Township of Cedar Grove, NJ
Essex County
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[Amended 1-31-1977 by Ord. No. 77-35]
An owner of land within the Township prior to subdividing or resubdividing land, as defined in this chapter, shall submit through the Planning and Zoning Coordinator to the Planning Board, at least one week prior to the regular meeting of the Board, nine copies of the sketch plat of the proposed subdivision prepared in accordance with the requirements of § 234-7 hereof for purposes of classification and preliminary discussion. At the time of filing, a fee of $10 shall be paid to the Planning and Zoning Coordinator for processing said application for classification of sketch plat. The landowner shall have the option to omit compliance with the sketch plat procedure for this chapter and submit the document required commencing with the discussion plat procedures, § 234-10, in the first instance.
[Amended 3-17-1969 by Ord. No. 69-5]
The sketch plat shall be prepared by a land surveyor, engineer or architect licensed in the State of New Jersey and shall be based on deed or deed map information or some other similar accurate base at a scale not less than 200 feet to the inch, to enable the entire tract to be shown on one sheet. If one sheet is not of sufficient size to contain the entire land area involved, the map may be divided into sections to be shown on separate sheets with references on each sheet to the adjoining sheet. The sketch plat will contain a certification by the preparer that the measurements shown are accurate. The size requirements for sketch plats shall be the same as those for final plats called for by state statutes. The sketch plat shall show or include the following information:
A. 
The location of that portion which is to be subdivided in relation to the entire tract.
B. 
All existing structures, uses and wooded areas within 200 feet of the portion to be subdivided.
C. 
The name and address of the owner and all property owners within 200 feet of the extreme limits of the proposed subdivision as disclosed by the most recent municipal tax records.
D. 
The Tax Map sheet, block and lot numbers.
E. 
All streets or roads and streams within 500 feet of the subdivision.
F. 
Building setback line.
G. 
Street numbers for each lot.
[Amended 11-4-1974 by Ord. No. 74-24; 1-31-1977 by Ord. No. 77-35]
A. 
If an application for a subdivision is deemed to be incomplete, the developer shall be notified thereof within 45 days of the submission of such application, or it shall be deemed to be properly submitted. If the proposed subdivision is tentatively classified as a minor subdivision by majority action of the Planning Board, the Planning Board shall hold a public hearing on the approval of the subdivision. The date of said hearing shall be set by the Secretary of the Planning Board. At least 10 days prior to the hearing, the subdivider shall cause notice of the hearing to be published in the official newspaper of the Township or a newspaper of general circulation in the Township. At least 10 days prior to the hearing, the subdivider shall notify all of the property owners within 200 feet of the extreme limits of the property involved in the subdivision, as their names appear on the Township tax records, by mailing notice to them by certified mail. Said notices shall state the time and place of the hearing, a brief description of the property involved, a statement as to its location, a list of the maps and other documents to be considered, a summary statement of the matters to be heard and that a copy of said subdivision is on file in the office of the Secretary of the Planning Board for public inspection. At least one day prior to the hearing, the subdivider shall file, with the Planning Board, an affidavit affirming that he has notified all of the above-described property owners by certified mail and shall also file proof of publication of said newspaper notice. If, after the hearing, the proposed subdivision receives final approval, a notation to that effect will be made on all copies of the sketch plat by the Chairman of the Planning Board. All copies of the plat shall then be forwarded to the Township Clerk for his signature, and one copy shall be returned to the subdivider.
B. 
In the event that any owner or subdivider requests approval of a subdivision which meets all the requirements of a minor subdivision, except for minimum lot dimensions or lot area requirements as specified by Chapter 268, Zoning, the owner shall submit a sketch plat and the required number of copies, and the procedure set forth in Subsection A of this section shall be followed; except that, after the sketch plat has been reviewed by the Planning Board, the Planning Board shall then consider the granting of the variance in the same manner, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions as the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
C. 
Before the Township Clerk returns the approved sketch plat to the subdivider, the Clerk shall retain one copy for filing and furnish one copy to each of the following:
(1) 
Township Engineer.
(2) 
Building Inspector.
(3) 
Tax Assessor.
(4) 
Planning and Zoning Coordinator.
D. 
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 Article V of this chapter.
E. 
Minor subdivision approval shall be granted or denied within 45 days of the date of submission of a complete application to the administrative officer or within such further time as may be consented to by the applicant. Failure of the Planning Board to act within the period prescribed shall constitute minor subdivision approval, and a certificate of the administrative officer as to the failure of the Planning Board to act shall be issued on request of the applicant, and it shall be sufficient in lieu of the written endorsement or other evidence of approval herein required and shall be so accepted by the county recording officer for purposes of filing subdivision plats.
F. 
Whenever review or approval of the application by the County Planning Board is required by Section 5 of P.L. 1968, c. 285 (N.J.S.A. 40:27-6.3), the Municipal Planning Board shall condition any approval that it grants upon timely receipt of a favorable report on the application by the County Planning Board or approval by the County Planning Board by its failure to report thereon within the required time period.
G. 
Approval of a minor subdivision shall expire 190 days from the date of municipal approval, unless within such period a plat in conformity with such approval and the provisions of the Map Filing Law, P.L. 1960, c. 141 (N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.), or a deed clearly describing the approved minor subdivision is filed by the developer with the county recording officer, the Municipal Engineer and the Municipal Tax Assessor. Any such plat or deed accepted for such filing shall have been signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Planning Board.
H. 
The zoning requirements and general terms and conditions, whether conditional or otherwise, upon which minor subdivision approval was granted shall not be changed for a period of two years after the date of minor subdivision approval, provided that the approved minor subdivision shall have been duly recorded as provided in this section.
[Amended 1-31-1977 by Ord. No. 77-35]
If the proposed subdivision is classified as a major subdivision, a notation to that effect shall be made on the sketch plat which will be returned to the subdivider. In addition, the Township Engineer shall furnish the subdivider with a copy of the Township specifications, covering the installation of public improvements. If an application for a subdivision is deemed to be incomplete, the developer shall be notified thereof within 45 days of the submission of such application, or it shall be deemed to be properly submitted.