Township of Mount Laurel, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mount Laurel 6-20-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-5.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Ch. 17, Drug-Free School Zones, adopted 9-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-35. The preamble to Ord. No. 2005-5 is on file in the Township offices.
The Drug-Free Zone Map produced in April 2005 and signed by the Township Engineer Richard A. Alaimo Engineering Associates on May 20, 2005, is hereby approved and adopted as a Mount Laurel Township official finding and record of the location and boundaries of the area or areas within 1,000 feet of school property, as owned or leased to any public or private elementary or secondary school or school board; and the map also depicts the area or areas within 500 feet of public parks and/or public buildings within the Township of Mount Laurel, as defined by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1.
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Editor's Note: The Drug-Free Zone Map is on file in the Township offices.
The Drug-Free Zone Map approved and adopted pursuant to § 17-1 hereof shall continue to constitute an official finding and record of the location and boundaries of areas within 1,000 feet of property owned or leased to any public or private elementary or secondary school or school board and which is used for school purposes or areas within 500 feet of public parks and/or public buildings with the Township of Mount Laurel, until such time, if any, that this chapter shall be amended to reflect any additions or deletions with respect to the location and boundaries of school properties, public parks and/or public buildings and drug-free zones.
The Superintendent of the Mount Laurel Board of Education, or the Chief Administrative Officer in the case of any private or parochial school, and the Director of Parks and Recreation for the public parks or public library, are hereby directed and shall have the continuing obligation to promptly notify the Township Manager and Township Engineer of any changes or contemplated changes in the location and boundaries of any property owned or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board for educational use, or Township public parks or public building.
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It is understood that the map approved and adopted pursuant to § 17-1 of this chapter was prepared and is intended to be used as evidence in prosecution arising under the criminal laws of this state and that, pursuant to state law, such map shall constitute prima facie evidence of the following:
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The location of elementary and secondary schools and public parks and/or public buildings within the Township of Mount Laurel;
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The boundaries of the real property of public parks and/or public buildings and real property owned or leased to a school or a school board;
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School property and public parks and/or public buildings are and continue to be used for their intended purposes; and
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The location and boundaries of areas that are on or within 1,000 feet of school property and 500 feet of public parks and/or public buildings.
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Pursuant to the provision of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-1, a prosecutor is not precluded from introducing or relying upon any other evidence or testimony to establish a violation of the offense defined in the statute, including uses of a map other than the one approved and adopted pursuant to § 17-1 of this chapter. The failure of the map approved herein to depict the location and boundaries of any property which is, in fact, used for school purposes and which is owned or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board, or public park or public building, whether the absence of such depiction is the result of inadvertent omission or the result of any changes in ownership or in the location and/or boundaries of such property which has not yet been incorporated into a revised approved map shall not be deemed to be an official finding and record that such property is not owned by or leased to a school or school board, or that such property is not used for school purposes or that such property is not a public park and/or public building.