Borough of River Edge, NJ
Bergen County
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A. 
In all zoning districts, in connection with every commercial, office, retail, recreational or residential use or any other use, there shall be provided, at the time any structure or building is erected or is enlarged or increased in capacity, off-street parking and loading spaces for automobiles and other vehicles in accordance with the requirements of the Borough of River Edge Site Plan Review Ordinance.[1] Such parking and loading facilities shall be completed prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. In the cases where site plan approval is not required, the standards and regulations established herein shall apply.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 350, Site Plan Review.
B. 
For the purpose of this Article IX, as well as in the prosecution for any violation of the regulations imposed hereunder, a recreational vehicle shall be presumed to have been parked or stored for a continuous period of time if the vehicle is located anywhere on a lot or parcel of property in a residential zone, at any time between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., on consecutive calendar days.
Off-street parking and loading facilities for separate uses may be provided jointly if the total number of spaces so provided is not less than the sum of the separate requirements for each use, and provided that all regulations governing the location of accessory spaces in relation to the use served are adhered to. No accessory space or portion thereof shall serve as required space for more than one use unless otherwise approved by the Planning Board as provided in the Site Plan Review Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 350, Site Plan Review.
Every public or private off-street parking or loading area shall be maintained in good condition, free of hazards and deterioration. All improved and paved areas, sidewalks, curbs, lighting areas, bumpers, guard rails, signs and landscaping and other improvements shall be maintained in a safe and good condition.
A. 
Required parking and loading areas and spaces shall be provided upon the same lot as the use to which they are accessory, or, for nonresidential buildings only, within 200 feet of such lot, measured by straight line from the nearest of such spaces. All parking and loading areas and spaces located on a different lot from the use to which they are accessory shall be permanently established for such accessory use as follows: deed restrictions approved by the Borough Attorney shall be placed upon them and filed with the County Clerk, binding an owner and his heirs and assigns to maintain the required number of spaces available, either for the entire life of the use to which they are accessory or until such spaces are provided elsewhere and approved by the approving authority.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
B. 
When a use is located on a lot which is partly in one zoning district and partly in another zoning district, parking spaces for such lot may be located without regard to district lines, provided that no parking or loading areas or spaces shall be located in any residential zoning district, unless the use to which they are accessory is permitted in such district.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172; 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
Every single-family or two-family dwelling unit constructed and any dwelling unit converted from a single-family to a two-family dwelling after the enactment of this chapter shall be required to provide a minimum of two off-street parking spaces for each single-family dwelling unit and four off-street parking spaces for a two-family dwelling. A garage and/or carport shall be included as spaces for off-street parking.
A. 
Storage of inoperable vehicles, trucks and boats.
(1) 
In any residential zoning district, inoperable motor vehicles shall not be stored or parked for more than 48 hours except in closed garages. In all zoning districts, inoperable motor vehicles may be stored as described in Chapter 392 of the Code of the Borough of River Edge.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
(2) 
Boats and trailers, except those covered by Subsection B, shall not be stored or parked for more than 48 hours except in enclosed garages.
(3) 
In all nonresidential zoning districts, vehicles with commercial license plates and other business vehicles shall not be parked between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. except in an enclosed garage, or in off-street parking facilities which are located in the nonresidential zoning districts.
(4) 
In all residential zoning districts, vehicles with commercial, omnibus, school bus, school vehicles or livery license plates, also vehicles with passenger plates and displaying signs, shall not be parked at any time during the day or night except in enclosed garages or as defined in Subsection A(5). This restriction shall not apply to vehicles with commercial plates used by persons engaged in work or service within the building or property line. Trailers used for construction may be permitted by the Construction Official as set forth in Chapter 182, Construction Trailers and Refuse Containers.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172; 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
(5) 
The tenant or owner of residential property may park one vehicle with commercial plates on the driveway of that property or in the R-2 Zoning District parking lots, if that vehicle complies with the following:
(a) 
Vehicle does not exceed four tires.
(b) 
Vehicle does not exceed 7.5 feet in height.
(c) 
All commercial vehicle accessories, except roof racks, shall be removed between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day, Monday through Friday, and any time on Saturday, Sunday and state and federal legal holidays.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
(d) 
All commercial signs and lettering, except as in Subsection A(5)(e) below, shall be removed or covered either by removable blank magnetic plates, snap-on canvas, vinyl or other rigid plates to match the color of the vehicle, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day, Monday through Friday, and at all times on Saturday, Sunday and state and federal legal holidays.
(e) 
Commercial signs and lettering not exceeding three inches in height and/or containing three lines or less of print shall be permitted on the driver's side only.
(6) 
The storage, parking or use of a trailer by any person or persons is prohibited, except that:
(a) 
Trailers may be stored or parked in public or private garages, provided that such trailer is not placed in use and the doors thereof are kept securely locked.
(b) 
Trailers used for construction offices may be permitted by the Construction Official, but only for the duration of a specific project.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
B. 
Storage, use and condition of recreational vehicles.
(1) 
Terms defined.
[Amended 5-18-1987 by Ord. No. 933]
(a) 
As used in this section, a recreational vehicle is a transportation structure, self-propelled or capable of being towed by a passenger car, station wagon or small pickup truck, of such size as hereinbefore stated and not requiring any special highway movement permits, and primarily designed or constructed to provide temporary, movable living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, or to carry equipment used for such purposes. However, no vehicle used for profit or commercial use shall qualify as a recreational vehicle. Any trailer not satisfying this definition of a recreational vehicle shall be deemed to be a commercial or business vehicle.
(b) 
Included as recreational vehicles are: camping trailers and coaches; motor homes; pickup (slide-in) campers; chassis mounts; converted hearses; converted ambulances; converted buses which are more than 5,000 pounds in gross weight; chopped vans; mini-motor homes; fifth-wheel trailers of recreational vehicle construction, design and intent (as opposed to commercial fifth-wheel trailers); boat trailers with and without boats mounted thereon; snowmobiles with and without snowmobiles mounted thereon, and truck cabs. Other types of vehicles satisfying the definition stated in Subsection B(1) may be determined to be recreational vehicles by the approving authority.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172; 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
[1] 
A boat trailer is a vehicle on which a boat may be transported and which is towable by a passenger car, station wagon, pickup truck or mobile recreational vehicle as defined. When removed from the trailer, a boat, for purposes of this section, is termed an unmounted boat.
[2] 
A snowmobile trailer is a vehicle on which a snowmobile may be transported and which is towable by a passenger car, station wagon, pickup truck or mobile recreational vehicle as defined. When removed from the trailer, a snowmobile, for purposes of this section, is termed an unmounted snowmobile.
(2) 
Any recreational vehicle as defined in Subsections B(1)(a) and (b) herein may be stored or parked in a residential zoning district only as follows:
(a) 
Within an enclosed building which meets all local building ordinances.
(b) 
On any interior lot, in the rear of the lot, but not closer than four feet from any building or structure or property line.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
(c) 
On any corner lot, in the rear yard of the lot only, but no closer than four feet to any building or structure or rear property line or interior side property line or behind building setback line along secondary street.
[Amended 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 1220]
(d) 
A pickup with box cover or slide-in camper shall conform to Subsection B(2)(a) of this section.
(e) 
A recreational vehicle of a resident may be stored or parked on a lot or parcel or property in a residential zone, without regard to Subsections B(2)(a), (b) and (c), for the sole and express purposes of loading or unloading, but no longer than 48 hours. Thereafter such recreational vehicle must be parked or stored in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-15-1987 by Ord. No. 933]
(f) 
Visitors of a resident of the Borough may store or park a recreational vehicle on a lot or parcel of property in the residential zoning districts without regard to Subsections B(2)(a), (b) and (c) for no longer than 72 hours within a five-day period.
(g) 
Any boat or snowmobile trailer parked or stored in a rear yard and not in an enclosed garage shall be screened from view from all adjacent property owners. The height of such screening shall conform to § 416-29 dealing with fences and shall consist of either a trellis, latticework, decorative block, basket-weave fencing, open artistic block, shrubbery or other similar material approved by the Zoning Officer. However, when such screening exceeds five feet in height, it shall consist only of shrubbery.
(h) 
The area in which any trailer or boat is to be parked or stored shall not preempt any off-street parking spaces required to be provided by any provisions of any existing ordinances.
C. 
Permits.
(1) 
Prior to parking or storing any trailer or boat on any lot, except within an enclosed garage, provided that such garage may be fully closed when the trailer or boat is stored therein, the owner of the lot shall first apply to and obtain from the Zoning Officer a permit allowing such parking or storage.
(2) 
An application for such permit shall be made on forms to be supplied by the Zoning Officer and shall set forth the following information:
(a) 
The name and address of the owner of the lot on which such trailer or boat is to be parked and stored;
(b) 
The street address, block and lot of the property on which such trailer or boat is to be parked or stored;
(c) 
The height and type of screening to be used, or currently in place.
(3) 
Such application shall be accompanied by a plot plan, drawn to scale, showing the location where such trailer or boat is to be parked or stored, the relation of such location to structures located on the same lot and on abutting lots, the relation to the boundary lines of abutting lots and the relation of such location to the required side and rear yards. Such plot plan shall be reasonably accurate and legible so as to enable the Zoning Officer to determine if the application complies with the provisions of this chapter.
(4) 
An applicant for such a permit shall pay a fee as per the Fee Schedule of the Borough.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Borough Fee Schedule is on file in the office of the Borough Clerk.
(5) 
Nothing herein contained shall prohibit the Zoning Officer from either issuing a temporary permit, without a fee, or allowing the temporary parking or storage of trailers or boats in any lot for a period not exceeding 14 days, provided that the Zoning Officer makes the following findings:
(a) 
Such parking or storage shall not adversely affect the aesthetic appearance of abutting lots;
(b) 
Such parking or storage shall not unreasonably interfere with the access to light or air of structures on abutting lots.
(6) 
All applicants shall obtain permits as per this chapter hereof. The applicant will then be given three months to conform to all storage requirements.
D. 
Prohibited uses.
(1) 
No stored or parked recreational vehicle, as defined herein, shall be occupied or used for human habitation, and shall not be stored or used as, or converted into, an accessory building or structure.
(2) 
Neither a recreational vehicle as defined herein nor an unmounted boat or snowmobile which is in a state of external visible disrepair or partial construction shall be stored or parked in any side or front yard in a residential zoning district. Nor shall any such recreational vehicle be parked on any street in the Borough of River Edge between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Such recreational vehicle or unmounted boat or snowmobile may, however, be stored or parked in the rear of such lot or parcel of property in a residential zoning district, as per Subsections B(2)(a) through (h) hereof.
(3) 
No person shall garage, store or park or permit the garaging, storing or parking of any commercial vehicle or truck upon any properties or premises, private roads or public streets within the boundaries of any residential zoning district; provided that not more than one commercial vehicle up to three-fourths-ton truck per premises may be garaged within any residential zoning district, if the commercial vehicle or truck is stored within an enclosed garage.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
E. 
Enforcement.
(1) 
All applicants shall obtain a permit as per § 416-42C herein. The applicant will then be given three months to conform to all storage requirements.
(2) 
The purpose of this § 416-42 is to provide equitable regulation for the storage, use and control of recreational vehicles and to define the same, and for the protection of life, health and property.