[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 4-18-1973 by Ord. No. 9-73 (Ch. 18 of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to effect the regulation of campgrounds within the Township of Jefferson, and said chapter shall be known as the "Campground Ordinance, 1973."
There is hereby adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing the conditions created by the maintaining of campgrounds in the Township, the New Jersey State Sanitary Code, as amended or revised, and more specifically Chapter XI thereof entitled "Campgrounds," and so much of said chapter is adopted except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended by the remainder of this chapter. Not less than three copies of said Sanitary Code have been and now are filed in the office of the Clerk of the Township of Jefferson, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein; and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the limits of the Township.
The provisions of this chapter comprise the standards to which all campgrounds and the owners thereof shall comply, as well as with rules and regulations and policies or laws administered by any agency or subdivision in this Township of Jefferson having legal jurisdiction.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Campground Ordinance."
Approval of facilities.
No person shall construct, develop, expand or enlarge a campground until first securing approval from the Land Use Board as a special exception use and site plan approval from the Land Use Board.
[Amended 12-18-2019 by Ord. No. 19-28]
No campground shall be operated without first securing an annual license from the governing body. The renewal of said license shall be based on the owner's or operator's prior compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the reasonable expectation of future compliance. The annual fees for said license shall be $5 per campsite, plus $200.
[Amended 12-5-2001 by Ord. No. 35-01]
Applications for approval. Such application shall include the following information:
The applicant's full name, residence, telephone number and post office address, and whether such applicant is an individual, partnership, firm or corporation. If a partnership, the names and addresses of the partners shall be included. If a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers of the corporation shall be included.
A site plan to scale of the proposed campground or expansion shall be submitted showing the locations and dimensions of the proposed service roads, campsites, water supplies, sanitary convenience, sewers (if any), sewage disposal facilities and auxiliary buildings, as well as other information required by the Zoning Ordinance for major site plan approval.
Where sewage disposal is to be effected by means of a wastewater treatment plant discharging a treated effluent into the waters of this state, the application shall include an engineer's report, detailed plans and specifications, all prepared in accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Preparation and Submission of Plans for Sewer Systems and Wastewater Treatment Plants promulgated by the State Department of Environmental Protection.
A certification from the Jefferson Township Division of Health shall be included to the effect that any proposed water supply and any subsurface sewage disposal system for the proposed campground or expansion thereof are in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 199, P.L. 1954, and the standards for the construction of such water supply and sewerage facilities promulgated by the State Department of Health and Senior Services and with such modifications thereof as are permitted by this chapter.
For purposes of this chapter, Section II, Definitions, as contained in Chapter XI, Campgrounds, New Jersey State Sanitary Code, is hereby made a part of this chapter as if repeated at length herein.
[Amended 10-16-1991 by Ord. No. 25-91]
Continuous use of campsites will be permitted between April 1 and November 1 of each year. From November 1 to April 1, no camper shall remain at any campground for a period exceeding 21 days during any thirty-day period. Campsites shall never constitute a permanent residence in the municipality.
Any person found guilty of a violation of this chapter of the Code of the Township of Jefferson shall be punishable by fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court.
Any such violation may result in revocation by the governing body of prior approvals given to operate said campground. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of the campgrounds to immediately clear the campgrounds of all campers should this occur.