Township of Washington, NJ
Morris County
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§ 175-24 Size requirements.

[Amended 2-20-1989 by Ord. No. 1-89]
All maps, plats and sketch plats required to be submitted by this chapter shall be 24 inches by 36 inches in size.

§ 175-25 Sketch plats.

All plats shall be based on accurate information at a scale of not more than one inch equals 100 feet and shall show or include the following information, except that the Planning Board may waive any requirement or request additional information where, in its judgment, it is necessary to the particular application.
A. 
Location and key map. The entire tract to be subdivided, giving the accurate location of all existing and proposed property and street lines, including a key map at a scale where one inch equals 500 feet, showing the entire subdivision, including proposed street layouts, and its relation to all features shown on the Official Map and Master Plan, including greenway plan and trails, and located within 1/2 mile of the extreme limits of the subdivision and of adjacent land. All existing flag lots or those which have received preliminary approval within 500 feet on the same side of the street shall be shown.
[Amended 6-18-1979 by Ord. No. 54-79; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00; 9-20-2004 by Ord. No. 22-04]
B. 
Structures, wooded areas, topography and soil information.
[Amended 2-18-1980 by Ord. No. 3-80; 6-19-1995 by Ord. No. 18-95; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
(1) 
The location of existing houses, buildings and other structures, with accurate dimensions from all existing and proposed lot lines, topography, delineated flood hazard areas, buffer zones, wetlands and transition areas, ridgelines, minimum improvable lot areas and soils information within the portion to be subdivided and within 200 feet thereof. The limits of wooded areas location/species/condition of all trees 10 inches or more in diameter measured 4.5 feet from the grade where said trees are in the area of proposed disturbance plus 50 feet surrounding the proposed area of disturbance. For all tracts with slopes in excess of 15%, slope information shall be submitted per Chapter 217, Zoning, § 217-38, Steep slopes and ridge protection.
[Amended 8-20-2001 by Ord. No. 22-01]
(2) 
Topography shall be at a two-foot contour interval. Soils information shall be shown on the plat with soils classifications and boundaries per the Soil Survey of Morris County, New Jersey, prepared by the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition, a tally in each class so designated shall be provided.
[Amended 2-15-2010 by Ord. No. 05-10]
C. 
Owners. The name of the owner, all adjoining property owners and those across existing or proposed streets as disclosed by the most recent municipal tax records.
D. 
Identity. The Tax Map sheet, date of revision, block and lot numbers and zone district.
E. 
Streets, easements, watercourses and rights-of-way. The location of existing and/or proposed streets, roads, utility poles and pole numbers, easements, public rights-of-way, streams, bridges, culverts, drainage ditches and natural watercourses in and within 200 feet of the subdivision.
[Amended 2-18-1980 by Ord. No. 4-80]
F. 
Lots. The original and proposed lot layout, lot dimensions, all required setback lines and lot areas of each lot in square feet and acreage. Flag lots shall include individual area of lot exclusive of flagstaff. Lots shall be designated by letter, for minor subdivisions and by consecutive numbers for major subdivisions until given official lot number designations by the Township. For minor subdivisions, house numbers as approved by the Construction Code Official shall be shown for all lots.
[Amended 7-15-1985 by Ord. No. 25-85; 6-19-1995 by Ord. No. 18-95]
G. 
Wetlands. Wetlands and their classification shall be delineated per § 175-27V.
[Added 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 26-91]
H. 
Percolation/permeability tests. In the event that public sewers are not available and individual septic systems are proposed, the sketch plat shall show the following information:
[Amended 12-18-1978 by Ord. No. 34-78; 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 26-91]
(1) 
Major subdivisions. For all proposed lots in Califon, Cokesbury and other soils with severe septic limitations, as set forth in the soil survey for Morris County, satisfactory percolation/permeability tests and soil logs per § 175-27J.
(2) 
Minor subdivisions. Satisfactory percolation/permeability tests and soil logs per § 175-27J.
I. 
Other information.
(1) 
The date of original preparation and date of revision, if any, of plat, as well as old name if submitted previously under different title.
(2) 
A statement that the applicant intends to submit a full development impact statement or a statement setting forth specific reasons why the applicant requests a waiver of all or part of the requirements for a development impact statement.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 16-6.2j, regarding recreation plans, which immediately followed this subsection, added 6-17-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91, was repealed 8-21-1995 by Ord. No. 27-95.

§ 175-26 Information required for minor subdivision plats.

A. 
If the sketch plat is being submitted for minor subdivision approval, it shall contain the information required under § 175-25 and shall be a certified survey map drawn by a licensed New Jersey land surveyor. It shall include a zoning table which compares the land use, density, setback distances and any other related data between that which is required in the Municipal Zoning Ordinance[1] and that which is proposed on the subdivision plat. The plat shall provide for endorsement by the Chairman and Secretary of the Planning Board. If the plat is to be filed in accordance with § 175-21F, it shall meet the requirements of the Map Filing Act.[2]
[Amended 9-20-2004 by Ord. No. 22-04]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 217, Zoning.
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.
B. 
Where there is a question of the suitability of a lot or lots for their intended use due to factors such as rock formations, soil conditions, steep slopes, streams, watercourses, flood conditions, diversion or increase of water onto nearby properties, high-water table and/or other environmentally sensitive factors, the Planning Board may require the applicant to submit information satisfactory to the Planning Board on any or all of the above factors. Upon receipt and review of the above information, the Planning Board shall have the right to grant approval conditional on one or both of the following:
[Amended 5-10-1989 by Ord. No. 14-89; 6-20-1994 by Ord. No. 10-94]
(1) 
Compliance with specific actions to remedy the lot(s) suitable for the intended use.
(2) 
Compliance with specific drainage and/or conservation easements restricting portions of the lot(s) from the intended use.
(3) 
For Cokesbury, Califon Turbotville, alluvial and muck soils, compliance with the Shimel Report, a copy of which is on file at the Planning Board office.
C. 
The minor subdivision plat shall show the following driveway information to assist in the required driveway permit application:
[Added 3-20-1989 by Ord. No. 5-89]
(1) 
Driveway location, utilizing dimensions from utility poles.
(2) 
Speed limit along street.
(3) 
Sight distance in each direction, measured in accordance with Chapter 172, Streets and Sidewalks, § 172-20C.
(4) 
Details of clearing/excavation, if required, to achieve sight distance.
(5) 
Typical location of dwelling and alignment of driveway from dwelling to street. Show driveway center line radius for all bends.
(6) 
Proposed dimensions and type of construction, including pavement limits per Chapter 172, Streets and Sidewalks, Article III, Driveway Construction.
(7) 
Center-line profile showing existing and proposed grades at fifty-foot intervals where grades exceed 8%.
(8) 
Proposed drainage improvements.
(9) 
Erosion control improvements for all designs exceeding 8%, both temporary and permanent.
(10) 
Proposed easements for multiple-use driveways and note indicating mutual maintenance agreements to be provided.
(11) 
Note indicating that it shall comply with all applicable portions of Chapter 172, Streets and Sidewalks, Article III, Driveway Construction.

§ 175-27 Plat submitted for preliminary approval.

[Amended 6-18-1979 by Ord. No. 54-79]
The preliminary plat shall be clearly and legibly drawn or reproduced at a scale of not less than one inch equals 100 feet. Preliminary plats shall be drawn by a licensed New Jersey professional engineer or land surveyor. Contour maps and preliminary construction plans, including road profiles and utility plans, shall be submitted as part of the preliminary plat. Separate maps may be required by the Board for topography, utilities and road details. A soil erosion and sedimentation control plan and a grading plan of at least one inch equals 100 feet shall be included. The grading plan shall show the existing, as well as the proposed, contours. The plat shall be designed in compliance with the provisions of Article VII, Design Standards, and shall show or be accompanied by the following information:
A. 
Location and key map. The entire tract to be subdivided, giving the accurate location of all existing and proposed property and street lines, including a key map at a scale where one inch equals 400 feet, showing the entire subdivision, including proposed street and lot layouts, and its relation to all features shown on the Official Map and Master Plan, including overlay zones, greenway plans, trails, limestone areas, acquifer recharge areas, public wells and prior major subdivisions and located within 1/2 mile of the extreme limits of the subdivision and the zoning classifications of the proposed subdivision and of adjacent land. All existing flag lots or those which have received preliminary approval within 500 feet on the same side of the street shall be shown.
[Amended 6-18-1979 by Ord. No. 54-79; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
B. 
Proposed lots. Lot layout, lot dimensions, all required setback lines and individual lot areas in square feet and acreage. Flag lots shall include individual area of lot exclusive of flagstaff. Lots shall be designated by consecutive letters until given an official lot number designation by the Township. House numbers as approved by the Construction Code Official shall be shown for all lots.
[Amended 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 9-82; 7-15-1985 by Ord. No. 25-85; 6-19-1995 by Ord. No. 18-95]
C. 
Other contents. The tract name, Tax Map sheet and date or revision, block and lot numbers, date of plat preparation, reference meridian, scale, graphic scale and the following names and addresses:
(1) 
Record owner or owners of property to be subdivided; if other than an individual, the corporate officers or partners or other statutory agent.
(2) 
Subdivider.
(3) 
Person who prepared the map, Official Seal and license numbers.
(4) 
Owners of property within 200 feet of entire tract being subdivided.
D. 
Acreage. Acreage of the tract to be subdivided to the nearest hundredth of an acre and acreage of streets and/or public areas to be dedicated to the Township and/or public agencies in feet and acreage. The preliminary plat shall include a certified survey map drawn by a licensed New Jersey land surveyor.
[Amended 4-17-1989 by Ord. No. 10-89]
E. 
Topography, elevations and soils information. Sufficient elevations and contours at two-foot vertical intervals for all slopes to determine the general slope and natural drainage of the land and the high and low points for a distance of 200 feet around the entire tract boundary. Soils information shall be shown on the plat with soils classifications and boundaries per the Soil Survey of Morris County, New Jersey, prepared by the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition, a tally in each soil's class so designated shall be provided. For all tracts with slopes in excess of 15%, slope information shall be submitted per Chapter 217, Zoning, § 217-38, Steep slopes ridgeline, mountainside, hillside and viewshed protection areas.
[Amended 2-18-1980 by Ord. No. 4-80; 6-19-1995 by Ord. No. 18-95; 2-15-2010 by Ord. No. 05-10]
F. 
Existing and proposed locations. The location of existing and proposed property lines, streets, utility poles and pole numbers, buildings, watercourses, railroads, bridges, culverts, drainpipes, sanitary sewers, water mains, gas mains, power lines and any natural features such as rock formations, delineated flood hazard areas and buffers, wetlands and transition areas, ridgelines and minimum improvable lot areas. The limits of wooded areas, location/species/condition of all trees 10 inches or more in diameter measured 4.5 feet from the grade where said trees are in area of proposed disturbance plus 50 feet surrounding the proposed area of disturbance. This data shall be determined by field and/or photogrammetric survey.
[Amended 2-18-1980 by Ord. No. 3-80; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
G. 
Streets.
(1) 
Preliminary plans and profiles at a scale of not more than one inch equals 50 feet horizontally and one inch equals five feet vertically, including cross sections every 50 feet or as specified by the Township Engineer of all proposed streets, curbs and gutters within the subdivision and proposed connection with existing or future continuing streets. The distances and radii of all curves along all street lines shall be shown.
(2) 
All topographic surveys and profiles shall be based on the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Datum, and the developer's engineer shall so certify the plans submitted. Plans shall indicate a minimum of two permanent benchmarks with location and elevation of the same.
H. 
Utilities. Preliminary plans and profiles of proposed utility layouts shall be at a scale of not more than one inch equals 50 feet horizontally and one inch equals five feet vertically (water, storm and sanitary sewers) showing connections to existing or proposed utility systems.
[Amended 6-18-1979 by Ord. No. 54-79]
I. 
Sewers, drains, ditches. Preliminary plans and profiles at a scale of one inch equals 50 feet horizontally and one inch equals five feet vertically of all proposed and existing sanitary sewers, storm drains, drainage ditches and streams within the subdivision, together with the locations, sizes, elevations, grades and capacities of any existing sanitary sewer, storm drain, drainage ditch or stream or watercourse to which the proposed facility shall be connected. When brook or stream channel improvements are proposed or required, the plans for such improvement shall be approved by the State Department of Environmental Protection or the Morris County Planning Board, where applicable.
J. 
Percolation/permeability tests and soil logs.
[Amended 12-21-1981 by Ord. No. 48-81; 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 26-91]
(1) 
No subdivision or part thereof proposed to be serviced by individual sewage disposal systems shall be approved where results of the required tests per N.J.A.C. 7:9A-1.1 et seq. do not meet with the established requirements of this chapter or other applicable ordinances or regulations, nor shall any subdivision or part thereof be considered where other physical characteristics of the land would cause septic conditions unsanitary to the public or contrary to the requirements of this chapter or other applicable ordinances or regulations. Any remedy proposed to overcome such situations shall first be approved by the appropriate local and state health agency.
(2) 
The following requirements shall be met:
(a) 
Two passing percolation/permeability tests and two acceptable soil logs shall be conducted on each lot at the applicant's expense by a person authorized by state law to conduct such test. The location of these tests shall be within the proposed disposal field and shall be set forth on the preliminary plat.
(b) 
The percolation/permeability tests shall be witnessed by a representative of the Township Health Department, who shall be notified at least 48 hours prior to the conducting of any test.
(c) 
The results of all passing, unsatisfactory and abandoned tests shall be submitted to the Township Health Department and to the Planning Board. The location of these passing, unsatisfactory and abandoned tests shall be set forth on the preliminary plat.
(d) 
No percolation/permeability test or soil log shall be located closer than 100 feet from the highest elevation of seasonal surface water.
(e) 
In areas where on-site or on-tract recharge of the aquifer by stormwaters is proposed, additional percolation/permeability tests may be required by the Township Engineer or Planning Board.
(f) 
In areas of questionable percolation/permeability, the Township Health Department may establish the conditions under which the percolation/permeability tests may be undertaken, including the month of the year and location.
(g) 
Where lot lines change during the Planning Board review, additional percolation/permeability tests and soil logs may be required by the Township Health Department or the Planning Board.
(h) 
Where an existing dwelling is part of the proposed subdivision, the exact location of the well and septic system shall be shown on the preliminary plat. For individual disposal systems constructed prior to January 1, 1990:
[1] 
The existing system shall be tested by a licensed professional engineer, who shall certify, in writing, that the system is in proper working order.
[2] 
A reserve area shall be shown on the plat for future septic system replacement, if required. Percolation/permeability tests and soil logs shall be performed for the reserve area per § 175-27J.
K. 
Private sewage disposal. Plans for a typical individual or package sewage disposal system where the same is proposed. Said plans shall be approved by the appropriate local and/or state agency.
L. 
Off-tract improvements. When the development of the subdivision or improvements within the subdivision are contingent upon improvements outside the boundaries of said subdivision, information shall be supplied by the subdivider prior to Planning Board consideration for preliminary approval that the improvements outside the subdivision are installed and will be available to the subdivider.
M. 
Setback lines. All front, rear and side yard lines shall be shown for all lots.
N. 
Deed restrictions. A copy of any protective covenants or deed restrictions applying to the land being subdivided shall be submitted with the preliminary plat.
O. 
Open space. Any open spaces proposed to be dedicated for public use or playgrounds or other public purpose and the location and use of all such property shall be shown on the plat.
P. 
Support capability. When deemed necessary to determine the suitability of the soil to support new construction, the Planning Board shall require test holes or borings to be made by a New Jersey licensed engineer or an approved testing laboratory at the expense of the subdivider under the direction of the Township Engineer.
Q. 
Development impact statement.
[Amended 5-18-1981 by Ord. No. 14-81; 2-17-1997 by Ord. No. 5-97]
(1) 
Purpose. The purpose of the development impact statement is to provide comprehensive information needed to properly evaluate the effect of a proposed project upon the community and the environment.
(2) 
The statement should be prepared in accordance with Subsection Q(4) below by a person or firm having expertise in planning and economics in the environmental field by virtue of training, experience or education.
(3) 
The applicant shall submit six copies of the development impact statement to the Planning Board Clerk. Any amendments, addendums or supplements to the statement must also be submitted in triplicate.
(4) 
The development impact statement shall contain the following:
(a) 
Name and qualifications of the persons or firm preparing the statement.
(b) 
An abstract or summary of the major points and conclusions of the statement.
(c) 
An inventory of existing conditions for the project site, the surrounding area and other areas affected by the project. In the presentation, attention should be given to the identification and description of critical impact areas, including but not necessarily limited to streams and stream corridors, swamps, marshes, steep slopes, highly erodible soils, areas of high-water table, floodprone areas, aquifer recharge areas, unique stands of native vegetation and important wildlife feeding or breeding grounds. The inventory should include, but not necessarily be limited to, an analysis of the following.
[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00; 8-20-2001 by Ord. No. 22-01; 3-18-2002 by Ord. No. 6-02]
[1] 
Soils and their properties to be mapped on page 1 of the plat.
[2] 
Topography.
[3] 
Geology.
[4] 
Groundwater hydrology.
[5] 
Surface water.
[6] 
The size of the subwatershed and the location of the site within the subwatershed(s).
[7] 
Vegetation, wildlife and aquatic species and communities.
[8] 
Land use.
[9] 
Air quality.
[10] 
Water quality.
[11] 
Ambient noise level.
[12] 
Aesthetic features.
[13] 
Historical and archaeological features. This segment shall be prepared by a trained professional archaeologist who meets the professional qualification standards of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation established pursuant to The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq., as amended, and the regulations adopted thereto, as amended.
(d) 
A description of the services and/or natural resources to be utilized by the project. The discussion should include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
[Amended 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
[1] 
Water supply (including the use of individual wells).
[2] 
Sewage facilities (including the use of on-site disposal systems, with soil logs and all percolation test results).
[3] 
Stormwater management and drainage.
[4] 
Solid waste disposal.
[5] 
Energy.
[6] 
Transportation/traffic.
[7] 
School and educational facilities.
[8] 
Public safety and health services.
[9] 
Recreation and cultural facilities.
[10] 
Tax revenues and costs of services.
(e) 
For residential subdivisions with 50 or more units and all industrial subdivisions or site plans, a project description should be provided which shall specify the method of construction and operation of the proposed project and include a timetable for construction.
(f) 
A listing and assessment of the probable impact of the project on the environment and community including both adverse and beneficial effects, based on the pertinent items enumerated under Subsection Q(4)(c) and (d).
(g) 
A thorough discussion of steps to be taken, during and after construction, to minimize adverse impacts as described under Subsection Q(4)(f).
(h) 
Alternatives to the proposed project that might avoid some or all of the adverse impacts as described in Subsection Q(4)(f).
(i) 
A listing of all licenses, permits and other approvals required by law and the status of each.
(j) 
A listing of all sources of information used in the preparation of the statement.
(k) 
A discussion of how the applicant's design will conserve energy use.
(l) 
Alternatives. Alternatives to the arrangement of the proposed development shall be discussed. The board of jurisdiction shall reserve the right to require alternative arrangements of land, buildings and infrastructure to determine a design of lesser impact.
[Added 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
(m) 
Provide information on the off-site secondary impacts as follows:
[Added 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
[1] 
Surface runoff and flooding.
[2] 
Nonpoint source pollution.
[3] 
Sedimentation and erosion.
[4] 
Water supply quality and quantity.
[5] 
Traffic congestion.
[6] 
Habitat fragmentation.
(n) 
Circulation impact study. Circulation impact studies, when required, shall conform to the following provisions:
[Added 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 36-00]
[1] 
When required, a circulation impact study shall be submitted for all general development plans, preliminary major subdivisions and for preliminary major site plans.
[Amended 8-20-2001 by Ord. No. 22-01]
[2] 
Submission format. Circulation impact studies shall consist of two components, a planning report and a traffic impact report.
[a] 
Planning report. The planning report component of the circulation impact study shall include the following:
[i] 
An introduction indicating the applicant, the location of the site in question and a description of the site from a land use and transportation perspective.
[ii] 
The extent to which any proposed street system meets requirements for street hierarchy, right-of-way and cartway width and sidewalks.
[iii] 
The extent to which the proposed circulation system conforms to the Circulation Element of the Master Plan.
[iv] 
The extent to which internal circulation for vehicles, people and the movements of goods is adequate.
[v] 
The extent to which the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and the traveling public is protected.
[vi] 
The provisions made to provide connectivity to the street system, pedestrian generators and the local and regional greenway network.
[b] 
Traffic impact report. The traffic impact report component of the circulation impact study shall include the following:
[i] 
A description of the project phasing, access points and connection to other existing or proposed developments.
[ii] 
An analysis of existing conditions, including:
[A] 
A description of the study area and the rationale behind choosing this area.
[B] 
A description of the study area's roadway facilities, including number of lanes, functional classification, condition, location and type of traffic signals, and location of other traffic signals, and location of other traffic control devices or signs.
[C] 
The location of transit routes and stops and any transit facilities, including on-street, off-street and private facilities, and service frequency.
[D] 
The location of school bus routes and stops.
[E] 
The location of pedestrian crosswalks, sidewalks and bicycle pathways.
[F] 
Traffic volume data, including turning movement counts at key intersections during the peak periods of the day, truck movements, pedestrian counts and transit use.
[G] 
Volume/capacity analysis and an assessment of existing conditions.
[iii] 
Traffic characteristics of the site:
[A] 
Traffic generation of the proposed uses in the development.
[B] 
Traffic distribution.
[iv] 
Future demands on the transportation system:
[A] 
Traffic projection of non-site-related traffic to the build-out year or years of the site (base conditions).
[B] 
Projection of all traffic, including site traffic, to the build-out year or years of the site.
[v] 
Impact analysis and recommendations.
[A] 
Levels of service shall be computed for each analysis year both with or without the inclusion of site traffic.
[B] 
Comparison of levels of services conditions with site traffic, and with site traffic after recommended improvements are constructed.
[C] 
Recommendations for automobile reduction techniques.
[D] 
Schematic plan of any recommended improvements.
[vi] 
Site plan analysis, if applicable:
[A] 
Location of access points.
[B] 
Demand for parking and loading.
[C] 
Sight distance analysis.
R. 
Site grading and drainage plan. Site grading and drainage plan shall be required by the Planning Board, in order to provide more suitable sites for building and other uses, to improve drainage and to control erosion and sedimentation. The following requirements shall be met:
(1) 
All lots, tracts, parcels and all land in major subdivisions shall be graded to provide proper drainage away from the buildings and improvements. No ponding of surface water shall be permitted, except where approved by the Planning Board.
(2) 
The site grading and drainage plan shall include the following note and shall show existing and proposed contours necessary to accomplish the following:
"All lots shall be graded to drain away from the building(s) on said lot. The grading shall have a minimum slope of 2% away from the building and shall extend for the distance as required to provide a minimum drop of one foot in elevation from the ground adjacent to the building.
Where the ground beyond the limits of the above grading rises in elevation, the grading shall include a swale parallel to the building. Said swale shall have a minimum slope of 1%."
(3) 
All drainage provisions shall be of such a design so as to adequately handle the surface runoff and carry it to the nearest suitable outlet such as a curbed street, storm drain or watercourse. Where drainage swales are used to divert surface waters away from buildings, they shall be sodded or planted or otherwise controlled as required. The slope, shape and capacity of such drainage swales shall conform to good engineering practice and principles.
(4) 
Concentration of surface water runoff shall only be permitted in swales, ditches, storm sewers or watercourses, unless otherwise approved by the Planning Board, and only in accordance with § 175-34A.
(5) 
The site grading and drainage plan shall include the following note:
[Amended 11-19-1979 by Ord. No. 72-79]
"For all lots with the basement or lowest floor level above the groundwater table, dry well shall be installed at each roof drain leader. The dry wells shall be of five-foot minimum depth, shall have a volume of at least one cubic foot per 10 square feet of roof surface and shall be constructed in accordance with standard practices. In those instances where a properly installed dry well will have adverse effects, in the judgment of the Township Engineer, he may approve an alternate means of disposing of water from the roof drain leaders.
For all lots with the basement or lowest floor level below the groundwater table, foundation drains shall be constructed in accordance with detailed plans to be submitted to and subject to the approval of the Township. Wherever possible, said drains shall discharge to storm drainage piping or natural watercourses. Where water is observed for more than 24 hours in a foundation excavation or in a building under construction, it shall be understood that foundation drains are required."
S. 
Separate performance guaranties required.
(1) 
Soil erosion and sedimentation control.
(a) 
Prior to the start of any major subdivision construction, including but not limited to clearing or grading, a separate cash performance guaranty for soil erosion and sedimentation control shall be posted. The amount of the guaranty shall be $200 per lot for subdivisions with typical soil erosion and sedimentation control problems. However, the Township may require an increased amount upon receiving written recommendation from the Township Engineer citing critical soil and/or slope conditions. In the event of noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter and/or the approved soil erosion and sedimentation control plan, the Township may issue a written notice to the developer. After 72 hours have lapsed from receipt of said notice, the Township shall have the option to take corrective actions and charge the cost of corrective actions against the cash performance guaranties.
[Amended 12-17-1979 by Ord. No. 74-79; 7-16-1990 by Ord. No. 22-90]
(b) 
In the event that the charges exceed the amount of the cash performance guaranty, the deficit shall be paid by the developer within 60 days. Upon acceptance of the subdivision improvements by the Township, the remaining cash performance guaranty balance shall be returned to the developer.
(2) 
Lot improvements. Whereas the sidewalks, driveway aprons and/or lot grading are normally required to be completed prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, it is recognized that weather conditions could prevent their timely completion. Under said conditions, a separate cash performance guaranty shall be posted prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy in accordance with the following: The cash performance guaranty or the lot grading shall be in an amount approved by the Township. The cash performance guaranty shall be accompanied by a statement by the developer listing the completion date for the lot grading and/or other incomplete improvements. The cash performance guaranty shall be further accompanied by a statement from the prospective purchaser, acknowledging the incomplete improvements and releasing the Township from all responsibility for the incomplete improvements and for the amount of cash performance guaranty.
(3) 
Performance guaranty.
[Added 10-16-1989 by Ord. No. 24-89]
(a) 
Prior to the start of any major subdivision construction, a separate performance guaranty shall be posted where applicable for the value of all proposed drainage, curbing and pavement within existing Township rights-of-way. The purpose of the guaranty is to insure that all work within the right-of-way, when started, shall be continued in a timely manner to maintain safe conditions for the traveling public and adjacent residents.
(b) 
The amount of the guaranty shall be approved by the Township Engineer and shall comply with the requirements of this chapter and the Municipal Land Use Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.
(c) 
This guaranty shall be terminated when an overall guaranty is posted at time of final subdivision approval.
T. 
Surface water management. A stormwater management plan consistent with the standards set forth within § 175-49A, which shall contain:
[Added 5-18-1981 by Ord. No. 14-81]
(1) 
The size of the subwatershed and the location of the site within the subwatershed(s) as shown on the Watersheds Overlay Map No. 9 on the Washington Township Natural Resource Inventory.
(2) 
The location, description and qualification of significant natural and man-made features on and within 200 feet of the site boundaries, including topography, all impervious surfaces and soil and drainage characteristics, with particular attention to the location and description of presently existing surface water runoff control devices, mechanisms or areas, swamps, floodplains, swales, woods and vegetation, steep slopes and other features critical to the purposes of this chapter.
(3) 
The size of the nearest culvert or bridge downstream of the discharge area, profiles and a cross section of the stream channel upstream of that structure, as well as profiles and cross sections of the stream channel at all points from the site, as required by the Township Engineer.
(4) 
The location, description and quantification of proposed changes to the site, whether of a permanent or temporary nature, with particular attention to impervious surfaces and interception of presently dispersed flow which may have an impact upon the capacity of the soil, vegetative cover and drainageways to absorb, retard, contain or control surface water runoff.
(5) 
Designation of critical or other areas to be left undisturbed shall be shown in sufficient detail to be accurately marked on the land.
(6) 
A computation of the total surface water runoff before, during and after the disturbance of land and/or construction of impervious surfaces.
(7) 
Proposed measures for surface water management.
(8) 
A schedule for the sequence of installation of the surface water management plan, related to the starting and completion dates of the project.
(9) 
A proposed maintenance schedule for all surface water management structures stipulating current maintenance, continued maintenance and responsibility for the same.
(10) 
All proposed revisions of required data, as well as such additional data as the Planning Board may require.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 16-6.4u, Recreation Facilities, added 6-17-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 8-21-1995 by Ord. No. 27-95.
U. 
Conservation easements.
[Added 9-16-1996 by Ord. No. 22-96]
(1) 
Where conservation values relating to scenic vistas, open space, historical areas, rural historic roadways, soil types, steep slopes, rock outcroppings, preservation of trees, protection of watercourses, protection of stream corridors and open water buffers, protection of wildlife habitat, protection of wetlands and transition areas, protection of significant horticultural, environmental or natural features and elimination of excessive noise are deemed by the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment to require special protection, said areas shall be located within a conservation easement dedicated to the Township of Washington.
[Amended 7-21-2003 by Ord. No. 23-03; 4-21-2014 by Ord. No. 05-14
(2) 
All such easements shall be in a form satisfactory to the Township Attorney.
(3) 
The conservation easements shall be posted with markers stating "Conservation Easement" in the manner set forth in § 175-27V(5), (6) and (7).
(4) 
Any person violating any provision of this section or any provision of a conservation easement required by this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-3 of the Code of the Township of Washington.
[Added 4-21-2014 by Ord. No. 05-14]
V. 
Wetlands.
[Added 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 26-91]
(1) 
The applicant shall have a wetlands expert perform the delineation of and determine the classification of wetlands as defined in N.J.A.C. 7:7A-2.5 on the tract and within 150 feet of the tract. Said wetlands expert shall submit a written report on the wetlands delineation, classification of wetlands and transition zone widths. The report shall include a copy of a letter from Natural Heritage Program indicating the presence or absence of threatened and/or endangered species on the site. The report shall include a statement of the expert's qualifications. The wetlands delineation, classification and transition zone widths shall be shown on the plat.
(2) 
All wetlands shall be clearly marked in the field. The applicant's wetlands expert shall accompany the Major Subdivision Committee and the Planning Board environmental consultant on the site inspection.
(3) 
The Planning Board environmental consultant shall issue a written report recommending approval/disapproval of the wetlands delineation, classification and transition zone widths.
(4) 
All privately owned wetlands/transition zones shall be located within a conservation easement dedicated to the Township of Washington, in a form satisfactory to the Township Attorney. This requirement shall also apply to any variance application before the Board of Adjustment.
[Amended 9-16-1996 by Ord. No. 22-96; 7-21-2003 by Ord. No. 23-03]
(5) 
The conservation easement shall be posted with three inches by three inches anodized aluminum markers with a protective coating. The markers shall state "Conservation Easement" with a Washington Township logo. The markers may be purchased from the Township or from an approved vendor.
[Amended 9-16-1996 by Ord. No. 22-96; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 22-98]
(6) 
The markers shall be attached to four-inch by four-inch posts made of cedar, redwood or cypress lumber embedded in concrete. The location and height of the markers shall be shown on the plat.
[Amended 9-16-1996 by Ord. No. 22-96; 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 22-98]
(7) 
The Planning Board or Board of Adjustment may waive the markers/posts requirement for agricultural areas or other areas where the markers/posts are determined to be not warranted.
[Amended 9-16-1996 by Ord. No. 22-96; 7-21-2003 by Ord. No. 23-03]
W. 
Geologic investigation. All applicants filing for major subdivision approval, conditional use approval or site plan approval (except minor site plans) in the Carbonate Area District (CAD) shall undertake a geologic investigation program, and shall complete the Phase I Geologic Investigation Checklist provided at the end of Chapter 111, Land Use Procedures. Submission of the Phase II Investigation Plan shall be based on the recommendation of the Township Geotechnical Consultant (TGC), which recommendation shall be based on the analysis set forth in § 175-30.
[Added 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 4-98]
X. 
Geotechnical details.
[Added 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 4-98]
(1) 
The location of all sinkholes, disappearing streams or karst features shown on documents submitted under the Phase I and/or Phase II Geologic Investigations shall be drawn on all preliminary and final plats and site plans. The plats shall also note any site remediation techniques to be utilized to stabilize any solution channels or subsidence karst features. Where applicable, all final subdivision plats shall contain the following wording:
"Block ________ Lot _________ is underlain by limestone formations. Limestone formations are susceptible to surface collapse (or sinkholes) and subsidence caused by the physical erosion and chemical alteration of the soil and bedrock. In limestone areas the alteration and development of land may be hazardous with respect to the foundation safety of structures, the creation of unstable land as a result of changes in drainage and grading and the contamination of ground and surface waters. The exact kinds of sinkholes and/or subsidence is not always predictable. Despite any geologic investigation or geotechnical evaluation which may have been required in connection with the approval of this subdivision, there is no warranty, finding, guarantee or assurance that a sinkhole and/or subsidence will not occur on the property in this subdivision. The municipality, its agents, consultants and employees assume no liability for any damages which may result from sinkhole activity. All persons should always make independent investigations of these matters prior to using this land for construction of a building or structure or any activity which alters the soil and bedrock materials."
(2) 
A declaration of covenants and restrictions in a form satisfactory to the Planning Board Attorney shall be filed in the office of the County Clerk simultaneous with the filing of the final plat specifying which lots are so affected and containing similar language.
Y. 
The applicant shall provide driveway information in accordance with §§ 172-25 and 175-26C for all driveways proposed to connect to existing public streets or road rights-of-way.
[Added 6-21-2004 by Ord. No. 14-04]

§ 175-28 Final plat.

[Amended 6-18-1979 by Ord. No. 54-79]
The final plat and all final construction plans and profiles of improvements and other original exhibits shall be filed with the Planning Board Clerk at least two weeks prior to the regular meeting of the Planning Board when the plat is to be considered. The plat shall be drawn in compliance with the provisions of the State Map Filing Act.[1] The final plat shall show or be accompanied by the following:
A. 
Identification. Date, name and key map of the subdivision, name of owner, scale, graphic scale and reference meridian. The final plat shall be drawn at a scale of not more than one inch equals 100 feet.
B. 
Other contents. Tract boundary lines, right-of-way lines of streets, street names, easements and other rights-of-way, land to be reserved or dedicated to public use, all lot lines with accurate dimensions, bearings, distances, arc lengths, central angles, tangents and radii of all curves and areas of each lot and areas to be dedicated to public use in square feet.
C. 
Public use. The purpose of any easement or land reserved or dedicated for public use shall be indicated and the proposed use of sites other than residential shall be noted.
D. 
Block and lots. All block, lot and house numbers shall be approved by the Township Engineer and the Tax Assessor and shall be related to existing block and lot numbers as shown on the Official Tax Map of the Township.
E. 
Monuments. Location and description of all monuments shall be shown.
F. 
Consent of owner. Certification that the applicant is agent or owner of the land, or that the owner has given consent to file said map.
G. 
Approval. When approval of a plat is required by any officer or body, whether municipal, county or state, approval shall be certified on the plat.
H. 
Certifications. The following certifications shall appear on the final plat:
(1) 
I hereby certify that this map and the survey have been made under my immediate supervision and comply with the provisions of the Map Filing Law. (Include the following, if applicable:)
I do further certify that the monuments as designated and shown hereon have been set.
_____________________________________________________
Licensed Land Survey
(Affix Seal)
____________________
Date
(If monuments are to be set at a later date, the following endorsement shall be shown on the map.)
I certify that a bond has been given to the Township of Washington guaranteeing the future setting of the monuments shown on this map and so designate.
______________________________
Township Clerk
____________________
Date
(2) 
I hereby certify that all of the requirements of the Washington Township Board of Health have been complied with.
______________________________
Health Officer
______________________________
Date
(3) 
I hereby certify that all of the requirements of the Municipal Utilities Authority have been complied with.
______________________________
Chairman
______________________________
Date
(4) 
I have carefully examined this map and find it conforms with the provisions of the Map Filing Law and the municipal ordinances and requirements applicable thereto.
_____________________________________________________
Municipal Engineer                                                  (Affix Seal)
_____________________
Date
(5) 
This application No ........... is approved by the Washington Township Planning Board as a major subdivision.
Chairman
_________________________________
Date
_________________________________
Secretary
_________________________________
Date
_________________________________
I. 
Affidavit. An affidavit signed and sworn to by the applicant that the final plat is drawn and presented exactly the same as the preliminary plat approved by the Planning Board, and if there are any changes, all changes shall be set forth in the affidavit as exceptions to the general statement. Said affidavit shall be submitted in an original and two copies.
J. 
Utilities. A written instrument from each serving utility shall evidence full compliance with the provisions of § 175-47C(1).
[Added 6-15-1981 by Ord. No. 23-81]
K. 
Location of all passing, unsatisfactory and abandoned percolation tests shall be shown on final construction plans.
[Amended 12-21-1981 by Ord. No. 48-81][2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 16-6.5, Paragraph I, regarding updated recreation plans and alternatives, added 6-17-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 8-21-1995 by Ord. No. 27-95.
L. 
Notice of farm use.
[Added 3-19-2001 by Ord. No. 7-01]
M. 
In addition to the above required drawings, a CAD copy of the final plat, certified by a New Jersey licensed surveyor, prepared in accordance with the New Jersey Map Filing Act,[3] shall be submitted. All required information appearing on the digital version of the final plat shall appear on separate layers of the drawing in accordance with the adopted criteria as found in Appendix G, Digital Mapping Submission Standards, of the County of Morris. All work shall be based upon the New Jersey system of plane coordinates as defined in N.J.S.A. 51:3-7. The drawing shall identify a minimum of three corners distributed around the tract and shall indicate the grid coordinate values geo referenced to within 0.3 feet of the National Geodetic Reference Network, as amended and updated. The monumentation shall be in a United States Survey Feet based upon the standard conversions from meters to feet in accordance with adopted standards of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
[Added 9-20-2004 by Ord. No. 22-04]
[3]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.

§ 175-29 Agricultural use overlay plat and submission details.

[Added 7-18-1994 by Ord. No. 15-94]
A. 
The applicant shall submit the data and information required for a preliminary and final plat as identified in §§ 175-25, 175-27 and 175-28, with the exception of the following, which shall be waived:
(1) 
Development impact statement.
(2) 
Road improvements on existing roads.
(3) 
Surface Water Management Ordinance.
(4) 
Recreation Ordinance.
B. 
Conservation easements along streams and wetlands and transition areas shall be required.
C. 
Fire protection facilities shall be provided. (See § 175-50.)
D. 
All utilities shall be placed below ground.
E. 
Preliminary and final approval may be requested and approved simultaneously.
F. 
Private roads shall comply with standards set forth in § 175-51.
G. 
A public hearing and notice are required.

§ 175-30 Geologic investigations.

[Added 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 4-98]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of the investigation is to provide sufficient data to define all existing geologic conditions for which appropriate site design and/or engineering solutions may be necessary to minimize any adverse public health, safety, general welfare or environmental impacts caused by the project.
B. 
Applicability. This chapter shall be applicable to all development in the Carbonate Area District requiring major subdivision, conditional use or site plan approval (except minor site plans) and wastewater disposal systems requiring state permits or treatment works approvals.
C. 
Procedures and submission requirements for the Carbonate Area District.
(1) 
All applicants filing for preliminary major subdivision, conditional use or preliminary site plan approval (except minor site plans) shall complete and file with the approving authority and the Township Geological Consultant (TGC) the Phase I, Geologic Investigation Checklist. In the case of applications for site plans or subdivisions, the Phase I Geologic Investigation Checklist may be completed and filed prior to a formal application for preliminary approval.
(2) 
The geologic investigation checklist shall:
(a) 
Be prepared and conducted by the applicant's geological consultant (AGC) who shall be a geologist or professional engineer with experience in karst terrains.
(b) 
Identify the geologic nature of the materials underlying the site.
(c) 
Be based on an on site/area field investigation and document review and shall include a description of the site geology; groundwater conditions such as depth to/direction of flow and evaluation of the potential impact of the project on groundwater quality; and identification of any karst/solution features observed and the structural control of the same.
(d) 
Note karst/solution features which shall be flagged in the field.
(3) 
Both the TGC and the AGC will review the applicant's findings in the field.
(4) 
The Phase I Geologic Investigation Checklist information shall be reviewed by the TGC, and a review report shall be submitted by the TGC to the approving authority within 30 days of the submission by the applicant of the Phase I Investigation Checklist. The TGC's report shall review the completeness of the Phase I Investigation Checklist and shall recommend either that a Phase II Investigation Plan be prepared and submitted or that portions or all of the requirements of the Phase II Investigation be waived. The recommendation shall be based on the data submitted, the review of the data and other pertinent information by the TGC, the field visit and the purposes of this chapter.
(5) 
The approving authority shall rule on the completeness of the checklist within 35 days of the receipt of the TGC's review report.
(6) 
The approving authority shall determine whether a Phase II Investigation Plan to further investigate karst/solution features and address groundwater protection shall be required, based on the data submitted, the recommendation of the TGC and the purposes of this chapter. The purpose of the Phase II Investigation Plan is to delineate and define karst features noted or suspected in the Phase I Geological Investigation Checklist, to evaluate the effects of the same on the proposed development and to propose methods of remediation if needed. The approving authority may grant a waiver from part or all of the geotechnical evaluation and report requirements under § 175-30C upon recommendation of the TGC.
(7) 
If a Phase II Investigation Plan is required, the same shall be prepared by the AGC and filed with the approving authority and the TGC.
(8) 
The Phase II Investigation Plan shall include a narrative describing the types of features to be investigated, their locations, the types of direct/indirect methods to be used and the reasons for their use. Direct methods shall include site reconnaissance, test pits, test probes, test borings or other appropriate methods. Indirect methods shall include aerial photography and geophysical procedures. A site plan indicating the areas of investigation, proposed locations of testing and types of testing shall accompany the Phase II Investigation Plan.
(9) 
The Phase II Investigation Plan shall be reviewed by the TGC, and a review report shall be submitted by the TGC to the approving authority within 30 days of the submission by the applicant of the Phase II Investigation Plan. The TGC's report shall review the completeness of the Phase II Investigation Plan and shall also indicate whether any proposed testing methodology is appropriate and reasonable or is prohibited because of the potential danger the methodology may pose to the integrity of the site or the health, safety and welfare of the community. If the TGC recommends the disapproval of the testing program, the recommendation shall include suggestions on alternate methodology which would provide the requisite data. The recommendation shall be based on the data submitted, the review of the data and other pertinent information by the TGC, and the purposes of this chapter.
(10) 
The approving authority shall approve or disapprove the Phase II Investigation Plan within 35 days of the receipt of the TGC's report. Approval of the plan shall include a specification of the nature and extent of the Phase II Investigation, the results of which shall be in the Geotechnical Evaluation Report.
(11) 
After the Phase II Investigation Plan has been approved by the approving authority, a permit shall be issued to the applicant by the Township Engineer authorizing the commencement of the testing procedure.
(12) 
The following protocol and procedures shall be utilized in conducting the approved Phase II Investigation and geotechnical evaluation by the applicant, with observation by the TGC:
(a) 
Any on-site evaluations and tests undertaken pursuant to this chapter shall not begin until the applicant has received a permit pursuant to § 175-30C(11).
(b) 
The applicant shall provide written notice to the Township Clerk, the Township Engineer and the TGC, by certified mail, return receipt requested, at least 15 days prior to the commencement of any testing procedures.
(c) 
The proposed development site shall be subject to inspection by the TGC, the Township Engineer or designated municipal officials at any time.
(d) 
All testing data and results shall be made available to municipal officials and inspectors on demand.
(e) 
All site investigations shall be properly closed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:9-9.1 et seq.
(13) 
At the completion of the Phase II Investigation a formal Geotechnical Evaluation Report shall be submitted which shall include the following information gathered during the testing protocol:
(a) 
Logs of all borings, test pits and probes, including evidence of cavities, loss of drilling fluid circulation during drilling, voids encountered and similar cavities.
(b) 
The type of drilling or excavation technique employed.
(c) 
Drawings of monitoring or observation wells as installed.
(d) 
The time and dates of exploration tests.
(e) 
Reports of chemical analyses of on-site surface and ground water in cases of potential impact as determined by the TGC.
(f) 
The names and qualifications of individuals conducting the tests.
(g) 
The analytical methods used on soils, water samples and rock samples.
(h) 
A one-inch-equals-one-hundred-feet-scale topographic map of the site (at a contour interval of two feet) locating all test pits, borings, wells, seismic or electromagnetic conductivity or other geophysical surveys and analysis of the groundwater, including any potentiometric maps constructed from site data or aquifer tests with rate and direction of flow, if required by the approved Phase II Investigation Plan.
(i) 
A geologic interpretation of the observed subsurface conditions, including soil and rock type, geologic unit, jointing (size and spacing), faulting, voids, fracturing, grain size and sinkhole formation.
(j) 
An evaluation of the geotechnical findings at the site gathered during the Phase II Investigation, in relation to the proposed development, and recommendations for the planning, engineering design and construction techniques to be utilized in accomplishing the project. All design recommendations shall minimize, to the greatest extent practical, impacts upon water quality and structural hazards associated with limestone formations. The engineering solutions proposed to minimize environmental and structural impacts for the useful life of the project, as well as during construction, must be clearly detailed.
(k) 
Any other information required by the approved Phase II Investigation Plan.
(14) 
Review report.
(a) 
The Geotechnical Evaluation Report shall be reviewed by the TGC, and a review report shall be submitted by the TGC to the approving authority within 30 days of the submission by the applicant of the Geotechnical Evaluation Report. The TGC's report shall review the completeness of the Geotechnical Evaluation Report and shall advise the approving authority whether or not the applicant has provided the municipality with:
[1] 
Site specific design and construction details and specifications to ensure that the proposed development of the tract will be properly implemented and will not adversely impact on the health, safety and welfare of the community.
[2] 
Verification that the proposed method of development of the tract will minimize any adverse effects on the quality of surface or subsurface water and will not alter the character of surface and/or subsurface water flow in a manner detrimental to known on-site or off-site conditions.
[3] 
Testing and design performance standards which comply with the standards set forth in § 175-52 and good engineering practices.
[4] 
Specific details on inspection procedures to be followed during the construction and after project completion.
(b) 
The recommendation shall be based on the data submitted, the review of the data and other pertinent information by the TGC and the purposes of this chapter.
(15) 
The approving authority shall, within 45 days of the receipt of the report from the TGC, approve or disapprove the proposed geotechnical aspects of the development plan and associated construction techniques. In the event that the approving authority denies the proposed development plan and associated construction procedures, the approving authority shall state in the resolution its reasons for disapproval.
D. 
Geologic hazards discovered during construction in the CAD. A specific geologic hazard may not be identified and remediated while the geologic investigation program is underway and may be discovered during or after construction. In such cases the developer and/or the owner shall:
(1) 
Report the occurrence of the hazard to the Township Clerk and Engineer within 24 hours of discovery.
(2) 
Halt construction activities which would impact the geologic hazard.
(3) 
Prepare a report on the geologic hazard which analyzes the impact of the hazard and details a remediation plan for review and approval by the TGC.
(4) 
After obtaining approval from the municipality, perform necessary remediation of the hazard to prevent or minimize damage to buildings, structures, utilities, driveways, parking areas, roadways and other site improvements and to minimize pollution of the groundwater.
(5) 
Repair any damage to improvements and restore ground cover and landscaping.
(6) 
Reimburse the Township for the cost of inspection or other costs incurred in connection with the geologic hazard.
E. 
Compliance and enforcement.
(1) 
Compliance with this chapter in the CAD is required prior to the granting of preliminary major subdivision, conditional use or preliminary site plan approval (except minor site plans). The completion of geotechnical improvements is required before the commencement of construction where appropriate, or concurrently with construction when necessary, but in any event prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy for the project. The enforcement officials for any application requiring the approval of the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment subject to this chapter shall be the Township Engineer and the TGC. The Township Engineer shall serve as the enforcement official for wastewater systems requiring New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permits or treatment works approvals.
(2) 
Failure to comply with any of the conditions in this chapter may result in the issuance of a stop-work order, revocation of building permits or denial of certificates of occupancy. Remedial and corrective measures may be mandated if the appropriate construction and site planning techniques, as outlined in the applicant's approved Geotechnical Evaluation Report, are not followed and result in actions which adversely impact karst features.
F. 
Carbonate Area District data distribution. On-site geologic information collected through the provisions of this chapter represents important resource data. Copies of the final Geotechnical Evaluation Report and all maps and accompanying data shall be filed with the Township Board of Health, the Township Clerk, and the Planning Board Secretary. The municipality shall develop a catalog system of all available municipally-generated geologic reports. This file shall be accessible to the public during normal working hours.
G. 
In limestone areas the alteration and development of land may be hazardous with respect to the foundation safety of structures, the creation of unstable land as a result of changes in drainage and grading and the contamination of ground and surface waters. The exact kinds of sinkholes and/or subsidence is not always predictable; therefore, the administration of these regulations shall create no liability on behalf of the municipality, the Township Engineer, the Township Geotechnical Consultant, municipal employees or municipal agencies as to damages which may be associated with the formation of sinkholes or subsidence. Compliance with these regulations represents no warranty, finding, guarantee or assurance that a sinkhole and/or subsidence will not occur on an approved property. The municipality, its agents, consultants and employees assume no liability for any financial or other damages which may result form sinkhole activity. It is also noted that sinkholes and ground subsidence may occur in areas outside the CAD and/or in areas of carbonate geology presently not identified as such. The applicant and/or property owner should always make independent investigations of these matters prior to using the land for construction of a building or structure or any activity which alters the soil and bedrock materials.