Township of Franklin, NJ
Somerset County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Franklin 7-12-1984 by Ord. No. 1182; as amended through 4-12-2005 by Ord. No. 3537. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Affordable housing — See Ch. 81.
Business and commercial establishments — See Ch. 125.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 132.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 146.
Junkyards — See Ch. 156.
Housing discrimination — See Ch. 210.
Trees — See Ch. 222.
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapy — See Ch. 230.
Nursing homes and rest homes — See Ch. 248.
Quarrying and blasting — See Ch. 278.
112a Schedule 1 112b Schedule 2 112c Schedule 3 112d Schedule 4 112e Schedule 5 112f Schedule 6 112g Schedule 7 112h Figure 1 Awnings 112i Figure 2 Prim Wall-Mounted 112j Figure 3 Building-Mounted Signs 112k Figure 4 Projecting Sign Dimensions 112l Figure 5 Awning Elevations 112m Figure 6 Storefront Anatomy 112n Figure 7 Security Grilles 112o Exhibit 1 Ren2000 LocMap 112p Exhibit 2 Ren2000 Wetlands Map 112q Exhibit 3 Ren2000 Concept 1 112r Exhibit 4 Ren2000 Circulation Imp Plan 112s Exhibit 5 Ren2000 Lane Use 112t Exhibit 6 Ren2000 Land Use Plan 112u Exhibit 7 Ren2000 Underlying Zone Plan 112v Exhibit 8 Ren2000 Econ Dev Study 112w Exhibit 9 Ren2000 Sign Regs 112x Appendix A Real Estate Transfer 112y Appendix B Irrevoc Letter of Credit 112z Appendix C Worksheet 112aa Retail Overlay Map Zoning Map
Article I General Provisions

§ 112-1 Title.

§ 112-2 Purpose and objectives.

§ 112-3 Interpretation.

§ 112-4 Definitions.

Article II Zoning Districts and Zoning Map

§ 112-5 Districts enumerated.

§ 112-6 Zoning Map.

§ 112-7 Designation and interpretation of district boundaries.

§ 112-8 Purposes of districts.

§ 112-9 Summary of requirements.

Article III General Zoning Regulations

§ 112-10 Schedules of regulations.

§ 112-11 Application of regulations.

§ 112-12 Permitted uses.

§ 112-13 Lot and yard requirements.

§ 112-14 Height and coverage requirements.

§ 112-15 Principal buildings.

§ 112-16 Accessory buildings.

§ 112-17 Lot frontage.

§ 112-18 Reduction of open space prohibited.

§ 112-19 Applicability to government functions.

§ 112-20 Building lots to abut street.

§ 112-21 Yards and courts.

§ 112-22 Removal of soil.

§ 112-23 Parking of vehicles.

§ 112-24 Brush and hedges near roadways and intersections.

Article IV Supplementary Zoning Regulations

§ 112-25 Gas or fuel transmission lines.

§ 112-26 Storage of fuel for motor vehicles.

§ 112-27 Keeping of livestock and bees.

§ 112-28 Height exceptions.

§ 112-29 Roadside stands.

§ 112-30 Equipment storage.

§ 112-31 Laboratories of an experimental, research or testing nature in the ROL District.

§ 112-32 Use of wells restricted.

§ 112-33 Recycling facilities in multifamily housing developments.

§ 112-33.1 Independent Senior Living.

§ 112-33.2 Outdoor lighting.

§ 112-33.3 Renewable Energy Facilities.

§ 112-33.4 Lot shape.

Article V Conditional Uses

§ 112-34 Grounds for authorizing conditional uses.

§ 112-35 Application procedure.

§ 112-36 Automobile service stations.

§ 112-37 Churches and similar places of worship.

§ 112-38 Community residences and community shelters.

§ 112-39 Garden apartment development.

§ 112-40 (Reserved)

§ 112-41 Small wind energy systems.

§ 112-42 Hospitals, philanthropic or eleemosynary uses.

§ 112-43 Kennels.

§ 112-44 Membership swimming pools.

§ 112-45 Nursing homes.

§ 112-46 Professional office uses in the R-20-H District.

§ 112-47 Schools in residential districts.

§ 112-48 Public utility installations.

§ 112-49 Townhouse development.

§ 112-50 (Reserved)

§ 112-51 Warehouses.

§ 112-52 R-10A Zone Single-Family Development.

§ 112-53 Principal uses in Neighborhood Business (NB) Zone.

§ 112-53.1 Billboards.

Article VI Wireless Communications Antennas

§ 112-54 Purposes.

§ 112-55 Overall objective.

§ 112-56 Specific goals.

§ 112-57 Exemptions of applicability.

§ 112-58 Review procedures.

§ 112-59 Submission requirements.

Article VII Planned Residential Community (PRC)

§ 112-60 Purpose.

§ 112-61 Permitted uses.

§ 112-62 Accessory uses.

§ 112-63 Definitions.

§ 112-64 Development requirements.

Article VIII Nonconforming Uses

§ 112-65 Continuance.

§ 112-66 Abandonment.

§ 112-67 Restoration.

Article IX Flag Lots

§ 112-68 Purpose.

§ 112-69 Intent.

§ 112-70 Regulations.

§ 112-71 Definitions.

§ 112-72 Standards.

§ 112-73 Prohibitions.

Article X Low- and Moderate-Income Housing

§ 112-74 Mandatory set-aside requirements.

§ 112-75 Phased development requirements.

§ 112-76 Affordability controls.

§ 112-77 Density bonus.

§ 112-78 Number of bedrooms.

§ 112-79 Compliance with state regulations required.

§ 112-80 Administration of affordability controls.

Article XI Off-Street Parking and Loading

§ 112-81 Issuance of building and occupancy permits contingent upon compliance.

§ 112-82 Off-street parking and loading required.

§ 112-83 Design standards.

§ 112-84 Provision for proper drainage, maintenance and construction.

§ 112-85 Separation from walkways and streets.

§ 112-86 Private walks adjacent to business buildings.

§ 112-87 Screen required when adjoining property is residential.

§ 112-88 Interior driveways.

§ 112-89 Connection to public right-of-way.

§ 112-90 Size and grading of driveways.

§ 112-91 Location of driveways.

§ 112-92 Off-street parking space within buildings.

§ 112-93 Pavement markings and signs.

§ 112-94 Lighting or night use.

§ 112-95 Reduction in size prohibited.

§ 112-96 Joint parking facilities.

§ 112-97 Location of parking spaces in relation to main building.

§ 112-98 Sharing of parking facilities.

§ 112-99 Requirements for combined uses.

§ 112-100 Computing number of employees.

§ 112-101 Fractional spaces required.

§ 112-102 Off-street parking and loading space within required setback.

§ 112-103 Other uses of off-street parking spaces prohibited.

§ 112-104 Size of loading berth.

§ 112-105 Parking in HBD District.

Article XII Sign Regulations

§ 112-106 Statement of purpose and intent.

§ 112-107 Permit procedure; fee; administration.

§ 112-108 Substandard signs.

§ 112-109 Prohibited signs.

§ 112-110 Exempt signs.

§ 112-111 General requirements.

§ 112-112 Real estate signs larger than four square feet in area.

§ 112-113 Performance standards.

§ 112-114 Signs in HBD District.

§ 112-114.1 Billboards in the M-2 District.

Article XIII Performance Standards

§ 112-115 Evidence of full compliance required.

§ 112-116 Smoke.

§ 112-117 Dust and dirt; fly ash and fumes; vapors and gases.

§ 112-118 Noise.

§ 112-119 Offensive odors.

§ 112-120 Glare and heat.

§ 112-121 Vibration.

§ 112-122 Radioactivity or electrical disturbances.

§ 112-123 Outdoor storage and waste disposal.

§ 112-124 Industrial waste or sewage.

§ 112-125 Provision and use of water.

§ 112-126 Temporary construction trailers at construction sites.

Article XIV Landscaping Requirements

§ 112-127 Purpose.

§ 112-128 Minimum and additional requirements.

Article XV Quarrying Requirements

§ 112-129 Policy.

§ 112-130 Site plan required.

§ 112-131 General requirements for site plans.

§ 112-132 Site plan and supporting documentation.

§ 112-133 Site rehabilitation plan.

§ 112-134 Hours of operation.

§ 112-135 Road dust control.

§ 112-136 Waste disposal.

§ 112-137 Fences.

§ 112-138 Handling of explosives.

§ 112-139 Material stockpiles.

§ 112-140 Safety procedures.

§ 112-141 Air pollution control.

§ 112-141.1 Quarry-related uses permitted in the RR5 Zone.

Article XVI Canal Preservation District

§ 112-142 Area and yard requirements.

§ 112-143 Lot size averaging.

§ 112-144 General requirements.

Article XVII Lot Size Averaging

§ 112-145 RR-3 District.

§ 112-146 RR-5 District.

Article XVIII Preservation Area Markers

§ 112-147 Requirements.

Article XIX Senior Citizen Village District

§ 112-148 Establishment of districts.

§ 112-149 Applicability.

§ 112-150 Definitions.

§ 112-151 Purpose.

§ 112-152 Required tract size.

§ 112-153 Permitted uses.

§ 112-154 Gross density.

§ 112-155 Height, area and bulk requirements for independent living residential dwellings.

§ 112-156 Height, area and bulk requirements for commercial and senior citizen support uses.

§ 112-157 Commercial and senior citizen support facilities and uses.

§ 112-158 Housing type mix.

§ 112-159 Other requirements.

Article XX Planned Adult Community (PAC) District

§ 112-160 Applicability.

§ 112-161 Definitions.

§ 112-162 Purpose.

§ 112-163 Required tract size.

§ 112-164 Permitted uses.

§ 112-165 Gross density.

§ 112-166 Height area and bulk requirements for independent living residential dwellings.

§ 112-167 Commercial height, area and bulk requirements.

§ 112-168 Requirements and restrictions for commercial and senior citizen support facilities and uses.

§ 112-169 Housing type mix.

§ 112-170 Other requirements.

Article XXI Right to Farm

§ 112-171 Definitions.

§ 112-172 Farming declared a permitted use in all zones.

§ 112-173 Adherence to accepted practices.

§ 112-174 Conformance with federal and state law.

§ 112-175 Time and days of activities not restricted.

§ 112-176 Nuisance factor offset by benefits.

§ 112-177 Filing of complaints.

§ 112-178 Additional purpose.

Article XXII Subdivision of Land

§ 112-179 Administration of subdivision approval.

§ 112-180 Administration of requirements.

§ 112-181 Minor subdivision/sketch plat.

§ 112-182 Preliminary plat of major subdivision.

§ 112-183 Final plat of major subdivision.

Article XXIII Site Plan Review

§ 112-184 Purpose.

§ 112-185 Site plan review required; simultaneous review; exceptions; minor site plan application.

§ 112-186 Submission procedures.

§ 112-187 Preliminary approval of site plan.

§ 112-188 Final approval.

§ 112-189 Improvements or guaranties.

§ 112-190 Effect of final site plan approval.

§ 112-191 Board of Adjustment review of site plan application.

§ 112-192 Site plan details.

§ 112-193 Principles and standards for site plan review.

Article XXIV Performance Guaranties and Improvements

§ 112-194 Performance guaranty.

§ 112-195 On-tract improvements.

§ 112-196 Off-tract improvements.

§ 112-197 Inspection of improvements.

§ 112-198 Maintenance of detention/retention basins.

Article XXV Environmental and Historic Resources

§ 112-199 Requirements for environmental assessment.

§ 112-200 Historic Preservation Advisory Commission.

§ 112-201 Scenic Corridor District Overlay.

Article XXVI Township Design Standards

§ 112-202 Adoption of Design Standards.

§ 112-203 Architectural design guidelines in HBD.

§ 112-204 Design guidelines for security grilles/roll-up doors in the HBD.

§ 112-205 Design guidelines for awnings and canopies in the HBD.

§ 112-206 Design standards for signs in the HBD.

Article XXVIA Commercial Design Standards

§ 112-206.1 Purpose.

§ 112-206.2 Applicability.

§ 112-206.3 Definitions.

§ 112-206.4 Building orientation.

§ 112-206.5 Architectural design.

§ 112-206.6 Site access and circulation.

§ 112-206.7 Parking.

§ 112-206.8 Site amenities.

§ 112-206.9 Landscape design.

§ 112-206.10 Lighting.

§ 112-206.11 Sign design.

Article XXVII Reservation of Public Areas

§ 112-207 Depiction on plat required; private use of areas.

§ 112-208 Applicability.

§ 112-209 Just compensation for loss of use.

Article XXVIII Escrow Deposits

§ 112-210 Deposit required; use.

§ 112-211 Payment to professionals.

§ 112-212 Charges for professional services.

§ 112-213 Escrow and professional fees.

§ 112-214 Deposit of escrow funds; refunds.

§ 112-215 Payment pursuant to voucher; statement of account.

§ 112-216 Payments required prior to issuance of permits.

§ 112-217 Closeout procedures.

§ 112-218 Scope of charges.

§ 112-219 Limitation of inspection fees.

§ 112-220 Substitution of professionals.

§ 112-221 Estimate of cost of improvements.

§ 112-222 Appeals.

§ 112-223 Review criteria.

§ 112-224 Posting of escrow.

§ 112-225 Escrow considered additional to other fees.

Article XXIX Stream Corridor Preservation

§ 112-226 Objective.

§ 112-227 Stream corridor components.

§ 112-228 Regulated activities.

§ 112-229 Stream corridor plan requirements.

§ 112-230 Stream corridor conservation easements.

§ 112-231 Monuments.

§ 112-232 through § 112-234. (Reserved)

Article XXX Natural Resources Preservation Cluster Option

§ 112-235 Definitions.

§ 112-236 Statement of purpose.

§ 112-237 Permitted uses.

§ 112-238 Criteria for cluster development.

§ 112-239 Development standards.

§ 112-240 Preservation area.

§ 112-241 Findings.

§ 112-242 Application.

Article XXXI Agricultural Cluster Option

§ 112-243 Statement of purpose.

§ 112-244 Permitted uses.

§ 112-245 Criteria for development.

§ 112-246 Development standards.

§ 112-247 Cluster open space.

§ 112-248 Approval.

§ 112-249 Findings.

Article XXXII Conceptual and Zone Plans

§ 112-250 Informal review.

§ 112-251 Submission procedures.

Article XXXIII Affordable Housing Development Fees

§ 112-252 Statement of purpose.

§ 112-253 Definitions.

§ 112-254 Retention of certain fees.

§ 112-255 Residential development fees.

§ 112-256 Nonresidential development fees.

§ 112-257 Eligible exaction, ineligible exaction and exemptions.

§ 112-258 Collection of fees.

§ 112-259 Housing Trust Fund.

§ 112-260 Use of funds.

§ 112-261 Contested fees.

§ 112-262 Expiration of ordinance.

§ 112-263 Land use types subject to development fees.

Article XXXIV Parkland Dedication

§ 112-264 Definitions.

§ 112-265 Dedication or cash contribution required.

§ 112-266 Dedications of more than 10 acres.

§ 112-267 Population multipliers.

§ 112-268 Acreage requirements.

§ 112-269 Options in lieu of dedication.

§ 112-270 Contribution and dedication requirement.

§ 112-271 Applicability.

Article XXXV Renaissance 2000 Redevelopment Plan

§ 112-272 Introduction.

§ 112-273 Statutory requirements.

§ 112-274 Current planning.

§ 112-275 Plan principles.

§ 112-276 Planning context.

§ 112-277 Plan goals.

§ 112-278 Development opportunities.

§ 112-279 Circulation plan.

§ 112-280 Land use plan.

§ 112-281 General design standards.

§ 112-282 Plan of action.

§ 112-283 Plan relationship to definitive local objectives.

§ 112-284 Administrative and procedural requirements.

Article XXXVI Zoning Board of Adjustment

§ 112-285 Establishment and composition.

§ 112-286 (Reserved)

§ 112-287 Officers.

§ 112-288 Board of Adjustment Attorney.

§ 112-289 Experts and staff.

§ 112-290 Rules and regulations.

§ 112-291 Powers.

§ 112-292 Appeals and applications.

§ 112-293 Power to reverse or modify decisions.

§ 112-294 Expiration of variance.

§ 112-295 Powers granted by law.

§ 112-296 Additional powers.

§ 112-297 Time for decision.

§ 112-298 Appeals to Zoning Board of Adjustment.

§ 112-299 Appeals from Zoning Board of Adjustment to Township Council.

§ 112-300 Use variance.

§ 112-301 Hardship variance.

Article XXXVII Planning Board.

§ 112-302 Establishment.

§ 112-303 Vacancies.

§ 112-304 Organization of Board.

§ 112-305 Planning Board Attorney.

§ 112-306 Experts and staff.

§ 112-307 Powers and duties generally.

§ 112-308 Advisory Committee.

§ 112-309 Environmental Commission.

Article XXXVIII Provisions Applicable to Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment

§ 112-310 Conflicts of interest.

§ 112-311 Meetings.

§ 112-312 Minutes.

§ 112-313 Fees.

§ 112-314 Hearings.

§ 112-315 Notice requirements for hearing.

§ 112-316 List of property owners furnished.

§ 112-317 Decisions.

§ 112-318 Publication of decision.

§ 112-319 Appeals.

§ 112-320 Payment of taxes.

§ 112-320.1 Submittal of digital copies of application materials.

Article XXXIX Enforcement; Penalties

§ 112-321 Enforcement.

§ 112-322 Records.

§ 112-323 Applications for building permits.

§ 112-324 Certificates and permits.

§ 112-325 Violations and penalties.

Article XL Fees

§ 112-326 Payment required.

§ 112-327 Schedule of fees.

§ 112-328 (Reserved)

§ 112-329 Tax map and geographic information system (GIS) maintenance fees.

Article XLI Miscellaneous Provisions

§ 112-330 Continuance of existing applications for development.

§ 112-331 Copy to be filed with County Planning Board.

§ 112-332 Repeal of inconsistent ordinances.

§ 112-333 Effective date.

Article XLII D&R Canal Area Redevelopment Plan

§ 112-334 Introduction.

§ 112-335 Contents of the redevelopment plan.

§ 112-336 Area description and analysis.

§ 112-337 Community input.

§ 112-338 Goals and objectives of the redevelopment plan.

§ 112-339 Relationship to Township land development regulations.

§ 112-340 Land use and building requirements.

§ 112-341 Relationship to definitive local objectives.

§ 112-342 Relationship to plans of other agencies.

§ 112-343 Administrative and procedural requirements.

§ 112-344 Additional requirements.