[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 5-14-1969 by Ord. No. 608 (Ch. 15, Art. II, of the 1969 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor and Council hereby finds and declares that:
The Borough is traversed by three important thoroughfares: N. J. Route No. 17, N. J. Route No. 4 and the Garden State Parkway, all of which are now heavily traveled;
The economic opportunity for business activities deriving their support from traffic on the thoroughfares traversing the Borough has led to the installation along these thoroughfares of a variety of establishments;
These establishments are such as to attract a substantial number of patrons and consequently a steady stream of motor vehicles;
The primary means of access to these establishments is by automobile;
The regulations of the State Division of Motor Vehicles prohibits parking along the shoulders of the state highway Route Nos. 4 and 17;
These establishments must of necessity maintain off-street parking facilities to accommodate the above-mentioned patrons;
It is the practice of many of these establishments to display their goods, wares and merchandise in and in close proximity to the aforesaid parking facilities;
The effect of such display is to entice and encourage patrons of varying ages to stop and examine such goods, wares and merchandise and to congregate in and near the area devoted to parking purposes;
This condition constitutes an ever-present danger to the health and safety of the patrons of such establishments; and
The utilization of the area adjacent to a street, highway, access driveway or turning area for purposes of display also creates an ever-present danger by obstructing the view of both pedestrians and drivers of motor vehicles.
Therefore, the Mayor and Council of the Borough, in order to promote and protect the public safety and welfare, deems it necessary to enact appropriate legislation therefor.
No person shall place, display, store or continue or cause to be placed, displayed, stored or continued any goods, wares or merchandise, whether for sale or display for the purposes of sale, nearer than or closer to a distance of 40 feet in any direction from the perimeter of any off-street parking area provided for or utilized by patrons of such person or that may be required by any ordinance of the Borough unless the same be in a building enclosed on all sides, and constructed in accordance with Borough ordinances.
No person shall place, display, store or continue or cause to be placed, displayed, stored or continued any goods, wares or merchandise for sale or displayed for purposes of sale nearer than or closer to a distance of 40 feet in any direction from any sidewalk, street, highway, vehicular driveway entrance or turning area.
[Added 11-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-23; amended 3-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-2]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided herein, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided by § 1-15 of this Code. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.