Township of Mine Hill, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill by Ord. No. 110-64 (Ch. XIII, Sec. 13-1, of the 1986 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use — See Ch. 310.
Soil erosion and sediment control — See Ch. 444.

§ 448-1 Permit required.

[Amended by Ord. No. 300-82]
No person shall excavate or otherwise remove soil for sale or for use other than on the premises from which the soil shall be taken without first applying for and securing a soil removal permit from the Township Council in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.

§ 448-2 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 300-82]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EXCAVATE
Includes the dredging of soil from the bottom of areas covered by water but shall not be deemed to include the mining, quarrying, crushing or removal of rock or the conducting of underground mining activities for iron ore or other similar minerals by means of tunneling and/or the construction of shafts.
SOIL
All unconsolidated mineral and organic material of whatever origin, including waste material piled or stored on the premises as the result of iron-ore mining activities, which overlies the bedrock and which can readily be excavated, including, but not limited to, earth, dirt, stone, gravel, sand, humus, clay, loam and mixtures of any and all such materials.

§ 448-3 Exception.

[Amended by Ord. No. 300-82; 4-16-2015 by Ord. No. 13-15]
Except in those areas of the Township where the mining, excavation, and removal of soil is allowed as a permitted, conditional, or accessory use under Chapter 310, Land Use, no soil removal permit shall be issued unless such a permit is requested in connection with the construction or alteration of a building on the subject premises and excavation or grading is incidental thereto. Projects which have received site plan approval from the Planning Board, have met the conditions of that site plan, and have had a preconstruction meeting with the Township Engineer are exempt from the requirements of this chapter.

§ 448-4 Application for permit.

[Amended by Ord. No. 139-69; Ord. No. 300-82]
A. 
Before the issuance of a soil removal permit, the applicant shall file written application therefor with the Township Clerk, together with a fee as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, plus payment of the reasonable cost to the Township, as estimated and determined by the Township Council, for the special engineering and legal services required because of the application.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
In addition to the permit fee, additional fees shall be paid to the Township as follows:
(1) 
On any amount of soil removed during each permit year, a fee as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, per cubic yard.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
These additional fees are intended to cover all reasonable and necessary engineering and other fees and expenses which it is anticipated the Township will incur in supervising, policing and regulating soil removal operations to assure any such operation is orderly and in full compliance with the provisions of this chapter and any and all other controlling regulations and requirements of the Township, including legal fees and costs in connection with any administrative or court proceeding for the enforcement of the requirements of this chapter and other Township ordinances regulating soil removal and excavation.
D. 
These additional fees shall be paid to the Township monthly and shall be based upon the actual quantity of soil removed during the previous month as certified to and set forth in the monthly report of such soil removal operation which the holder of the permit shall furnish to the Township, as approved and verified by the Township Engineer. Each such monthly payment shall accompany the monthly report for the month in question, which report and payment shall be delivered to the Township Clerk on or before the 15th day of the month for which payment is being made. Failure to make such monthly reports and monthly payments shall be grounds for immediate revocation of the soil removal permit by the Township Council.
E. 
The application for a soil removal permit or the accompanying documents shall show and include the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner or owners of the tract involved and the name and address of the applicant, if a different person is involved, and the signed consent of the owner shall be required if the applicant is not the owner.
(2) 
A map of the premises for which the permit is sought showing the existing topographical contour lines of the land involved and abutting lands and roads, the proposed topographical contour grades which will result from the intended soil removal, and the location of any streams or other bodies of water near the premises.
(3) 
The tax block and lot number of the property involved.
(4) 
A description of the equipment and motor vehicles to be brought upon the site to carry out the operations.
(5) 
The name and address of the person who will do the work of removing the soil.
(6) 
The number of cubic yards to be removed pursuant to the permit.
(7) 
Routes to and from the proposed site to be used in transporting soil removed.
(8) 
Period for which the permit is sought.
(9) 
A soil erosion and sedimentation control plan in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 444, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, of the Code of the Township of Mine Hill, including effective measures for both on-site and off-site dust control and for restoration of all disturbed areas.
(10) 
An environmental impact statement in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 310, Land Use, as amended. Such statement shall cover the effect of the proposed soil removal operations upon water resources and aquifers, including sufficient data and drawings to determine the location of same.

§ 448-5 Investigation of application by Township Engineer.

A. 
The application and accompanying documents shall promptly be referred to the Township Engineer for investigation, and he shall make his written report and recommendations to the Township Council. Upon written request for a hearing made by the applicant to the Township Council, an opportunity to be heard shall be granted within 30 days thereafter. The Township Council in considering and reviewing the application and in arriving at its decisions shall be guided and take into consideration the public health, safety and general welfare, and particular consideration shall be given to the following factors:
(1) 
Soil erosion by water and wind.
(2) 
Drainage.
(3) 
Soil fertility.
(4) 
Lateral support slopes and grades of abutting streets and lands.
(5) 
Land values and uses.
(6) 
Such other factors as may bear upon or relate to the coordinated, adjusted, and harmonious physical development of the Township.
B. 
If after examining the application and the map provided for in § 448-4 and after the hearing in the event a hearing is requested by the applicant, the Township Council shall be of the opinion that the proposed soil removal will not create conditions inimical to the public health, welfare and safety, and will not result in the creation of any sharp declivities, pits or depressions, soil erosion or fertility problems, depressed land values, nor create any drainage, sewerage problems or other conditions of danger, permission to remove the soil shall be granted.

§ 448-6 Regulations for soil removal operations.

[Amended by Ord. No. 300-82]
If a soil removal permit is issued, the owner or person in charge shall comply with the following in conducting the soil removal operations:
A. 
There shall be no sharp declivities, pits or depressions, and all disturbed areas shall be leveled off (where appropriate), cleared of debris, and graded to conform to the contour lines and grades approved by the Township Council as a part of the soil removal permit.
B. 
Dust shall be controlled in such a manner that adjoining and nearby residential and nonresidential properties are adequately and efficiently protected.
C. 
No blasting, dynamiting or use of any type of explosives or charges shall take place.
D. 
All public streets and rights-of-way used in the trucking of soil from the site shall be periodically cleaned by the holder of the soil removal permit to insure all dust, soil and other materials spilled from or otherwise resulting from such trucking operations are removed.
E. 
In accordance with the soil erosion and sedimentation control plan forming a part of the application for the soil removal permit in question, protective measures shall be taken to adequately protect private wells in the vicinity, as well as sources of public water supply and all streams, brooks, watercourses, ponds and other bodies of water in the immediate area.
F. 
All details of the approved soil erosion and sedimentation control plan shall be complied with throughout each phase and day of the soil removal operations.
G. 
Noise resulting from equipment and trucks used to carry out the soil removal operations shall be kept to a minimum. The noise level resulting from such operations measured along the property lines of the property from which soil is being removed shall not exceed 65 decibels.
H. 
No equipment or facilities for the crushing, mixing, processing or other treatment of soil (materials) shall be permitted. The only equipment permitted on site shall be equipment required for excavation, removal, screening, grading, seeding, restoring and reclaiming the site, and for loading the soil onto and into trucks and vehicles for removal from the site. None of such equipment shall be attached to the site (ground), but shall be movable, and all such equipment shall immediately be removed from the site once soil removal operations are concluded and/or the equipment in question is no longer needed.
I. 
No soil removal operations shall be conducted on Sundays or holidays. All soil removal activities shall be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on those days which such operations are permitted.

§ 448-7 Retention of topsoil.

The owner of the premises or the person in charge of the removal of soil, when permission has been duly granted, shall not take away the top layer of arable soil for a compacted depth of at least six inches, but such top layer of arable soil to a compacted depth of at least six inches shall be set aside for retention on the premises and shall be respread over the premises when the rest of the soil has been removed, pursuant to levels and contour lines approved by the Township Council.

§ 448-8 Surety bond.

Before any permit or permission for soil removal shall be granted or issued, the owner or applicant shall file with the Township Council a bond, in a form and with surety acceptable to the Township, in such amount as in the opinion of the Township Council shall be sufficient to insure the faithful performance of the work to be undertaken pursuant to the Council pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. At such times as the Township Council shall designate, the permittee shall give the Township a certificate of compliance stating that it is faithfully complying with the terms and conditions of any permit granted hereunder.

§ 448-9 Inspection; periodic review; stop-work order.

[Amended by Ord. No. 139-69; Ord. No. 300-82]
A. 
Monitoring and inspections. Throughout the entire period and course of any soil removal operation, there shall be constant and continuous monitoring of such operation by the Township Engineer and/or other officials and representatives designated by the Township to determine whether or not all conditions and requirements governing issuance and use of the soil removal permit are being complied with in full. The Township Engineer shall make on-site inspections not less than once per month during all times where soil removal activities are being conducted and shall file monthly written reports to the Township Council setting forth the results of such inspections. As a required condition of all approvals for soil removal, the Township Engineer and/or other designated Township officials and representatives shall be permitted at all times to enter the soil removal site for the purpose of monitoring and inspecting.
B. 
Periodic review. Where soil removal operations extend for a period of three years or longer, there shall be a comprehensive review of such operations by the Township Council to assure that the owner of the subject property or holder of the soil removal permit continues to be in full compliance with the requirements of this chapter and all the terms and conditions governing the issuance and use of such permit, as well as compliance with any and all other regulations of the Township governing such operations. Such initial comprehensive review shall take place three years following the date on which the soil removal operations were commenced and every three years thereafter on such anniversary date. Each such comprehensive review shall:
(1) 
Verify that all fees required to be paid have been paid by the holder of the soil removal permit.
(2) 
Confirm that all reports, plans, drawings, certifications and documentation required by this chapter and any other applicable ordinances and the terms of the soil removal permit in question have been provided to the Township.
(3) 
Verify that the soil removal operations continue to be conducted in accordance with all the requirements and standards of this chapter and all other applicable ordinances and the terms and conditions forming a part of the soil removal permit, including, but not limited to, soil erosion and sedimentation control measures, restoration and reclamation measures, storage and reservation of topsoil, measures for the control of stormwaters, and measures for the protection of private wells, public sources of water and streams, brooks, watercourses, ponds and other bodies of water.
(4) 
Determine the adequacy and status of all performance guarantees posted in connection with such operations.
C. 
Stop-work order; suspension and revocation. If, as a result of these monthly inspections and reports and/or one of the said three-year comprehensive reviews, the Township determines that, at any particular time, any one or more conditions or requirements of this chapter or any other applicable section or regulation or of the soil removal permit are not being satisfactorily met or complied with, a ten-day written notice of violation(s) shall be served upon the owner and the holder of the soil removal permit, if other than the owner, and upon the failure to correct such violation(s) within this ten-day period, a stop-work order pending the correction of such violation(s) shall be issued. No soil removal operations shall be permitted following the issuance of such a stop-work order until all violations have been corrected and the Township Engineer has inspected the premises and certified in writing that such violations have been corrected. A violation by the owner (or holder) of any such stop-work order shall constitute a violation of this chapter. Upon the request of the owner or holder of the soil removal permit, the Township Council shall afford such owner or holder the opportunity to be heard regarding such violation(s) and the issuance of such a stop-work order. The determination by the Township of the existence of such violations shall also constitute valid grounds for suspension or revocation of the soil removal permit following a hearing in accordance with § 448-10 of this chapter.

§ 448-10 Revocation or suspension of permit.

After reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard before the Township Council, the permit of any permittee may be revoked by the Township Council or suspended for such period as it may determine for any violation of the terms hereof or the terms and conditions of any permit granted hereunder.

§ 448-11 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to the penalty established in § 1-3 of the Code of the Township of Mine Hill.