Township of Readington, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington 5-21-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 96.
Improvement standards — See Ch. 142.
Land development — See Ch. 148.
Sewers — See Ch. 187.

§ 106-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DRIVEWAY
In addition to its regularly accepted common meaning, shall also mean any lane, way, field entrance or privately owned road. A driveway is "modified" within the meaning of this chapter when it is paved, widened or narrowed or when its location or grade is changed.

§ 106-2 Permit required; fee.

No driveway which intersects with the right-of-way line of any public road within the Township of Readington may be constructed or modified unless the owner of the land upon which the driveway is to be constructed or modified first obtains a driveway permit from the Readington Township Road Supervisor. The applicant shall, prior to the issuance of the permit, pay a fee of $25 to the township.

§ 106-3 Construction requirements.

All driveways which intersect with the right-of-way line of any public road within the Township of Readington and which are to be constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter and all such driveways existing as of the effective date of this chapter and which are modified subsequent to the effective date of this chapter shall be constructed in accordance with the following minimum requirements:
A. 
The driveways shall be constructed so as to slope from the point of intersection of the road right-of-way line and the center line of the driveway toward the edge of the traveled way of the public road so that the finished grade of the driveway at a point 25 feet from the center line of the traveled way of the public road shall be no more than six inches higher than the center-line elevation of the traveled way of the public road.
B. 
The driveways shall be constructed so as to be perpendicular to the traveled way of the public road for a distance of at least 25 feet from the center line of the traveled way and shall intersect the traveled way at the perpendicular.
C. 
The driveways shall have a minimum driving width of 10 feet, with a minimum radius of five feet on each side as they touch the traveled way of the public road.

§ 106-4 Proper drainage to be maintained.

All driveways, including those constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter and those existing prior to the effective date of this chapter, shall be constructed and maintained at all times by the owner of the land upon which they are located in such a manner as to prevent the discharge of water from the driveway onto the public road, the erosion of soil from the driveways and the land behind them and the obstruction of or interference with drainage within the right-of-way.

§ 106-5 Creation of uneven driving surfaces prohibited.

No driveway constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter and no driveway existing prior to the effective date of this chapter which is modified subsequent to the effective date of this chapter shall be allowed to extend beyond the edge of the existing ditch lines of the traveled way of the public road at an elevation creating a hump or uneven driving surface on the traveled way or shoulder.

§ 106-6 Dish-type gutters.

The construction of a properly sized dish-type gutter will be permitted, provided that the existing township water flow will not be blocked, altered or changed in any manner.

§ 106-7 Required pipes or culverts.

The installation of suitable reinforced concrete pipe or culvert will be required in the event that the existing flow line or ditch cannot be crossed with a shallow dish-type gutter. The size of the pipe or culvert required shall be determined by the Readington Township Road Supervisor pursuant to acceptable engineering practice.

§ 106-8 Construction materials.

All driveways constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter and all driveways existing prior to the effective date of this chapter which are modified subsequent to the effective date of this chapter shall, for a distance of 25 feet from the center line of the traveled way, be constructed as follows:
A. 
Driveways entering unpaved roads: four inches (compacted thickness) of one-and-one-half-inch quarry-processed (blend) stone thoroughly rolled and compacted at the specified width.
B. 
Driveways entering paved roads:
[Amended 6-17-2013 by Ord. No. 13-2013]
(1) 
Subbase course: four inches (compacted thickness) of one-and-one-half-inch quarry-processed (blend) stone thoroughly rolled and compacted.
(2) 
Base course: five inches (compacted thickness) of bituminous concrete, hot-mix asphalt Type 19M64.
(3) 
Surface course: two inches (compacted thickness) of bituminous concrete, hot-mix asphalt Type 9.5M64.
C. 
All materials shall comply with the New Jersey State Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 2007 Edition, and all amendments and revisions thereto.
[Amended 6-17-2013 by Ord. No. 13-2013]

§ 106-9 Materials to be submitted with application.

The person or persons, firm or corporation applying for a driveway permit shall submit a plan in sufficient detail to the Road Supervisor for his approval prior to the issuance of said permit. The plan shall show or include the following information:
A. 
A plot or site plan showing the driveway for its entire length and its relation to the public road.
B. 
A profile of the driveway showing existing and proposed center-line grades and elevation for its entire length.
C. 
A plan showing the type of storm drainage to be constructed at the driveway entrance to the township road, i.e., dish-type gutter, pipe, gutter or culvert. Sizes of pipes, culverts and gutters, grades, elevations, typical cross sections, construction details and any other information deemed necessary to the proper analysis of the installation shall also be shown.

§ 106-10 Compliance required prior to issuance of building permits and certificates of occupancy.

[Amended 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99]
No building permit shall be issued by the Code Enforcement Officer for the construction or alteration of any structure where inherent in any application for such permit a driveway permit is required in accordance with the terms of this chapter until said driveway permit and all works required thereby shall be completed, except that the improvement required by § 106-8 may be completed at any time prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy. No certificate of occupancy is to be issued prior to the completion of all the requirements of this chapter as certified to the Code Enforcement Officer by the Road Supervisor.

§ 106-11 Liability for damages.

Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter which results in damage to or obstruction of any township road, gutter, storm drain, ditch, basin, inlet or culvert shall be responsible for all expenses incurred by the Township of Readington in repairing said damage or removing said obstruction, in addition to the penalty herein provided.

§ 106-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99]
Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days and/or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each and every day that said violation continues shall constitute a separate and specific violation.