It is hereby found and declared that there exist in the Township of Pemberton structures and land used for residential and nonresidential purposes which are or may become in the future substandard with respect to exterior property maintenance. Such conditions, including but not limited to structural deteriorations, lack of maintenance and appearance of exterior of premises, infestation, accumulations of junk or inoperable vehicles in residential neighborhoods, existence of fire hazards or insanitary conditions, constitute a menace to the health, safety, morals, welfare and reasonable comfort of the citizens and inhabitants of the Township of Pemberton. It is further found and declared that by reason of lack of maintenance and progressive deterioration, certain properties have the further effect of creating blighting conditions and initiating slums, and that if the same are not curtailed and removed the aforesaid conditions will grow and spread and will necessitate in time the expenditure of large amounts of public funds to correct and eliminate the same, and that by reason of timely regulations and restrictions as herein contained, the growth of slums and blight may be prevented and the neighborhood and property values thereby maintained, the desirability and amenities of residential and nonresidential uses and neighborhoods enhanced and the public health, safety and welfare protected and fostered.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum standards governing the exterior maintenance, appearance, condition of residential and nonresidential premises; to fix certain responsibilities and duties upon owners and operators and distinct and separate responsibilities and duties upon occupants; to authorize and establish procedures for the inspection of residential and nonresidential premises; to fix penalties for the violation of this chapter; and to provide for the repair, maintenance and abatement of nuisances on premises by the Township of Pemberton. This chapter is hereby declared to be remedial and essential for the public interest, and it is intended that this chapter be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes as stated herein.