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Township of Hanover, NJ
Morris County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Added 11-14-2002 by Ord. No. 25-2002]
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Editor's Note: Former Art. XXIXB, RM-1 Residential-Multifamily District, as added 12-22-1993 by Ord. No. 36-93 and as amended 6-13-1996 by Ord. No. 6-96, was repealed 10-10-1996 by Ord. No. 15-96.
[Amended 3-11-2010 by Ord. No. 11-10; 7-14-2016 by Ord. No. 20-16; 12-14-2017 by Ord. No. 26-2017]
The purpose and intent of the RM-2 Zone District is to encourage limited multifamily and single-family residential development and the preservation of open space through appropriate standards. The standards are designed to encourage multifamily residential development in a manner that concentrates such development within a limited area and results in the preservation of open space in the adjacent PU Zone District. Single-family residential development is permitted as an alternative to multifamily development when the standards for multifamily development cannot be complied with.
[Amended 3-11-2010 by Ord. No. 11-10; 12-14-2017 by Ord. No. 26-2017]
The following principal uses and structures shall be permitted in the RM-2 Zone District:
A. 
Single-family attached dwellings, also known as "townhouses."
B. 
Multifamily apartment buildings.
C. 
Buildings combining a mixture of townhouse and apartment dwellings.
D. 
Single-family detached dwellings.
[Amended 12-14-2017 by Ord. No. 26-2017]
Permitted accessory uses shall be limited to those uses customarily incidental to the permitted principal uses in the district.
A. 
Permitted accessory uses to single-family attached and multifamily residential developments shall include, but not be limited to, clubhouses, pools, tennis courts and similar personal recreation facilities for the exclusive use of the residents and guests of the development, plus gatehouses and gates.
B. 
Permitted accessory uses to single-family detached residential developments shall be as permitted in the R-25 District.
Any use other than the uses permitted by §§ 166-180.5 and 166-180.6 above shall be prohibited.
In addition to any other applicable requirements of this chapter or any other applicable requirement, the following requirements shall apply to development within the RM-2 Zone District:
A. 
Single-family detached dwellings shall be subject to the regulations for such dwellings in the R-25 Zone District.
B. 
Townhouses and apartment buildings shall be subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Minimum tract area. The minimum tract area shall be 50 acres. For purposes of administering this requirement, the tract area shall include any property located in the RM-2 District or within the adjacent PU District owned by the housing unit developer and which is, or is proposed by the developer to be, restricted in perpetuity for open space and recreational use or any permitted public use, whether or not such property is located on the same lot as the dwelling units.
(2) 
Maximum tract density. The maximum density shall be 2.7 dwelling units per acre of the tract. For purposes of administering this requirement, the tract area shall include any property located in the RM-2 District owned by the developer, plus any area within the adjacent PU District owned by the housing unit developer and which is, or is proposed by the developer to be, restricted in perpetuity for open space and recreational use or any permitted public use, whether or not such property in the PU District is located on the same lot as the property in the RM-2 District.
[Amended 12-14-2017 by Ord. No. 26-2017]
(3) 
Minimum front yard, buildings.
(a) 
One hundred feet from Route 10.
(b) 
Seventy-five feet from Jefferson Road.
(c) 
Forty feet from any other street right-of-way line.
(4) 
Minimum side and rear yards, buildings: 40 feet.
(5) 
Minimum setback from center line of Stoney Brook: 75 feet (buildings); 50 feet (paved areas). No site disturbance of any kind shall be permitted within 50 feet of the center line of Stoney Brook except for improvements related to passive recreation activities, necessary utility and stormwater improvements other than detention or retention structures and landscaping designed to supplement and be consistent with existing natural vegetation.
(6) 
Minimum distance between buildings. The following minimum dimensions shall separate principal buildings:
(a) 
Front wall facing front wall: 45 feet at any point; provided, however, that the average distance between the front walls of any two buildings shall not be less than 55 feet.
(b) 
Front wall facing rear wall: 50 feet.
(c) 
Front wall facing end/side wall: 35 feet.
(d) 
End/side wall facing end/side wall: 25 feet.
(e) 
End/side wall facing rear wall: 30 feet.
(f) 
Rear wall facing rear wall: 40 feet.
(g) 
In case of uncertainty as to the definition of "front," "rear,"or "end/side" walls, or in case the angle of the walls facing each other makes interpretation of the required setbacks uncertain, the more restrictive of possible interpretations shall apply.
(7) 
Maximum height of principal buildings. No building shall exceed 40 feet in height or 2 1/2 stories.
(8) 
Accessory buildings. Accessory buildings and other roofed accessory structures shall comply with the minimum setback requirements applicable to principal buildings. Detached accessory buildings shall be located at least 25 feet from residential buildings located in the RM-2 District. Accessory buildings shall not exceed two stories or 30 feet in height.
(9) 
Maximum coverage by buildings and improvements. The coverage by buildings shall not exceed 20% of the multi-family development lot area in the RM-2 District. The coverage by all improvements, including buildings, paved areas and other improvements other than soil, organic mulch and vegetation, shall not exceed 50% of the multifamily development lot area in the RM-2 District.
(10) 
Buffer requirements. All of the applicable requirements of § 166-125 shall be complied with, except as may be superseded below. All buffer depths shall be measured from and perpendicular to the street right-of-way or residential property line, as applicable.
(a) 
Minimum buffer depth adjacent to single-family detached or two-family residential use or single-family residential zone district: 20 feet.
(b) 
Minimum buffer depth adjacent to Route 10: 80 feet.
(c) 
Minimum buffer depth adjacent to Jefferson Road: 75 feet.
(11) 
Maximum dwelling units in building. The number of dwelling units in any apartment or townhouse building shall not exceed 10 units.
(12) 
Minimum dwelling unit gross floor area: 600 square feet, plus 150 square feet for each bedroom.
(13) 
Building design.
(a) 
Building dimension. The horizontal dimension of buildings shall not exceed 130 feet on any facade.
(b) 
Front wall horizontal projection. At least one story of the front wall of all townhouse and apartment buildings shall provide a horizontal projection or recess of at least five feet perpendicular to such front wall, at intervals of no greater than 30 feet measured parallel to such front wall. Such projections or recesses shall have a horizontal dimension of at least 15 feet, measured parallel to such front wall. The projections or recesses shall extend the full vertical height of the building story.
(c) 
Front wall material. The front wall of all townhouse and apartment buildings shall be surfaced with at least two different materials, including but not limited to brick, wood, stucco and similar materials. Each material shall comprise at least 25% of the front wall surface area.
(d) 
Roof pitch. The minimum roof pitch of all buildings shall be at least 20% (1:5).
(e) 
Windows and doors. At least 15% of the surface area of each wall of all townhouse and apartment buildings shall be comprised of windows and doors. Both pedestrian and garage doors shall be included in determining compliance with the foregoing requirement. The wall surface area shall be measured from the ground to the roof eaves, exclusive of gables located above the roof eaves. Walls facing interior courts shall be exempted from this requirement.
(14) 
Access and circulation. The design of access and circulation improvements serving residential development within the RM-2 District shall be in accordance with the New Jersey Residential Site Improvement Standards (N.J.A.C. 5:21-1 et seq.) and shall minimize detrimental impacts to area streets and residential neighborhoods. Access shall be designed to minimize traffic congestion, to ensure safety and to provide for the convenience of users of the development. At least one roadway shall be designed to provide direct access between residential development in the RM-2 District and Jefferson Road.
(15) 
Parking. The amount and design of on-site parking shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Residential Site Improvement Standards (N.J.A.C. 5:21-1 et seq.). In addition, the following provisions shall apply:
(a) 
Parking areas shall not be located in the front yard between townhouse or apartment buildings and Route 10 or Jefferson Road. Individual driveways serving townhouses or multi-family apartment dwellings shall not have direct access to a public street, but may have direct access to an internal roadway, parking loop, etc.
(b) 
Buildings shall be located at least 12 feet from internal roadways, driveways and access aisles, except for driveways located in front of garage doors.
(c) 
Parking areas and driveways shall be set back at least 20 feet from all property lines abutting a residential zone and at least 10 feet from all other property lines except as may otherwise be required by this chapter.
(d) 
Parking areas shall be set back at least 10 feet from building walls except parking spaces in driveways located in front of garage doors.
(e) 
Parking areas shall be set back at least 10 feet from the traveled way of internal roadways, parking loops, etc., except that parking spaces adjacent to the traveled way and which use the traveled way for direct access to the space shall be exempt from this requirement.
(16) 
Landscaping.
(a) 
Attractive landscape plantings shall be provided and maintained.
(b) 
Existing trees shall be retained wherever possible. Removal and preservation of trees shall comply with all applicable regulations of the Township of Hanover and any other entity having jurisdiction.
(c) 
Shade trees shall be evenly distributed within and/or around the perimeter of parking areas at a ratio of at least one tree for each 10 parking spaces, exclusive of spaces located within garages or within driveways providing direct access to garages.[1]
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Editor’s Note: Former Subsections C, regarding nonresidential development, and D, regarding mixed-use development, as amended, were repealed 12-14-2017 by Ord. No. 26-2017.