[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill 9-6-2012 by Ord. No. 25-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply, unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
- SITE or PROPERTY
- A piece, parcel, tract, or plot of land occupied or that may be occupied by one or more buildings or uses and their accessory buildings and accessory uses which is generally considered to be one unified parcel.
- TEMPORARY STORAGE UNIT
- Any temporary structure or container unit designed for the temporary outdoor storage of personal property, including any temporary garage or other structure used for storage that does not require a certificate of occupancy under the construction codes or a portable on-demand storage structure ("PODS®") or similar storage container, which is typically rented to owners or occupants of property for their temporary use and which is delivered and removed by vehicle.
- TYPE I PERMIT
- Any temporary storage unit used for the purposes of storing the personal property of people who are moving in or out of the property.
- TYPE II PERMIT
- Any temporary storage unit used for the storage of personal property during renovations or rehabilitation of the structure.
- The owner or occupant of property using a temporary storage unit or entering into an agreement with a temporary storage unit company or other person or entity for the placement of a temporary storage unit on a site located in the Township of Mine Hill.
No temporary storage unit shall be placed or maintained by any private person or entity in or on any Township property, street or right-of-way without a valid permit issued by the Zoning Officer.
No temporary storage unit shall be placed or maintained on any private property located within a residential zone and all residential uses located in any zone within the Township unless it complies with one or more of the following provisions:
Storage units under a Type I permit must be placed or maintained on a suitably paved area at the furthest accessible point from the street for purposes of packing or unpacking goods and materials of the owner or occupant of the property in preparation for or subsequent to moving into or out of the property for a period of not more than 60 consecutive days. So long as the user complies with all other provisions of this chapter, no Type I permit shall be required in connection with the placement of a temporary storage unit for the storage of personal property of people who are moving in or out of property for the first seven days following its placement on the property. If said temporary storage unit remains on the property for more than seven days, the user shall be required to obtain a Type I permit.
Storage units under a Type II permit shall be placed or maintained on a suitably paved area at the furthest accessible point from the street for purposes of storing the personal property of the owner or occupant of the property when necessary during renovation or rehabilitation of the structure located on the property in which the personal property would otherwise be located during the period of renovation or rehabilitation, but in no event more than a total of 60 consecutive days. No Type II permit shall be issued for the placement of a temporary storage unit unless the user provides written proof that all other permits necessary for the proposed renovation or rehabilitation of the primary dwelling structure on the property have been issued and remain valid. Should any of these permits expire or be revoked, the Type II permit shall also be deemed revoked.
This provision does not apply to any approved industrial or commercial uses.
Prior to the placement of a temporary storage unit on any private property, a site plan showing the proposed location of the temporary storage unit must be submitted by the owner of the property using the temporary storage unit or the person contracting for the use of such temporary storage unit who shall apply for and receive a permit from the Township in accordance with the requirements and standards set forth herein.
Application for a permit shall be made to the Township Zoning Officer on a form provided by the Township. The application shall require the full name, address and other contact information for the owner of the temporary storage unit, the owner of the property with which the use of the temporary storage unit is associated, and the person contracting for the use of the temporary storage unit (if such person is not the owner of the property for which the temporary storage unit is to be used). Every application for a permit shall be accompanied by a permit fee as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees.
Any temporary storage unit placed on private property shall be placed on a suitable base to assure stability. If, in the opinion of the Police Department or the Township Engineer, the location is sufficiently close to a vehicular intersection or pedestrian path, the permit may require that the unit be equipped with appropriate reflectors or other safety markings so that the unit will not constitute a hazard to traffic or pedestrians. The specific number, location and type of markings shall be determined by the Police Department or the Township Engineer and noted on the permit at the time of its issuance or at any time thereafter.
Any permit issued for placement of a temporary storage unit on private property shall be valid for a period of 60 days, and a sticker or notice shall be prominently displayed on the temporary storage unit or on the property upon which the unit is placed indicating the commencement and expiration dates of the permit.
Upon a showing of continued need for the temporary storage unit (such as during the course of major construction projects), the Construction Official may renew a permit for up to two additional periods, not to exceed 90 days for Type II permits and 30 days for Type I permits, upon the filing of an application for renewal and payment of the additional fee for the type of permit renewal requested. Renewal fees for the first renewal, the second renewal and the third renewal shall be as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees.
No more than one temporary storage unit may be placed on any property at one time and no more than one permit may be issued for any property, including any renewals of said permit, during a twelve-month period.
No hazardous material or organic waste shall be placed in a temporary storage unit.
No temporary storage unit shall be used for the storage of construction debris, business inventory, commercial goods, junk as defined in accordance with the Zoning Ordinances of the Township of Mine Hill, or any personal property which is not owned by the owner or occupant of the property where the unit is located. Upon reasonable notice to the permit holder, the Township may inspect the contents of any temporary storage unit for compliance with this chapter.
The owner of the temporary storage unit and the owner of the site on which the unit is located shall be jointly responsible to ensure that the temporary storage unit is in good condition, free from evidence of deterioration, weathering, discoloration, rust, ripping, tearing or other holes or breaks.
A temporary storage unit shall be no larger than 99 square feet in area and no higher than 10 feet above grade.
The person contracting for the use of a temporary storage unit and the owner of the property associated with its use shall be jointly responsible for compliance with the provisions of this chapter. Copies of the penalty provisions of this chapter shall be appended to the permit and shall be mailed with a copy of the permit to the owner of the temporary storage unit, the property owner, and any other interested party.
It shall be unlawful for a temporary storage unit to remain on any property in excess of the time period set forth in the permit issued by the Township. Each day a temporary storage unit remains on a property in violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be considered a separate violation subject to the penalty provisions set forth below.