Borough of Collingswood, NJ
Camden County
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A. 
The boundaries of zoning districts shall be as shown upon the map attached to and made part hereof this chapter, entitled "Borough of Collingswood Zoning Map, November 1999."[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Borough offices.
B. 
The following rules shall govern interpretations of the Zoning Map:
(1) 
The boundaries between districts are, unless otherwise indicated, the center lines of streets, alleys or railroad rights-of-way, or follow property lines or extensions thereof.
(2) 
The Board of Adjustment shall determine the location of any disputed zoning district boundary line.
[Amended 3-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1306; 4-6-2015 by Ord. No. 1565; 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 1575; 9-6-2016 by Ord. No. 1604; 5-1-2017 by Ord. No. 1615]
All uses not expressly permitted as either a principal use, an accessory use or as a conditional use by this chapter are prohibited. In addition, the following uses are also prohibited: ice or roller skating rinks, establishments that show films or videos of any kind, massage or tattoo parlors, establishments utilizing either plenary retail consumption or distribution licenses pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-12, establishments utilizing either limited or restricted licenses pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-10, except limited breweries, which do not sell or serve food or operate a restaurant, as defined under Article II, § 141-4, bowling alleys or electronic or mechanical games of any kind but not limited to pool, billiards or bingo, flea markets, discos and nightclubs, accessory apartments, boarding homes and community residential houses, fortune telling, tarot card and psychic readings and similar or related services.
A. 
Purpose. The Single-Family Residential District recognizes mature neighborhoods that contain significant single-family, owner-occupied single-family units on larger lots.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-family detached dwellings.
(2) 
Parks and playgrounds.
(3) 
Private or parochial schools consisting of kindergarten, elementary or high school grades meeting the curriculum requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education. (See § 141-80.)
(4) 
Family day-care homes. (See § 141-63.)
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Private garages up to two cars in size.
(2) 
Utility sheds.
(3) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Home professional offices. (See § 141-68.)
(2) 
Churches, chapels or other houses of worship. (See § 141-55.)
(3) 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide the direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water, sewerage and cable television excluding offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies or utilities. (See § 141-89.)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D(4), Community residential homes, which subsection immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1306.
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Nonconforming uses: hours of operation. Any nonconforming use located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[Added 12-6-2010 by Ord. No. 1488]
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes mature neighborhoods that contain significant single-family, owner-occupied single-family units on smaller lots.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-family detached dwellings.
(2) 
Parks and playgrounds.
(3) 
Private or parochial schools consisting of kindergarten, elementary or high school grades meeting the curriculum requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education. (See § 141-80.)
(4) 
Family day-care homes. (See § 141-63.)
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Private garages up to two cars in size.
(2) 
Utility sheds.
(3) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Home professional offices. (See § 141-68.)
(2) 
Churches, chapels or other houses of worship. (See § 141-55.)
(3) 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide the direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water, sewerage and cable television excluding offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies or utilities. (See § 141-82.)
(4) 
Community residential homes. (See § 141-56.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Nonconforming uses: hours of operation. Any nonconforming use located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[Added 12-6-2010 by Ord. No. 1488]
[Amended 3-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1306]
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes the transitional single-family residential neighborhoods that have walkable access to the Borough's business districts. It promotes alternative living arrangements in stable, owner-occupied homes.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-family detached and semidetached dwellings.
(2) 
Parks and playgrounds.
(3) 
Private or parochial schools consisting of kindergarten, elementary or high school grades meeting the curriculum requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education. (§ 141-80.)
(4) 
Family day-care homes. (See § 141-63.)
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Private garages up to two cars in size.
(2) 
Utility sheds.
(3) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Home professional offices. (See § 141-68.)
(2) 
Churches, chapels or other houses of worship. (See § 141-55.)
(3) 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide the direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water, sewerage and cable television excluding offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies or utilities. (See § 141-82.)
(4) 
Bed-and-breakfast facilities. (See § 141-52.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Nonconforming uses: hours of operation. Any nonconforming use located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[Added 12-6-2010 by Ord. No. 1488]
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes the mature residential neighborhoods that consist of original row-homes and similar, attached single-family homes. It further promotes their upkeep and restoration as owner-occupied units.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-family detached units.
(2) 
Single-family attached units.
(3) 
Parks and playgrounds.
(4) 
Private or parochial schools consisting of kindergarten, elementary or high school grades meeting the curriculum requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education. (See § 141-80.)
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Private garages up to two cars in size.
(2) 
Utility sheds.
(3) 
Family day-care homes. (See § 141-63.)
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
(2) 
Churches, chapels or other houses of worship. (See § 141-55.)
(3) 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide the direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water, sewerage and cable television excluding offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies or utilities. (See § 141-82.)
(4) 
Community residential homes. (See § 141-56.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Nonconforming uses: hours of operation. Any nonconforming use located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[Added 12-6-2010 by Ord. No. 1488]
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes and promotes multifamily housing in proximity to commercial opportunities within the Borough.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
All uses permitted in the SF-A District.
(2) 
Garden apartments.
(3) 
Mid-rise apartment buildings.
(4) 
High-rise apartment building.
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-car garages.
(2) 
Parking lots or garages. (See § 141-76.)
(3) 
Office or service retail on ground floor of high-rise apartment buildings only.
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
(2) 
Family day-care homes. (See § 141-63.)
(3) 
Churches, chapels or other houses of worship. (See § 141-55.)
(4) 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide the direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water, sewerage and cable television excluding offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies or utilities. (See § 141-82.)
(5) 
Senior citizen housing.
(6) 
Community residential homes. (See § 141-56.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Nonconforming uses: hours of operation. Any nonconforming use located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[Added 12-6-2010 by Ord. No. 1488]
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes and encourages the traditional downtown shopping and service opportunities within the Borough. It supports creative infill and redevelopment opportunities to supplement strong, existing businesses.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Retail stores and service establishments, excluding convenience stores.
(2) 
Retail banks.
[Amended 12-3-2007 by Ord. No. 1440]
(3) 
Restaurants, excluding fast-food restaurants.
(4) 
Travel agencies, real estate offices and opticians.
(5) 
Funeral homes.
(6) 
Commercial and public parking lots. (See§ 141-76.)
(7) 
Drugstores and pharmacies.
(8) 
Libraries.
(9) 
Limited breweries, which do not serve or sell food or operate a restaurant, as defined under Article II, § 141-4, of the Collingswood Development Regulations Ordinance.
[Added 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 1576]
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Uses customarily incidental to the permitted principal uses.
(2) 
Parking in accordance with § 141-76.
(3) 
Residential uses within the same building as a permitted commercial use. Such residential use must be located on the second or third floor of the commercial building located on Haddon Avenue or Collings Avenue.
(4) 
Office, professional office and medical professional office uses within the second or third floor of the same building as a permitted commercial use.
(5) 
Office, professional office and medical professional office uses, except that such uses shall not be permitted on the first floor along Haddon Avenue or Collings Avenue.
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Convenience stores. (See § 141-58.)
(2) 
Specialty shopping centers.
(3) 
Licensed child-care centers. (See § 141-70.)
(4) 
Outdoor cafes (See § 141-76.1.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Hours of operation. The permitted principal uses set forth above in Subsection B and such other businesses located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
A. 
Purpose. This district recognizes the existing significant buildings within the district, while supporting conversion of existing single-family, detached residential homes to professional offices and cultural-oriented business without changing the architectural features of the area.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single-family, detached homes.
(2) 
Bed-and-breakfast facilities. (See § 141-52.)
(3) 
Home personal offices. (See § 141-67.)
(4) 
Home professional offices. (See § 141-68.)
(5) 
Offices, professional offices, medical professional offices and financial institutions.
[Amended 12-3-2007 by Ord. No. 1440]
(6) 
Funeral homes.
(7) 
Clubs, lodges, and community centers.
(8) 
Studios.
(9) 
Public buildings.
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Uses customarily incidental to the permitted principal uses.
(2) 
Private garages, for up to two cars.
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Restaurants, excluding fast-food restaurants.
(2) 
Theaters.
(3) 
Convenience stores. (See § 141-58.)
(4) 
Licensed child-care centers. (See § 141-70.)
E. 
Bulk and area requirements. See the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Hours of operation. The permitted principal uses set forth above in Subsection B and such other businesses located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
A. 
Purpose. This district serves to recognize and promote highway-oriented development along the Route 130 corridor that will serve as a gateway for the Borough with appropriate landscaping, buffering, signage, and architectural treatments.
B. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Retail stores and service establishments.
(2) 
Retail banks.
[Amended 12-3-2007 by Ord. No. 1440]
(3) 
Restaurants.
(4) 
Fast-food restaurants. (See § 141-64.)
(5) 
Offices, professional offices and medical professional offices.
(6) 
Funeral homes.
(7) 
Convenience stores. (See § 141-58.)
(8) 
Drugstores and pharmacies.
(9) 
Shopping centers.
(10) 
Limited breweries, which do not serve or sell food or operate a restaurant, as defined under Article II, § 141-4, of the Collingswood Development Regulations Ordinance.
[Added 8-3-2015 by Ord. No. 1576]
C. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Uses customarily incidental to the permitted principal uses.
(2) 
Public and commercial parking lots.
D. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Automotive garages. (See § 141-49.)
(2) 
Automotive service stations, including those with convenience stores. (See § 141-51.)
(3) 
Automotive sales of new or used cars. (See § 141-50.)
(4) 
Adult entertainment use. (See § 141-46.)
(5) 
Licensed child-care centers. (See § 141-70.)
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
F. 
Hours of operation. The permitted principal uses set forth above in Subsection B and such other businesses located in such zone shall not conduct business between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
A. 
Permitted principal uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Professional and medical offices.
(2) 
Wholesale business.
(3) 
Scientific and research laboratories.
(4) 
Industry, processing and manufacturing for such uses but not limited to beverages, food items, pharmaceuticals, printing and publishing, confections, clothing, electrical goods, furniture, specialty manufacturing, professional and scientific instruments, and electronics.
(5) 
Industrial research.
(6) 
Warehouses.
(7) 
Vehicle sales.
B. 
Permitted accessory uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Uses customarily incidental to the permitted principal uses.
(2) 
Offices, in conjunction with a permitted industrial use.
C. 
Conditional uses shall be as follows:
(1) 
Retail sales of goods and services, financial institutions and restaurants shall be permitted in up to 25% of the HID District, provided that the following criteria are complied with:
(a) 
There shall be a minimum lot size of three acres.
(b) 
There shall be a minimum of 25,000 square feet of building area.
(c) 
There should be a maximum of three conditional uses within any building.
[Amended 8-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1410]
(d) 
Parking shall be one car per 200 square feet gross area of the building.
(e) 
Parking, loading and landscaping layouts shall be in accordance with § 141-69.
(f) 
Sign performance standards shall be in accordance with Article IX.
(g) 
Those performance standards set forth in § 141-77 shall be met.
(h) 
There shall be no significant adverse impact caused by storm drainage from the property in question to any other property within the drainage area.
D. 
In addition to the uses prohibited throughout the Borough under Section § 141-15.1, the following shall not be permitted uses or permitted conditional uses for the purposes of this section:
(1) 
Funeral parlors or crematoriums.
(2) 
Gasoline filling stations and automobile repair and service centers.
(3) 
Convenience stores.
(4) 
Supermarkets.
E. 
For bulk and area requirements, see the Schedule of District Regulations of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Schedule of District Regulations is located at the end of this chapter.
[Added 8-1-2016 by Ord. No. 1599]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Affordable Housing Overlay District is to establish an area for capturing the Borough's unmet need from its Third Round Fair Share Affordable Housing obligations, in conformance with the requirements of the New Jersey Fair Housing Act of 1985.
B. 
Applicability.
(1) 
Affordable Housing Overlay District shall be applied to the lands known as Block 38, Lots 12, 12.01, 12.02, and 12.03; Block 60, Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.01. and 5.02; Block 63, Lots 1, 1.01, 2, 3, 6.01, and 6.07; and Block 97, Lots 4.02, 5, 5.01, 5.02, and 8 on the Collingswood Tax Map.
(2) 
The Official Zoning Map of the Borough of Collingswood is hereby amended in accordance with the foregoing and is further incorporated by reference.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Borough offices.
C. 
Permitted use; permitted density.
(1) 
The development of multifamily dwellings shall be permitted in the Affordable Housing Overlay District.
(2) 
Residential density permitted in the Affordable Housing Overlay District shall be as follows:
(a) 
Block 38, Lots 12, 12.01, 12.02, and 12.03: 10 dwelling units per acre;
(b) 
Block 60, Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.01, and 5.02: 16 dwelling units per acre;
(c) 
Block 63, Lots 1, 1.01, 2, 3, 6.01, and 6.07: 13.91 dwelling units per acre; and
(d) 
Block 97, Lots 4.02, 5, 5.01, 5.02, and 8: 14 dwelling units per acre.
D. 
Affordable housing set-aside. A fifteen-percent set-aside for affordable housing for all development applications consisting of five or more residential units within the areas described in Subsection B(1) above is required.
E. 
Compliance with other regulations and ordinances.
(1) 
All multifamily dwellings developed within the Affordable Housing Overlay District shall comply with all development regulations applicable to the Multifamily Residential District.
(2) 
All other development regulations applicable to the underlying zones for each property located within Affordable Housing Overlay District shall remain in full force and effect unless in conflict with this section.
(3) 
All affordable units constructed within this overlay zones shall also comply with Chapter 85 of this Code.
A. 
Any change in use, as listed below, shall require application to be made to the Zoning Officer. It shall be unlawful to undertake any of these changes unless the Zoning Officer has signified, in writing, that the provisions of this subsection and chapter have been met.
(1) 
A change, in whole or in part, of the use being made of any structure.
(2) 
The new use of a structure theretofore unused.
(3) 
A change, in whole or in part, of the use being made of land.
(4) 
The new use of land theretofore unused.
B. 
Application for such change in use approval shall be made to the Zoning Administrative Officer in writing. The application shall contain all information necessary for the Officer to ascertain whether the proposed change is use complies with this chapter or shall appear before the Planning Board for approval. The application shall include a drawing, to scale, which shows the following information:
(1) 
The dimensions and shape of the lot in question.
(2) 
The exact size and locations of all existing and any proposed structures.
(3) 
Current and proposed utilities, access to rights-of-way, and on-site circulation
(4) 
Current and proposed use, including a project description of the proposed use with number of employees, parking stalls, and bedrooms (if a residential use), and square footage of impervious coverage.
(5) 
The SIC codes for the current and proposed use. (See list at the end of this chapter.)
C. 
The Zoning Officer shall have 45 days in which to review the proposed change in use.
(1) 
Should the change in use be deemed insignificant by the Zoning Officer, have the same division and major group classification within the SIC system, as signified by the first digit in the SIC code, or not involve any outside construction, written approval shall be granted as mentioned in Subsection A.
[Amended 4-5-2004 by Ord. No. 1329]
(2) 
Where the construction or alteration of a structure is involved, a zoning permit shall be applied for. If the Zoning Administrative Officer deems the change in use insignificant and that the requirements contained within this chapter have been met, he shall issue a zoning permit.
(3) 
If the division and major group classification within the SIC system, as signified by the first digit in the SIC code of the proposed use varies from the current use, the Zoning Officer shall forward the application to the Planning Board for the appropriate review. The applicant may proceed with an informal plat review to determine classification of the application. Approval by the Planning Board of a site plan or subdivision shall constitute the equivalent of written approval by the Zoning Officer, and upon completion of all required conditions of any Planning Board approval, a zoning permit shall be issued and the change of use may proceed.
[Amended 4-5-2004 by Ord. No. 1329]
D. 
It shall be unlawful to convert any single-family attached or single-family detached dwelling into a two-or-more-family dwelling. Accessory apartments are conditional uses in certain residential zones and must meet the requirements outlined in § 141-44.
E. 
Any property in the Borough of Collingswood that is currently zoned for nonresidential uses and that is subsequently rezoned for residential purposes or receives a zoning change or a use variance to permit residential development, or receives a zoning change or a density variance to permit higher density residential development, and provided such residential development provides a sufficient compensatory benefit in terms of the density of development permitted, shall provide an affordable housing set-aside as set forth in § 85-6E(3). The determination of a "sufficient compensatory benefit" shall be a density that is above the presumptive density pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:93-5.6.
[Added 8-1-2016 by Ord. No. 1599]
Under the authority granted by the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law,[1] those geographic areas that have been designated as areas in need of rehabilitation may be utilized in a manner not inconsistent with the intent and purpose of a duly authorized redevelopment plan and shall not be subject to the requirements of the zone in which the area is located.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et seq.