At least 10 legible prints and one reverse line sepia print of the plat containing all data required in § 57-70, together with three completed applications for preliminary approval and all appropriate fees as required in Part 2 hereof, shall be submitted to the Planning Board at least three weeks prior to the regular Planning Board meeting at which it is to be considered.
The following exhibits shall be filed with all preliminary plats:
Two copies of an affidavit of the ownership or a letter from the owner authorizing submission of the plat.
Two copies of a letter of intent stating the following information, if known:
A letter from the Township Board of Health or appropriate municipal authority approving the proposed sewage disposal facility and, if applicable, individual water supply system.
Copies of the plat submitted for preliminary approval and exhibits shall be forwarded by the Planning Board to the following officials and agencies, where appropriate:
Planning Board Attorney of the Township of Morris.
Engineer of the Township of Morris.
Board of Health of the Township of Morris.
Construction Official of the Township of Morris.
Morris County Planning Board.
Department of Transportation of the State of New Jersey.
Any other official or agency which may be affected by the proposed subdivision.
The officials and agencies cited shall forward their views and recommendations in writing to the Planning Board within 30 days from the receipt of the plat. The plat shall also be referred to the Subdivision Committee for review and recommendations. The applicant shall be notified within 45 days of submission of any omissions or incomplete applications.
At the time of the consideration of the plat, the Planning Board will, after a review of said plat and if said application is complete and ready for public hearing, set the date for the public hearing and shall notify the applicant of such date. The applicant shall follow the procedures established in § 57-31F and G with respect to notice of hearing.
If the Planning Board requires any substantial amendment in the layout of improvements proposed by the developer that have been the subject of a hearing, an amended application shall be submitted and proceeded upon, as in the case of the original application for development. The Planning Board shall, if the proposed subdivision complies with this chapter, grant preliminary approval to the subdivision.
Upon the submission to the Planning Board of a complete application for a subdivision of 10 or fewer lots, the Planning Board shall grant or deny preliminary approval within 45 days of the date of such submission or within such further time as may be consented to by the developer. Upon the submission of a complete application for a subdivision of more than 10 lots, the Planning Board shall grant or deny preliminary approval within 95 days of the date of such submission or within such further time as may be consented to by the developer; otherwise, the Planning Board shall be deemed to have granted preliminary approval to the subdivision.
If either the Planning Board or County Planning Board disapprove a plat, the reasons for disapproval shall be returned with the plat. If either the Planning Board or County Planning Board disapprove a plat, the reasons for disapproval shall be remedied prior to further consideration.
Before the Planning Board shall give preliminary approval to any plat wherein there is a proposed extension of the sanitary sewer system of the Township of Morris or the Planning Board requires an extension of the sanitary sewer system of the Township of Morris, the Planning Board shall first require the approval of the Township Committee of the Township of Morris, in writing, for said sewer extension.
If approval is required by any other officer or public body, the same procedure as applies to submission and approval by the County Planning Board shall apply.
The Planning Board shall approve, conditionally approve or reject the application. Approval or conditional approval confers upon the applicant the following rights for a three-year period from the date of approval or conditional approval:
That the general terms and conditions on which preliminary approval was granted shall not be changed, including but not limited to use requirements; layout and design standards for streets, curbs and sidewalks; lot size; yard dimensions; and off-tract improvements, except that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the Township from modifying by ordinance such general terms and conditions of preliminary approval as relate to public health and safety.
That the applicant may submit for final approval on or before the expiration date of preliminary approval the whole or a section or sections of the preliminary subdivision plat.
That the applicant may apply for, and the Planning Board may grant, extensions on such preliminary approval for additional periods of at least one year but not to exceed a total extension of two years, provided that if the design standards have been revised by ordinance, such revised standards may govern.
In the case of a subdivision of or site plan for an area of 50 acres or more, the Planning Board may grant the rights referred to in Subsection A(1), (2) and (3) above for such period of time, longer than three years, as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable, taking into consideration the number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area permissible under preliminary approval, economic conditions and the comprehensiveness of the development. The applicant may apply for thereafter and the Planning Board may thereafter grant an extension to preliminary approval for such additional period of time as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable, taking into consideration the number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area permissible under preliminary approval, the potential number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area of the section or sections awaiting final approval, economic conditions and the comprehensiveness of the development, provided that if the design standards have been revised, such revised standards may govern.
If the Planning Board favorably acts on a preliminary plat, the Chairperson and the Secretary of the Planning Board shall affix their signatures to the plat with a notation that it has received preliminary approval and shall return the same to the applicant for compliance with final approval requirements. Where conditional approval is granted, the Chairperson and the Secretary of the Planning Board shall affix their signatures to the plat with all conditions required for approval duly noted.