Township of Washington, NJ
Warren County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 9-11-1985 by Ord. No. 85-11; amended in its entirety 9-14-1988 by Ord. No. 88-13. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Development regulations — See Ch. 64.
Zoning — See Ch. 123.
A. 
Establishment and membership.
(1) 
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107 et seq., there shall be established an Historic Preservation Commission which shall consist of seven regular members, to be appointed from three classes, as provided by N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107(b) for the following terms:
(a) 
Class A: a person who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside the municipality.
(b) 
Class B: two persons who are knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside the municipality.
(c) 
Those regular members who are not designated as Class A or B shall be designated as Class C. Class C members shall be citizens of the municipality who shall hold no other municipal office, position or employment except for membership on the Land Use Board.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
(2) 
The Mayor shall appoint all members of the Commission and shall designate at the time of appointment the regular members by class. The terms of the members first appointed shall be so determined that to the greatest practicable extent, the expiration of the terms shall be distributed, in the case of regular members, evenly over the first four years after their appointment, provided that the initial term of no regular member shall exceed four years. Thereafter, the term of a regular member shall be four years. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, the term of any member common to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Land Use Board shall be for the term of membership on the Land Use Board.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
(3) 
The Historic Preservation Commission shall elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from its members and select a Secretary who may or may not be a member of the Historic Preservation Commission or a municipal employee.
(4) 
No member of the Historic Preservation Commission shall be permitted to act on any matter in which he or she has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.
(5) 
A member of the Historic Preservation Commission may, after public hearing if the member requests it, be removed by the governing body for cause.
B. 
Expenses and costs.
(1) 
The governing body shall make provision in its budget and appropriate funds for the expenses of the Historic Preservation Commission.
(2) 
The Historic Preservation Commission may employ, contract for and fix the compensation of experts and other staff and services as it shall deem necessary. The Commission shall obtain its legal counsel from the Municipal Attorney at the rate of compensation determined by the governing body. Expenditures pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed, exclusive of gifts or grants, the amount appropriated by the governing body for the Commission's use.
C. 
Responsibilities. The Historic Preservation Commission shall have the responsibility to:
(1) 
Prepare a survey of historic sites of the municipality pursuant to criteria identified in the survey report.
(2) 
Make recommendations to the Land Use Board on the historic preservation plan element of the Master Plan and on the implications for preservation of historic sites of any other Master Plan elements.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
(3) 
Advise the Land Use Board on the inclusion of historic sites in the recommended capital improvement program.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
(4) 
Advise the Land Use Board on applications for development pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-111.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
(5) 
Provide written reports, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-111, on the application of the Zoning Ordinance[1] provisions concerning historic preservation.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 123, Zoning.
(6) 
Carry out such other advisory, educational and informational functions as will promote historic preservation in the municipality.
D. 
Referrals by Land Use Board. The Land Use Board shall make available to the Historic Preservation Commission an informational copy of every application submitted to the Board for development in historic zoning districts or on historic sites designated on the Zoning or Official Map or in any component element of the Master Plan. Failure to make the informational copy available shall not invalidate any hearing or proceeding. The Historic Preservation Committee may provide its advice, which shall be conveyed through its delegation of one of its members or staff to testify orally at the hearing on the application and to explain any written report which may have been submitted.
[Amended 3-20-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2]
A. 
No Commissioner shall be compensated for his services as a member of the Commission.
B. 
All provisions of §§ 10-3 and 10-6 of the Township Code of the Township of Washington shall be applicable to the work of the Commission.
C. 
The Commission may, subject to the approval of the Committee, acquire real and personal property in the name of the township, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, device, lease or otherwise, for any of its purposes, and shall administer the same, subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such acquisitions may be in fee or lesser title interest as may from time to time be determined.