[Added 10-26-2000 by Ord. No. 14-2000]
The following principal uses shall be permitted in the I-4 Zone District:
"Flex-buildings," defined as one- or two-story buildings designed to accommodate a variety of uses and internal space layouts, and limited to light industrial uses, offices, research laboratories and ancillary uses to the foregoing.
Warehouses and distribution facilities.
Administrative, business and professional offices.
Uses and structures accessory to and customary incidental to permitted principal uses.
Any use other than those uses permitted in § 166-207.4 above is prohibited. In addition, the following uses shall be specifically prohibited:
[Amended 2-22-2007 by Ord. No. 5-07]
Retail and wholesale business uses.
Hotels and motels.
Any use conducted outside the confines of a building, except as specifically permitted. This prohibition shall include outdoor storage or display of any kind, except for limited and temporary storage of refuse and recyclables accessory to the use. Rooftop or at-grade equipment designed as part of the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, emergency power or similar systems for the principal use shall be excluded from the foregoing prohibition, provided that such equipment is properly screened and that environmental impacts from the equipment are appropriately mitigated.
The following requirements shall be complied with in the I-4 Zone District, except as may be provided otherwise as part of a planned development:
Minimum lot area: three acres.
Minimum lot width: 200 feet.
Maximum floor area ratio: 25% of the lot area.
Maximum building coverage: 25% of the lot area.
Maximum improvement coverage: 65% of the lot area.
Maximum building height: three stories or 45 feet, whichever is more restrictive. The maximum permitted height shall be measured exclusive of roof tanks and supports, chimneys or head houses or similar enclosures for elevators or air-conditioning equipment, dish antennas or other apparatus, and exclusive of any parapet walls or other devices used for screening said roof structures; provided, however, that the following shall apply to the foregoing roof structures and any screening for the same:
All roof structures shall be screened from view by appropriate materials designed to be compatible with the building facade and/or roof materials, as determined by the Planning Board.
No roof structure or screening for the same shall exceed 16 feet in height above the elevation of the roof upon which the structure or screening is mounted.
The coverage of the roof area by roof structures, and the area of enclosure by any screening of the same, shall not exceed 20% of the area of the roof of the building upon which the roof structures and screening are mounted.
Minimum yard setbacks. The following minimum yard setbacks shall apply to principal buildings, except when the buffer requirements impose more stringent setbacks:
Minimum parking setbacks. The following minimum yard setbacks shall apply to parking and loading areas, except when the buffer requirements impose more stringent setbacks:
Parking areas in the front yard. In the front yard facing Parsippany Road, parking areas shall be set back from the street right-of-way at least 450 feet. In the front yards facing other streets, parking areas shall be set back from the street right-of-way a distance equal to the minimum front yard required for principal buildings. Parking areas in any front yard shall be set back at least 25 feet from lot lines other than the front lot line.
Parking areas in the side yard shall be set back at least 25 feet from any lot line.
Parking areas in the rear yard shall be set back at least 25 feet from any lot line.
Parking decks shall comply with the same setback requirements that apply to surface parking areas, except that parking decks shall be set back at least 300 feet from a residential zone district.
Buffer requirements. Where the I-4 Zone abuts a residential zone district, Parsippany Road or Route 10, there shall be provided within the I-4 Zone a buffer to mitigate harmful effects from the I-4 Zone development to adjacent residential properties and to screen the development from said roads. The following requirements shall apply to such buffers:
Where the I-4 Zone abuts the R-25 Zone District located along Parsippany Road or Route 10, the depth of the buffer shall be at least five feet for each acre of lot area, provided that no buffer shall be permitted to have a depth of less than 50 feet, and no buffer shall be required to have a depth of greater than 75 feet, measured perpendicular to the property line.
[Amended 12-28-2000 by Ord. No. 19-2000]
Where the I-4 Zone abuts a residential zone district other than the R-25 Zone District located along Parsippany Road or Route 10, the depth of the buffer shall be at least five feet for each acre of lot area, provided that no buffer shall be permitted to have a depth of less than 50 feet, and no buffer shall be required to have a depth of greater than 150 feet, measured perpendicular to the property line.
[Amended 12-28-2000 by Ord. No. 19-2000]
Where the I-4 Zone abuts Parsippany Road, the depth of the buffer shall be at least 150 feet.
Where the I-4 Zone abuts Route 10, the depth of the buffer shall be at least 100 feet.
Buffers shall be designed to provide an effective visual screen of the property in the I-4 Zone from the adjoining residential zone or roadway during all seasons of the year.
Within buffers, all existing trees, shrubs, ground cover and other vegetation shall be preserved, except when it is determined by the Planning Board that certain trees and other vegetation pose a hazard to human life or property or must be removed for driveways necessary to provide direct access to public streets, utilities and landfill monitoring structures as may be required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In addition to the foregoing, the following removal of existing vegetation within buffers shall also be permitted:
A maximum twenty-foot depth of the required buffer, located in that portion of the buffer furthest from the residential zone, Parsippany Road or Route 10, may be disturbed and vegetation removed when it is determined by the Planning Board that the same is necessary for reasonable grading activities. Upon completion of the grading activities, the area shall be planted so as to further the objectives of the buffer. The foregoing shall not be construed to permit within the buffer any buildings, parking or loading areas, driveways or other paved areas nor any storage of materials or equipment, except as specifically permitted by Subsection I(6) above.
A maximum fifty-foot depth of the required buffer along Route 10, located in that portion of the buffer adjacent to the roadway, may be disturbed and vegetation removed when it is determined by the Planning Board that the same is necessary for widening of Route 10.
If the existing vegetation within a buffer is not sufficient to provide an effective visual screen, additional supplemental plantings, berms and/or fencing shall be provided sufficient to provide such screen. Such supplemental measures shall be designed in such a manner so as to minimize the removal of existing trees or other vegetation within the buffer area, as determined by the Planning Board. If such supplemental measures cannot be provided within the buffer area without substantially disturbing existing vegetation, then such measures shall be located outside of the buffer area, as determined by the Planning Board.
Required buffers shall be protected by means of a conservation covenant recorded with the deed in perpetuity or a conservation easement conveyed to the Township of Hanover. The easement or covenant shall contain a metes and bounds description of the buffer and shall prohibit the removal or destruction of trees, shrubs or other vegetation, the excavation, removal or placement of soil, sand, gravel, rocks, waste materials or any unsightly or offensive materials and the construction of buildings, pavement or other structures within the buffer, except as permitted by Subsections I(6) and I(7) above. The easement or covenant shall also stipulate that it is intended to benefit the public at large and that the restrictions are enforceable by the Township and its citizens. The easement or covenant shall bind all parties in said land and shall be passed on in perpetuity.
Where the I-4 Zone does not abut a residential zone district, but is separated from the same by a property in another nonresidential zone, which by its nature is incapable of providing a conforming buffer, the property in the I-4 Zone shall be required to provide a buffer in the same manner as if it abutted the residential zone district, except that the buffer depth shall in such case be measured from and perpendicular to the residential zone district boundary.