City of Woodbury, NJ
Gloucester County
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PA Planned Apartment Districts are designed primarily to make special provisions for low-density, low-lot-coverage apartment development appropriate within a predominantly single-family residential environment. Planned Apartment Districts may be authorized only in accordance with the special provisions of this article. Apartment projects shall be owned and operated under single ownership of the entire project or as condominiums when in accordance with the Condominium Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 46:8B-1 et seq. Whenever a project is proposed under condominium ownership, a copy of the master deed for such project shall be submitted with the application.
[Added 6-27-1989 by Ord. No. 1592-89]
The regulations of this article and of § 170-6 of the Code of the City of Woodbury shall apply in all PA Planned Apartment Districts.
In PA Planned Apartment Districts, the following uses and no other shall be permitted, subject to the indicated area, height and special regulations:
A. 
Apartment house or a group of apartment houses on a lot designed as a single architectural unit, when authorized as a conditional use by the Planning Board and when in compliance with the use, area, height and special regulations of this article, following review and approval of a specific plan of such use in accordance with the provisions of this article.
[Amended 12-26-1978 by Ord. No. 1337-78]
B. 
Single-family detached dwelling subject to the use, area and height regulations of the most restricted residence district adjoining PA Planned Apartment District in which the single-family detached dwelling is proposed.
C. 
Community residence for the developmentally disabled, as defined by N.J.S.A. 40:55D-66.2a, and which is licensed by the State of New Jersey for up to 15 persons; community shelters for victims of domestic violence and community residences for persons with head injuries as defined, approved and certified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-66.2b and for up to six persons, excluding resident staff.
[Added 12-2-1997 by Ord. No. 1837-97[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of original Subsection C as Subsection E.
D. 
The following uses, when authorized as a conditional use by the Planning Board in accordance with the standards of § 202-81 hereof and upon a finding that adequate lot area, yards and parking space are provided and that the buildings and uses are appropriately located and will meet a community need without adversely affecting the neighborhood in which located:
(1) 
Community shelter for victims of domestic violence and community residences for persons with head injuries which house more than six such persons but not more than 15 persons, excluding resident staff; provided, however, that no such residence or shelter shall be located within 1,500 feet of an existing such residence or shelter or would result in the total number of such persons residing within the City of Woodbury to exceed either 50 persons or 0.5% of the population of the City of Woodbury as of the last census by the Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Commerce, whichever is the greater; and subject to the site plan review requirements of § 170-6A of the Woodbury City Code.
E. 
Accessory uses as authorized by § 202-10A(10).
A. 
Land area requirements. The minimum land area requirements for each apartment building within PA Planned Apartment Districts and within C-1 or C-2 Commercial Districts shall be as follows, and all such area shall be within the City of Woodbury:
Land Area
(square feet per family)
District
Building
Height
(stories)
Total
Area
Maximum
Area
Covered by
Buildings
Minimum
Outdoor
Living
Area
Minimum
Service
Walks and
Setacks
Minimum
Off-street
Parking
Area
PA Planned
1 to 3
2,500
900
Combined total of 1,300
300
Apartment
4 to 6
1,380
500
Combined total of 580
300
C-1 and C-2
1 to 3
1,500
800
Combined total of 400
300
Commercial
4 to 6
1,000
500
Combined total of 200
300
B. 
Yard requirements and height limits.
(1) 
Schedule of yards and building height.
[Amended 6-27-1989 by Ord. No. 1592-89]
District
Front Yard
Minimum
(feet)
Two Side
Yards, Each
At Least
(feet)
Rear Yard
Minimum
(feet)
Maximum
Height
(stories)
PA Planned Apartment
40
20
25
61
C-1 or C-2 Commercial
25
20
20
61
NOTES:
1Or a maximum of 66 feet.
(2) 
Setbacks for accessory buildings. An accessory building of not more than one story may be built as close as 20 feet to any side or rear property line with a suitable buffer of evergreen trees not less than five feet in height when planted.
(3) 
Setbacks for apartment buildings. Apartment buildings shall have not more than two building units in a straight, unbroken line. Each building group shall be designed with setbacks or breaks of not less than six feet to all exterior walls for every two-building unit.
(4) 
Proximity of windows to walls of buildings on the same lot or to lot lines.
(a) 
Wall containing living room window. Where a wall contains 25% or more of the required window area of one or more living rooms, the minimum depth of the yard between it and the next building shall be not less than 10 feet plus two feet for each story in height plus one foot for each 15 feet in length.
(b) 
Wall containing window but not required living room window. Where a wall is a window wall but without any required living room window, the minimum depth of the yard between it and the next building shall be not less than five feet, plus one foot for each story in height, plus one foot for each 15 feet in length.
(c) 
Minimum requirement. Notwithstanding Subsection B(4)(a) and (b) above, the minimum distance between any two buildings shall be not less than 20 feet.
C. 
Minimum habitable floor area. The minimum habitable floor area shall be governed by the following schedule for each dwelling unit:
(1) 
Efficiency or studio apartment: 535 square feet.
(2) 
One-bedroom apartment: 700 square feet.
(3) 
Two-bedroom apartment: 875 square feet.
(4) 
For each additional bedroom: 215 square feet.
D. 
Parking area.
(1) 
The space provided for off-street parking shall be located to the rear or side of apartment buildings and shall in no event be located in the area provided for the required front yard. Underground parking shall be permitted and the area utilized as such shall not be considered a part of the building area required, provided that the height of the building is not increased by more than 10 feet.
(2) 
No off-street parking area shall be located closer than 20 feet to any property line, except in C-1 and C-2 Commercial Districts.
(3) 
All open-air off-street parking shall be paved with bituminous or portland cement concrete so as to provide a reasonably smooth and safe driving surface, properly drained, with suitable concrete curb protection. Street construction shall be in accordance with the current standards of the City.
(4) 
All open-air off-street parking shall be screened with evergreen shrubbery or trees, not less than five feet in height when planted, along all streets and adjacent property lines.
(5) 
The off-street parking area shall have sufficient lighting facilities for dark hours, which shall be adjusted so that no glare or beam is directed towards any adjoining property, public street or dwelling windows.
E. 
Recreation areas. Adequate recreational facilities shall be provided.
(1) 
Such facilities shall include a residential swimming pool containing 25 square feet of pool surface for each dwelling unit and one regulation tennis court for every 100 dwelling units or any fraction thereof. For apartment buildings where a swimming pool and tennis courts are not feasible, the Planning Board may permit other recreational facilities to be constructed in lieu of and as alternative equivalents to the aforesaid pool and tennis facilities, provided that they are equal to or greater in value than such pool and tennis facilities, on a proportionate basis.
(2) 
There shall be provided in connection with and on the same plot as any apartment building an enclosed play space, protected against traffic in parking spaces and driveways and to and from garages, for the children residing in such buildings. Such play space shall contain an area of no less than 18 square feet for each bedroom in the apartment building so served.
F. 
Landscaping and lighting.
(1) 
Each apartment building and any remaining open lot area shall be appropriately landscaped by a professional landscaper. Evergreen trees used as buffers for parking or setback requirements shall not be less than five feet in height when planted.
(2) 
Exterior lighting shall be so arranged as to protect highways and adjoining properties from direct glare or hazardous interference of any kind.
G. 
Ingress and egress to existing streets.
(1) 
The site shall be designed as a self-contained unit with separate ingress and egress to existing streets. Access requirements shall be subject to the review and approval of the Planning Board and the City Council of the City of Woodbury.
(2) 
Paved widths for internal streets providing ingress and egress for apartment buildings shall be not less than 30 feet measured from curbline to curbline; however, driveways not exceeding 300 feet in length may be 10 feet or more in width if one-way and 20 feet or more in width if two-way. One driveway shall not service more than four buildings.
(3) 
Parking on internal streets shall not be permitted.
A. 
Prior to the authorization of any apartment building, a certification by the Water and Sewer Committee of City Council as to the adequacy of existing municipal sewer and water facilities to serve the proposed use shall be required.
B. 
Within the apartment project, provision shall be made by the developer of the project for the installation of public water, sewerage and drainage facilities in accordance with the requirements of the appropriate government authorities. All installation of such improvements shall be made at the sole cost of the developer.
C. 
Each apartment building shall contain a single master television antenna (preferably concealed).
D. 
All telephone and electric transmission service lines connecting individual buildings on the site with the street transmission lines shall be installed in underground conduit.
E. 
Adequate laundry facilities consisting of automatic washing and clothes-drying machines in a laundry room for each apartment building shall be provided, or a washer and dryer shall be installed in each dwelling unit.
F. 
Adequate provision for the disposal or incineration of refuse shall be made within each apartment building, or such refuse shall be conveyed to a central point or points to facilitate collection. Disposal arrangements shall be the responsibility of the apartment owner. Any incineration equipment which is installed shall meet state air sanitation control standards.
G. 
A minimum of 300 cubic feet of fire-resistant separate storage space shall be provided for each dwelling unit. This storage space should be convenient to outside ground level and appropriate for storage of bicycles, trunks and items of dead storage.
H. 
At least one superintendent shall be employed by the owner, and such superintendent shall reside on the premises.
I. 
There shall be at least one elevator in apartment buildings where elevators are required that has a minimum car size of five by seven feet and a minimum capacity of 2,500 pounds.
A. 
All streets both external and internal (including street grading and paving), driveways, parking area, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streetlighting, shade trees, water mains and water systems, culverts, storm sewers, sanitary or other means of sewage disposal, sewage disposal plants, pumping stations, drainage structures and such other home improvements as may be found necessary in the public interest shall be installed by the developer.
B. 
The conditional use authorization referred to in this article shall not be issued unless performance and maintenance bonds for all bondable improvements are posted in accordance with § 170-4M.
[Amended 12-26-1978 by Ord. No. 1337-78; 2-27-2018 by Ord. No. 2277-18]
C. 
A minimum of 1/2 of the apartments above the first-floor level shall have balconies with a minimum floor dimension of exactly six feet by ten feet.
D. 
All apartment buildings having three or more stories shall have an adequate elevator service.
E. 
All apartment buildings shall have a foyer or entrance hall.
F. 
Unless otherwise approved by the Planning Board, each apartment building shall have central heating and cooling facilities.
G. 
Each dwelling unit shall include individual heating and cooling control units.
H. 
It shall be the owner's responsibility to keep foyers, hallways and grounds in a clean and orderly condition, including snow removal from internal streets and driveways.
[Amended 12-26-1978 by Ord. No. 1337-78]
Application for permits to construct apartment buildings shall be made to the City of Woodbury and shall be accompanied by copies of the proposed site plan, typical elevation of the buildings, landscaping plan and map showing proposed utility lines for water, sewer, storm drains and all underground utilities, in the manner hereinafter provided.
A. 
Prior to the approval of any application for a permit for an apartment building or buildings, the Planning Board shall refer a copy of such application and site plans to the City Council for its information.
B. 
Site plan review by Planning Board. Before submitting a formal application for an apartment building, the applicant may submit a sketch plan to the Planning Board for informal review and discussion. The application on which formal action is required, however, shall be accompanied by a site plan in compliance with § 170-6, Site plan review, of the City Code, together with such additional plans or information as may be necessary for the Planning Board to determine compliance with the requirements of this district.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
Fees for review of plans and inspection of improvements, including establishment of an escrow account, shall be paid by the applicant in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 170, Subdivision of Land, § 170-4L.