Township of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 4-6-1999.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking and storage of vehicles — See Ch. 113, §§ 113-241 and 242.
Parking design standards — See Ch. 113, § 113-325.
Speed limits and parking in parks — See Ch. 130, Art. I.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 16, Vehicles and Traffic, Parts 1 and 2, adopted 10-17-1995 by Ord. Nos. 7:53-95 and 7:54-95, respectively, as amended.

§ 161-1 Definitions.

A. 
Words and phrases. Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein.
B. 
Official standard time. Whenever certain hours are named in this chapter, they shall mean either Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight savings time as may be in current use.

§ 161-2 Authorization for the closing of any street.

A. 
The Mayor or, in his absence, disability or inability to act, the Chief of Police of this municipality is hereby authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street or portion thereof to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days during specified hours on any day or days whenever he finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health or welfare.
B. 
Any regulations promulgated by the Chief of Police and in accordance with Subsection A above shall provide for the posting of proper warning signs of such closing on any street or portion thereof during the time the same is closed in pursuance thereof.
C. 
Any violation of this regulation promulgated thereunder shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $50.
D. 
Any regulation adopted that mandates the closing of any street for a period greater than 48 consecutive hours shall not become effective unless it has been submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

§ 161-3 Tow-away.

Any vehicle parked in violation of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any peace officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall bear the reasonable costs of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.

§ 161-4 Violations and penalties.

Unless another penalty is expressly provided for by New Jersey Statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $50 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.

§ 161-5 Effect of chapter.

If any part or parts of this chapter are, for any reason, held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.

§ 161-6 Repealer.

All former traffic ordinances of the Township of Chester are hereby repealed, and all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed, except that this repeal shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed prior to the taking effect of this chapter.

§ 161-7 Parking.

A. 
Regulations not exclusive. The provisions of this chapter imposing time limit on parking shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping or standing or parking of vehicles as set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-138, any other New Jersey Statute or as herein provided.

§ 161-8 Parking prohibited during state of emergency.

A. 
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or sections of streets where temporary EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are displayed. The Chief of Police or, in his absence, the ranking police officer is authorized to declare an emergency and direct the posting of EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs when weather conditions, accidents, road construction, fire or public celebrations dictate or require avoidance of hazards or other conditions which interfere with the free flow of traffic. Notification that EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are being or will be posted shall be given to the operator or owner of any vehicle which has been parked prior to the posting of the signs.
B. 
The effectiveness of this section is contingent upon the signs being erected as required by law.

§ 161-9 Temporary parking prohibition for snow plowing and removal.

A. 
Removal.
(1) 
Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the streets or highways, an emergency shall exist, and no vehicle shall be parked on the streets or highways or portions thereof indicated. The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
(2) 
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal before regaining possession of the vehicle, as well as a penalty of not more than $100.
[Amended 1-20-2004]
Name of Street
Sides
Location
All municipal and county roads
Both
Entire length

§ 161-10 Stopping or standing prohibited on certain streets.

[Amended 12-2-2003; 3-17-2015 by Ord. No. 2014-15]
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle at any time upon any streets or parts thereof described.
Name of Street
Sides
Location
Black River Field Road
Both
Cul-de-sac at end of road
Chesterfield Drive
Both
For a distance of 600 feet from Route 24 North
Chubb Park Road
Both
Except in designated parking areas
County Route 510 (Route 24)
North
From Benjamin Road east for a distance of 520 feet
County Route 510 (Route 24)
North
From Twinbrooks Trail to Chester Borough line
County Route 510 (Route 24)
South
For a distance of 510 feet from Old Mill Road
County Route 510/513 (Route 24)
Both
For a distance 2,200 feet west from the Chester Borough line
County Route 510/513 (Route 24)
Both
For a distance of 250 feet in both directions from Chesterbrook Road
County Route 513 (North Road)
Both
From Chester Borough line to Randolph Township line
Daly Road
Both
From Route 206 to Bedminster Township line
Four Bridges Road
Both
From Tannersbrook Road to Washington Township Line
Furnace Road
North
From Route 206 to Tannersbrook Road
Hacklebarney Road
Both
From State Park Road to intersection with Pottersville Road
Ironia Road
Both
From Randolph Township Line to Pleasant Hill Road
Lamerson Road
Both
From a distance of 1,000 feet east of Pottersville Road
Longview Road
Both
From Pottersville Road to the Bedminster Township line
Oakdale Road
Both
From the Chester Borough line to Hillside Road
Old Chester Road
Both
From St. Bernards Road to Peapack-Gladstone line
Pleasant Hill Road
Both
From the Chester Borough line to the Roxbury Township line
Pottersville Road
Both
From Hacklebarney Road to Longview Road
Reger Road
Both
From Pleasant Hill Road to the Roxbury Township line
Selma Boulevard
North
From Ironia Road to Randolph Township line
State Park Road
Both
From Route 24 to the Washington Township line
Tannersbrook Road
East
For a distance 1,390 feet north of Furnace Road

§ 161-11 Parking time limited on certain streets.

No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit between the hours listed on any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Time Limit
Hours
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-12 Handicapped parking in municipal parking lots and Board of Education property.

In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197, the following off-street parking yards and Board of Education property are designated as handicapped parking areas. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards, plates or placards issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
Property
Number of Spaces
Location
Black River Fields
139 North Road
Chester, NJ
2
As per sketch on file in Township Clerk's office and NJDOT
Black River Middle School
133 North Road
Chester, NJ
1
As per sketch on file in Township Clerk's office and NJDOT
Bragg/Dickerson School
250 Route 24
Chester, NJ
3
As per sketch on file in Township Clerk's office and NJDOT
Chester Township Municipal Complex
1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ
3
As per sketch on file in Township Clerk's office and NJDOT
Chubb Park
71 Route 24
Chester, NJ
3
As per sketch on file in Township Clerk's office and NJDOT

§ 161-13 Parking prohibited for street cleaning.

No person shall cause or permit to be parked any motor vehicle upon any street between the specified hours and days described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours and Days
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-14 Parking prohibited at all times on certain streets.

No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-15 Parking of trucks weighing in excess of four tons prohibited.

No person shall park a truck, tractor, trailer, semitrailer or omnibus having registered gross weights in excess of four tons upon any street between the hours specified.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-16 Routes for trucks over four tons.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-16.1, the streets or parts of streets as described are hereby designated as routes for vehicles over four tons. All trucks having a total combined registered gross weight of vehicle plus load in excess of four tons shall be excluded from all streets, except from those streets listed which form a part of the system of truck routes. Vehicles will be permitted on all streets for the purpose of the pickup and delivery of materials.
Name of Street
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-17 Vehicles over designated weight excluded from certain streets.

Name of Street
Weight
(tons)
Limits
Cooper Lane
4
Entire length
Cramer Drive
4
Entire length
Daly Road
[Added 9-5-2000]
4
Entire length
Dogwood Drive
4
Entire length
Furnace Road
4
Entire length
Hacklebarney Road
4
Pottersville Road to State Park Road
Lamerson Road
4
Entire length
Locust Drive
4
Entire length
Long View Road
[Added 9-5-2000]
4
Entire length
Pottersville Road
[Added 9-5-2000]
4
Entire length
Rogers Road
4
Entire length
Tannersbrook Road
4
Entire length

§ 161-18 One-way streets.

The following described streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as one-way streets in the direction indicated. Parking on these streets will be permitted on the sides indicated below.
Name of Street
Direction
Limits
Parking Permitted
(Reserved)

§ 161-19 Through streets.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street except where yield signs are provided for in the designation.
Name of Street
Limits
East Fox Chase Road
From Fox Chase Road to the Chester Township-Mendham Township corporate line
Four Bridges Road
From Route 206 to the Chester Township Washington Township corporate line
Fox Chase Road
From County Route 510 to Old Chester-Gladstone Road
Furnace Road
From County Route 513 to Route 206
Furnace Road
From Route 206 to Pleasant Hill Road
Hillside Road
From Route 206 to Furnace Road
Ironia Road
From Pleasant Hill Road to the Chester Township-Randolph Township corporate line
Longview Road
From Pottersville Road to the Chester Township-Bedminster Township corporate line
Melrose Drive
Entire length
Mile Drive
Entire length
Old Chester/Gladstone Road
From Route 206 to the Chester Township-Peapack Gladstone Borough corporate line
Old Chester/Gladstone Road
From Pottersville Road to the Chester Township-Chester Borough corporate line
Old Mill Road
From County Route 510 to the Chester Township-Mendham Township corporate line
Pleasant Hill Road
From the Chester Township-Chester Borough corporate line to the Chester Township-Roxbury Township corporate line
Pottersville Road
From Route 206 to Pottersville Road- Hacklebarney Road
South Road
From County Route 513 to the Chester Township-Randolph Township corporate line
State Park Road/ Hacklebarney Road Pottersville Road
From County Route 513 to the Chester Township-Bedminster Township line

§ 161-20 Stop intersections.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Stop Sign On
Brook Drive-Dogwood Drive and Dogwood Drive
South approach of Dogwood Drive facing northbound traffic
Burnett Drive and Cora Lane
Cora Lane
Burnett Drive and Huemer Lane
Huemer Lane
Burnett Drive and Rock Spring Road
Rock Spring Road
Chesterwoods Drive and Erick Court
Erick Court
Chesterwoods Drive and Esther Court
Esther Court
Chestnut Drive and Robin Court
Robin Court
Chestnut Drive and Willow Drive (southerly intersection)
Willow Drive
Cora Lane (northern intersection) and Dogwood Drive
Dogwood Drive
Cora Lane and Locust Drive
Locust Drive
Cramer Drive and Lewis Lane
Lewis Lane
Dogwood Drive (southerly) and Cora Lane
Cora Lane
Oakdale Road and Furnace Road
Furnace Road
Parker Road and Schoolhouse Lane
Schoolhouse Lane
South Gables Drive and Birdsong Court
Birdsong Court
Twinbrooks Trail and Farm Road
Farm Road
Walnut Hill Drive and Hickory Drive
Hickory Drive
Willow Drive (northerly intersection) and Chestnut Drive
Chestnut Drive

§ 161-21 Yield intersections.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described are hereby designated as yield intersections. Yield signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Yield Sign On
Chesterfield Drive and Chesterfield Drive
Chesterfield Drive, westerly approach facing eastbound traffic
Chesterfield Drive and Cricket Lane
Cricket Lane

§ 161-22 Turn prohibitions.

No person shall make a turn at any location listed and only in the manner described.
Intersection
Turn Prohibited
Movement Prohibited
(Reserved)

§ 161-23 No turn on red.

No person shall make a right turn on the red signal at any location listed.
(Reserved)

§ 161-24 Loading zone.

The locations described are hereby designated as loading zones. No person shall park a vehicle in said location during the times indicated other than for the loading and unloading of goods and materials.
Name of Street
Times
Sides
Location
(Reserved)

§ 161-25 Bus stop.

The locations described are hereby designated as bus stops. No vehicle other than an omnibus, picking up or discharging passengers, shall be permitted to occupy said location between the hours indicated.
Street
Hours
(Reserved)

§ 161-26 Taxi stands.

The locations described are hereby designated as taxi stands. No vehicle other than a taxi shall be permitted to occupy said locations during the times indicated.
Street
Location
Hours
(Reserved)

§ 161-27 Lane use reservations.

The lane locations described are designated as lane use reservations, and traffic shall move as indicated.
Intersection
Movement
(Reserved)

§ 161-28 Speed limits.

Speed limits for certain streets and parts of streets are designated as follows. Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the designated speed limits.
Name of Street
Location
Speed Limit
(mph)
Access Road (Chubb Park)
Entire length
15
Beacon Hill Drive
[Added 6-8-2005]
Entire length
30
Benjamin Road
Entire length
35
Catan Drive
Entire length
25
Chesterwoods Drive
Entire length
25
Cliffwood Road
Entire length
35
Cooper Lane
Zone 1
Route 206 to 3,400 feet west of Route 24
15
Zone 2
3,400 feet west of Route 24 to Route 24
30
Cora Lane
Entire length
25
East Fox Chase Road
Entire length
35
Erick Court
Entire length
25
Esther Court
Entire length
25
Flanders Road
[Added 11-5-2003]
Entire length
40
Four Bridges Road
Entire length
40
Fox Chase Road
[Amended 6-8-2005]
Zone 1
From Route 206 to Beacon Hill Drive
30
Zone 2
From Beacon Hill Drive to Route 24 (CR 510)
35
Furnace Road
Zone 1
Route 24 to Route 206
35
Zone 2
Route 206 to Oakdale Road
25
Golf Course Road
[Added 6-8-2005]
Entire length
25
Hillside Road
Zone 1
Chester Borough line to Larison Road
40
Zone 2
Larison Road to Route 206
35
Ironia Road
Entire length
35
Ironia/Mendham Road
Entire length
35
Lamerson Road
[Added 3-20-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-4
Zone 1
Between US Highway 206 and Pottersville Road
35
Larison Road
[Added 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-23]
Entire length
40
Longview Road
[Added 10-4-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-9]
Zone 1
Pottersville Road to Bamboo Lane
35
Zone 2
Bamboo Lane to Chester Township-Bedminster Township boundary line
25
Melrose Drive
Entire length
25
Mendham Road
Entire length
40
Mile Drive
Zone 1
Northern terminus to Parks Lane
30
Zone 2
Parks Lane to southern terminus
35
North Road
Entire length
45
Oakdale Road
Entire length
30
Old Chester/Gladstone Road
Zone 1
Somerset County line to 150 feet south of Stanley Place
40
Zone 2
150 feet south of Stanley Place to 500 feet south of Fox Chase Road
35
Zone 3
500 feet south of Fox Chase Road to Chester Borough line
40
Old Forge Road
Entire length
25
Old Mill Road
Entire length
35
Parker Road
Entire length
35
Pleasant Hill Road
Zone 1
Chester Borough line to Oakdale Road
35
Zone 2
Oakdale Road to Flanders Road
40
Zone 3
Flanders Road to Roxbury Township line
35
Pottersville Road
[Amended 10-4-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-10]
Zone 1
Chester Township-Bedminster Township boundary line to a point 4,750 feet southwest of Old Chester Road
25
Zone 2
4,750 feet southwest of Old Chester Road to Old Chester Road
35
Reger Road
Entire length
25
Robinson Lane
Entire length
25
Rogers Road
[Added 11-5-2003]
Entire length
35
Route 24 (C.R. 510/513)
Entire length
45
St. Bernard's Road
[Added 3-20-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-3]
Zone 1
Between Old Chester Road and the Township of Chester's boundary line with the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone
25
South Road
Entire length
40
State Park Road
Zone 1
Washington Township line to Hacklebarney Road
40
Zone 2
Hacklebarney Road to 3,400 feet south of Route 24
45
Zone 3
3,400 feet south of Route 24 to Route 24
40
Tannersbrook Road
Entire length
25
Twinbrooks Trail
Entire length
30

§ 161-29 Regulation for the movement and parking of traffic on all other private property.

In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-1, the regulations of Subtitle 1 of Title 39 are hereby made applicable to the properties listed below.
A. 
Property: Colby Farms/Summit at Chester.
(1) 
General parking. No person shall stop or stand a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets described below.
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
(2) 
Through streets, stop and yield intersections.
(a) 
Through streets. The following streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street except where yield signs are provided for in the designation.
Name of Street
Limits
Colby Farm Road
Entire length
(b) 
Stop intersections. The following described intersections are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein:
Intersection
Stop Signs On
Walton Way and Fieldcrest Road
Walton Way
Fieldcrest Road and Old Mine Drift
Fieldcrest Road
(3) 
Speed limits.
(a) 
The speed limits for both directions of travel on the following roadways are:
Name of Street
Miles Per Hour
Limits
Colby Farm Road
35
Entire length
Fieldcrest Drive
25
Entire length
Old Mine Drift
25
Entire length
Walton Way
25
Entire length
(b) 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits authorized by the Department of Transportation.
(4) 
Tow-away. Any vehicle parked or standing as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exitways, loading zones, oil fills, any grassy area, pedestrian walkway or present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner's or operator's expense.
(5) 
Vehicles over designated weight excluded from certain streets. Vehicles over the registered gross weight are hereby excluded from the streets or parts of streets described except for the pickup and delivery of materials on such streets:
Name of Street
Weight
(tons)
Location
Colby Farm Road
4
Entire length
B. 
Property. Forrest Hills at Chester.
(1) 
General parking. No person shall stop or stand a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets described below:
Name of Street
Side
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
(2) 
Through streets. The following streets or parts of streets are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street except where yield signs are provided for in the designation.
Name of Street
Limits
Old Farmstead Road
Entire length
(3) 
Speed limits.
(a) 
The speed limits for both directions of travel on the following roadways are:
Name of Street
Miles Per Hour
Limits
All roads
25
Entire length
(b) 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits authorized by the Department of Transportation.
(4) 
Tow-away. Any vehicle parked or standing as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exitways, loading zones, oil fills, any grassy area, pedestrian walkway or present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner's or operator's expense.
C. 
Property. Lamerson Hunt.
(1) 
General parking. No person shall stop or stand a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of the streets described below:
Name of Street
Sides
Hours
Location
(Reserved)
(2) 
Stop intersections. The following described intersections are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
Intersection
Stop Sign On
Spring Lake Drive and Bamboo Lane
Bamboo Lane
(3) 
Speed limits.
(a) 
The speed limits for both directions of travel on the following roadways are:
Name of Street
Miles Per Hour
Limits
All roads
30
Entire length
(b) 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits authorized by the Department of Transportation.
(4) 
Tow-away. Any vehicle parked or standing as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exitways, loading zones, oil fills, any grassy area, pedestrian walkway or present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner's or operator's expense.

§ 161-30 Regulation for movement and parking of traffic on Chester Board of Education properties: Dickerson Elementary School, Bragg Intermediate School, and Black River Middle School.

[Added 1-19-2010 by Ord. No. 2009-14]
A. 
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-1, the regulations of Subtitle 1 of Title 39 are hereby applicable to the above-referenced Chester Board of Education properties.
B. 
Parking prohibited; handicapped parking; speed limits.
(1) 
General parking. No person shall stop or stand a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets where prohibitive signs are erected.
(2) 
Handicapped parking: parking pursuant to § 161-12.
(3) 
Speed limits.
(a) 
The speed limit for both directions of travel on all Chester Board of Education roadways is:
Name of Street
Miles per Hour
Limits
All roadways and parking lots
15
Entire length
(b) 
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above-designated speed limits in accordance to standards as authorized by the Department of Transportation.
(4) 
Fire zones/bus/loading unloading zones. No person shall stop or stand a vehicle in any area designated as a fire zone and/or bus loading/unloading zone.
(5) 
Tow-away. Any vehicle parked or standing as to obstruct or impede a normal flow of traffic, block entrances or exitways, loading zones, oil fills, any grassy area, pedestrian walkway or to present in any way a safety or traffic hazard may be removed by towing the vehicle at the owner's expense.

§ 161-31 Crosswalks.

[Added 10-19-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-15]
A. 
The following locations are hereby established as mid-block crosswalks.
Name of Street
Location
Larison Road
From a point 10 feet east of the easterly curb of Hillside Road to a point 6 feet east thereof
Old Chester-Gladstone Road
[Added 10-1-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-8]
Approximately 178 feet northwest of the northerly edge of pavement of Pottersville Road (also approximately 14 feet northwest of the edge of pavement of the access road to Route 206)
B. 
The following locations are hereby established as crosswalks.
[Added 10-1-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-7]
Name of Street
Location
Pottersville Road
Approximately 3 feet southwest of the westerly edge of pavement of Old Chester-Gladstone Road