceeding three such periods.
[Ord. No. 1598 § I]
After investigation and a finding that a storage shed is in violation of the setback requirements set forth at Subsection 20-19.1f, the Zoning Officer may stay enforcement upon application of the property owner where the violation is determined to be de minimis and it is unlikely to substantially impair the intent and purpose of zoning ordinance. This provision shall apply only to violations of the setback requirements set forth at Subsection 20-19.1f. A stay of enforcement shall not be sought or granted for any other accessory use standards.
a. 
This subsection is adopted as remedial legislation to address circumstances where it is discovered that a shed was erected prior to adoption of this subsection in violation of Subsection 20-19. If, because of survey, construction mistake, or other excusable error. The existing locations of these sheds has not, to date, presented a significant detriment to the Township or its residents. Furthermore, it would be burdensome and wasteful to require the immediate relocation of these sheds.
b. 
This subsection shall apply only to sheds in any residence zone district existing at the time of adoption of this subsection.
c. 
The shed upon any property upon which a stay of enforcement is granted pursuant to this subsection must be maintained in the same location upon which it was located at the time the stay of enforcement was granted or must be relocated in a manner and to a location that complies with all applicable zoning ordinances, including the setback requirements of Subsection 20-19.1f.
d. 
A stay of enforcement granted pursuant to this subsection shall remain in force until such time as: (1) the storage shed is demolished, or (2) the property owner seeks a variance for any relief that occurs in the rear yard, or (3) ownership of the property is transferred or conveyed by means other than devise or intestate succession.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1598 § II]
Notwithstanding any provision herein, no development shall take place within a flood hazard area, as defined in Chapter 21 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of West Caldwell, without first obtaining a "Development Permit for Construction in a Flood Hazard Area" from the Planning Board pursuant to the requirements of said Chapter 21.
[Ord. No. 1272; Ord. No. 1598 § III]
No permit for the erection of any building or structure shall be issued unless the lot abuts a street giving access to such proposed building or structure. Such street shall conform with the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law for Residential Storage Sheds (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-35).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Planning Board shall prepare and, after public hearing, adopt or amend a master plan, or component parts thereof, to guide the use of lands within the Township in a manner which protects public health and safety and promotes the general welfare.
[Ord. No. 1272]
The master plan shall generally comprise a report or statement and land use and development proposals, with maps, diagrams and text, presenting at least a statement of objectives, a land use plan element and a housing plan element, pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28).
[Ord. No. 1272]
The Governing Body shall, at least every six years, provide for a general reexamination of the master plan and development regulations by the Planning Board which shall prepare and adopt by resolution a report on the findings of such reexamination, a copy of which report and resolution shall be sent to the County Planning Board and the Municipal Clerk of each adjoining municipality. The first such reexamination shall have been completed by August 1, 1982. The next reexamination shall be completed by August 1, 1988.
Thereafter, a reexamination shall be completed at least once every six years from the previous reexamination. The reexamination report shall contain the provisions established pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-89).
[Ord. No. 1272]
If the provisions of any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or clause of this chapter shall be judged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such order or judgment shall not affect or invalidate the remainder of any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or clause of this chapter and, to this end, the provisions of each section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or clause of this chapter are hereby declared to be severable.
[Ord. No. 1272]
This chapter being necessary for the welfare of the Township and its inhabitants shall be considered liberally to effect the purposes thereof.
[Ord. No. 1272]
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon adoption and publication according to law.
[Ord. No. 1462]
The purpose of this section is to establish standards for the collection, maintenance and expenditure of development fees to be used for the sole purpose of providing low and moderate income housing opportunities and assistance, which are consistent with the Supreme Court decision in Holmdel Builder's Ass'n v. Holmdel Township, 121 New Jersey 550 (1990) and regulations adopted by the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:93-8 et seq. Accordingly, this section shall be interpreted within the framework of COAH's development fee regulations. Except as otherwise provided, no ordinance to collect fees shall be in effect until the Court has certified it.
[Ord. No. 1462]
COAH
Shall mean the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing.
DEVELOPMENT FEES
Shall mean money paid by an individual, person, partnership, association, company, corporation or other legal entity, for the improvement of property as permitted in N.J.A.C. 5:93-8.
EQUALIZED ASSESSED VALUE
Shall mean the value of a property, determined by the municipal Tax Assessor through a process designated to ensure that all property in the municipality is assessed at the same assessment ratio or ratios required by law. Estimates at the time of issuance of a building permit may be obtained utilizing estimates for construction cost. Final equalized assessed value will be determined at project completion by the municipal Tax Assessor.
HOUSING TRUST FUND
Shall mean the interest bearing account in which all development fees will be deposited pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:93-8.15.
INCLUSIONARY DEVELOPMENT
Shall mean a development containing low and moderate-income units. This term includes, but is not necessarily limited to new construction, the conversion of a nonresidential structure to a residential structure and the creation of new low and moderate-income units through gut rehabilitation of a vacant residential structure.
JUDGMENT OF REPOSE
Shall mean a judgment issued by the Superior Court approving a municipality's plan to satisfy its fair share obligation.
SUBSTANTIVE CERTIFICATION
Shall mean a determination by COAH approving a municipality's housing element and fair share plan in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Housing Act and the rules and criteria as set forth herein. A grant of substantive certification shall be valid for a period of six years in accordance with the terms and conditions therein.
[Ord. No. 1462]
Unless otherwise excluded by Subsection 18A-14.4 of this section, all nonresidential development shall be assessed a development fee, as a condition for securing preliminary subdivision or site plan approval.
a. 
Developers within all nonresidential zoning districts shall pay a fee of 1% of either the equalized assessed value for nonresidential development or the appraised value utilized on the document for construction financing.
b. 
If a "d" variance is granted pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d(4), then the additional floor area realized (above what is permitted by right under the existing zoning) will incur a bonus development fee of 6% rather than the development fee of 1%. However, if the zoning on a site has changed during the two-year period preceding the filing of the "d" variance application, the density for the purposes of calculating the bonus development fee shall be the highest density permitted by right during the two-year period preceding the filing of the "d" variance application. The development fee may be based on either the equalized assessed value for nonresidential development or the appraised value utilized on the document for construction financing.
[Ord. No. 1462]
a. 
Developers of low and moderate-income units shall be exempt from paying development fees.
b. 
Developers of property which upon completion shall be exempt from real property taxation shall be exempt from paying a development fee.
c. 
The expansion or improvement of an existing residential structure shall be exempt from the development fee requirement.
d. 
The expansion or improvement of a nonresidential structure shall be exempt from any development fee requirement only if it involves the addition of less than 1,000 square feet of floor area.
e. 
A development which involves the complete or substantial replacement of an existing residential or nonresidential structure shall be deemed to be new construction regardless of whether the replacement structure is larger than the prior structure. Thus, replacement construction shall not be exempt from the development fee requirement.
f. 
Other development shall be exempt from any development fee required to the extent provided by the terms of any other order entered by the Superior Court in the Mount Laurel litigation involving the Township of West Caldwell.
g. 
Developments that have received preliminary or final approval prior to the effective date of this section shall be exempt from paying a development fee, unless the developer seeks a substantial change in the approval. Examples of a substantial change include a substantial alteration in site layout, development density, or types of uses within the development.
[Ord. No. 1462]
a. 
Developers shall pay up to 50% of the calculated development fee to the Township of West Caldwell at the issuance of the building permits. The amount of the development fee shall be based initially on an estimate by the Tax Assessor of the increase in equalized assessed value attributable to the improvements constructed. Prior to requesting a building permit, a developer shall submit to the Building Department a request for calculation of the development fee amount, which request shall be forwarded to the Tax Assessor.
b. 
At the issuance of certificate of occupancy, the amount of the development fee shall be calculated based on the difference in the equalized assessed value of the property before and after the development activity which is subject to the development fee. The amount of the development fee shall be recalculated and the developer shall be responsible for paying the difference between the development fee amount and the amount paid prior to the issuance of the building permit. The developer shall be responsible for paying the difference between the fee calculated at time of issuance of the building permit and paid at issuance of certificate of occupancy. Prior to requesting a certificate of occupancy, the developer shall submit to the Building Department a request for calculation of the development fee amount which request shall be forwarded to the Tax Assessor. The entire fee may also be paid at the issuance of the certificate(s) of occupancy.
c. 
Development fees that are challenged by a developer shall be placed in an interest bearing account. If all or a portion of the contested fees are returned to the developer, the accrued interest on the returned amount shall also be returned.
[Ord. No. 1462]
a. 
There is hereby created an interest bearing housing trust fund for the purpose of receiving development fees from residential and nonresidential developers, which fund shall be maintained at a financial institution designated by the Chief Financial Officer who shall be responsible for the administration of the housing trust and authorization for any expenditures. All development fees paid by developers pursuant to this section shall be deposited in this fund. No money shall be expended from the housing trust fund unless the expenditure conforms to the spending plan approved by the Superior Court or COAH.
b. 
If the Superior Court or COAH determines that the Township is not in conformance with COAH's rules on development fees, currently codified at N.J.A.C. 5:93-8, the Superior Court or COAH is authorized to direct the expenditure of all development fees paid by developers pursuant to this section, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:93-8.18 and N.J.A.C. 5:93-8.19. This authorization is pursuant to this section, COAH's rules on development fees and the written authorization with the financial institution that is the depository for the Township housing trust fund. The Township shall execute an escrow agreement with COAH and the financial institution where the housing trust fund is maintained to enable COAH to monitor disbursement of collected development fees and direct the expenditures of development fees, after proper notice, hearing and Court or COAH approval, if the imposition, collection, and/or expenditure of fees does not conform with this section, COAH rules, or the Court or COAH approved spending plan.
[Ord. No. 1462]
a. 
Money deposited in the housing trust fund may be used for any activity approved by the Superior Court or COAH for addressing the Township's low and moderate-income housing obligation. Such activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to, housing rehabilitation, new construction, regional contribution agreements, the purchase of land for low and moderate income housing, extensions and/or improvements of roads and infrastructure to low and moderate income housing sites, assistance designed to render units more affordable to low and moderate income household and administrative costs necessary to implement the Township of West Caldwell's Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. The expenditure of all money shall conform to a spending plan approved by the Court.
b. 
At least 30% of the revenues collected, not targeted for a regional contribution agreement, rehabilitation program or a municipal construction project, shall be devoted to render units more affordable unless exempt as per N.J.A.C. 5:93-8.16(c). Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to: down payment assistance, closing cost assistance, low interest loans and rental assistance.
c. 
No more than 20% of the revenues shall be expended on administrative costs necessary to develop, revise or implement the Housing Element. Examples of eligible administrative activities include personnel, consultant services, space costs, consumable supplies and rental or purchase of equipment directly associated with plan development or plan implementation.
d. 
Development fee revenues shall not be expended to reimburse the Township for housing activities that preceded entry of a Mount Laurel Compliance Judgment by the Superior Court, judgment of repose or substantive certification.
[Ord. No. 1462]
This section shall take effect upon final passage and publication in accordance with the law and subject to approval by the Superior Court in the pending Mount Laurel litigation involving the Township of West Caldwell.
[Ord. No. 1462]
This section, permitting the collection of development fees, shall expire as a result of any of the following:
a. 
A violation of a judgment of repose/substantive certification that results in the loss of repose/certification.
b. 
The expiration of the time defined by a judgment of repose unless:
1. 
The Township has filed an adopted housing element with COAH;
2. 
Petitioned for substantive certification; and
3. 
Received COAH's approval of its development fee ordinance.