Township of Liberty, NJ
Warren County
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Editor's Note: Former Art. XVIII, Administration, was renumbered as Art. XX 6-3-1991 by Ord. No. 8-91.
The permitted primary uses include:
A. 
Professional and business offices, including rental office buildings.
B. 
Scientific research laboratories and other experimental testing or research establishments, including applied engineering research such as product development.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection c, which listed a wholesale business establishment as a permitted use, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-7-1981.
C. 
Assembly, manufacturing and processing of electric, electronic, scientific, photographic, excluding film, and optical instruments and goods; jewelry, clocks and watches; housewares and small hardware; light machinery; ceramic products, excluding structural building materials; and other products and goods of a similar nature.
D. 
Manufacturing of clothing and other textile products and textiles, excluding dying and finishing; professional instruments; musical instruments; silverware; toys; tools; hardware and light machinery, such as typewriters and office machines; and pharmaceuticals and drugs.
E. 
Manufacture and assembly of electronic and light electrical equipment and small electrical appliances and supplies.
F. 
Printing or publishing establishments.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection h, which listed certain warehouses and storage as permitted uses, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-7-1981.
G. 
Municipal or public utility uses, including utility lines, electric substations or similar uses.
H. 
Warehousing, e.g., the storage of materials in completely enclosed buildings.
[Added 6-3-1991 by Ord. No. 8-91]
I. 
Agriculture as permitted in the R-1 Zone in § 105-62A and B.
[Added 6-26-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-007]
The following accessory uses are permitted:
A. 
Signs in accordance with Article VI.
B. 
Private garages and storage buildings which are necessary to store vehicles, equipment or materials on the premises.
[Added 12-6-1993 by Ord. No. 18-93]
The following conditional uses may be authorized, subject to the provisions of Article VII:
A. 
Heliports and helistops, as private use facilities.
A. 
Required conditions.
(1) 
All industrial activities, processes or maintenance shall take place within an enclosed building. Incidental storage of materials and vehicles out of doors shall be shielded from any adjacent public streets or residential areas by fencing, landscaping or other appropriate measures as approved by the Township Planning Board.
[Amended 12-7-1981]
(2) 
Each use located in this zone shall provide truck loading and unloading space on the same lot and in other than the required front yard so as to permit the transfer of goods in other than a public street.
B. 
The following uses or activities are specifically prohibited in this zone:
(1) 
Auction markets.
(2) 
Automobile wrecking yards, junkyards or disassembly yards or the sorting or baling of scrap metal, paper, rags or other scrap material.
(3) 
Gas (illuminating or heating) storage, except for consumption on the premises.
(4) 
Incineration, reduction, storage or dumping of slaughterhouse refuse, rancid fats, garbage, trash, junk, dead animals or offal, except by the municipality or its agents.
(5) 
Outdoor sales of new or used motor vehicles or trailer coaches.
(6) 
Petroleum or its derivatives, except when stored in underground tanks and not in excess of 40,000 gallons of fuel oil or 20,000 gallons of gasoline.
(7) 
Residential dwelling units.
(8) 
Blast furnaces, forges, sand and gravel pits and other extractive industries.
(9) 
Finishing and dying of textile products.
(10) 
Chemical processing industries.
(11) 
Trucking terminals, warehouses and distribution facilities.
[Added 12-7-1981]
A. 
Height. The height of the principal structure shall not exceed 35 feet.
[Amended 12-7-1981]
B. 
Front yard. There shall be a front yard of not less than 95 feet, measured from the center line of the street. For each foot of height in excess of 20 feet, the front yard setback will be increased by five feet from the ninety-five-foot minimum.
[Amended 12-7-1981]
C. 
Side yard. There shall be two side yards, and no side yard shall be less than 50 feet. Off-street parking, as regulated in Article V, is permitted in the side yard, provided that no parking area is located closer than 10 feet to any building or property line nor 25 feet to any street right-of-way or residential zone.
D. 
Rear yard. There shall be a rear yard of not less than 50 feet. Off-street parking, as regulated in Article V, is permitted in the rear yard, provided that no parking area is located closer than 10 feet to any building or property line and 25 feet to any street right-of-way or residential zone.
E. 
Minimum lot area. There shall be a minimum lot area of five acres [216,800 square feet], measured within 750 feet of the front street property line.
F. 
Maximum building coverage. The total floor area of all buildings shall not exceed 40% of the total lot area.
A building permit or certificate of occupancy shall be issued only when the intended use will not exceed the following limitations or violate the following requirements. All standards, including but not limited to radiation, smoke emission, solid particle emission or stream or noxious gas emission, shall be in accordance with regulations by the Air Pollution Code of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, and shall meet the maximum standards as set forth therein.
A. 
Fire and explosion hazards. All activities shall be carried on only in fireproof structures which conform to the standards of the National Board of Fire Underwriters or the Township Building Code[1] or Fire Prevention Code, whichever is the more restrictive. All operations shall be carried on and explosive raw materials, fuels, liquids and finished products shall be stored in accordance with the standards of said Board of Fire Underwriters.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 44, Construction Codes, Uniform.
B. 
Radioactivity. Any industry which emits radioactivity is prohibited.
C. 
Odors. There shall be emission of odorous gases or other odorous matter in such quantity as to be readily detectable without instruments. Table III, Odor Thresholds, in Chapter 5 of the Air Pollution Abatement Manual, copyright 1951, by the Manufacturing Chemists Association, Inc., Washington, D.C., or the latest approved revision thereof, shall be utilized as a guide in determining such quantities of offensive odors.
D. 
Smoke. There shall be no emission of visible gray smoke of a shade darker than No. 1 on the Ringelmann Smoke Chart, as published by the United States Bureau of Mines (Power's Micro-Ringelmann Chart, McGraw Hill Publishing Company, copyright 1954, may be used), except that visible gray smoke of a shade not darker than No. 2 on said chart shall be emitted for not more than five minutes in any one-hour period. These provisions, applicable to visible gray smoke, shall also apply to visible smoke of a different color but with an equivalent apparent opacity.
E. 
Dust. Solid or liquid particles shall not be emitted in concentrations exceeding 0.2 grain per cubic foot of the conveying gas or air. For measurement of the amount of particles in gases resulting from combustion, standard corrections shall be applied to a stack temperature of 500° F.) and fifty-percent excess air.
F. 
Gases and other forms of air pollution. No emission of fly ash, dust, fumes, vapors, gases or other forms of air pollution shall be permitted which can cause any damage to the health of persons, animals or vegetation or other forms of property or which can cause any excessive soiling.
G. 
Vibration. There shall be no vibration which is discernible to the human sense of feeling beyond the immediate site on which such use is conducted.
H. 
Sound pressure levels.
(1) 
At no point on the boundary of the property on which a use is conducted shall the sound pressure level of any individual operation or plant, other than background noises produced by sources not under control of this chapter, such as the operation of motor vehicles or other transportation facilities, exceed the decibel levels in the designated octave bands shown below:
Octave Band
(cycles per second)
Sound Pressure Level
(decibels)
0 to 75
72
75 to 150
67
150 to 300
59
300 to 600
52
600 to 1,200
46
1,200 to 2,400
40
2,400 to 4,800
34
Above 4,800
32
(2) 
Sound levels shall be measured with a sound level meter and associated octave band analyzer manufactured according to standards prescribed by the American National Standards Institute, Inc., New York, New York. Measurements shall be made using the flat network of the sound level meter. Impulsive-type noises shall be subject to the performance standards hereinbefore prescribed, provided that such noises shall be capable of being accurately measured with such equipment. Noise capable of being so measured, for the purpose of this chapter, shall be those noises which cause rapid fluctuation of the needle of the sound level meter with a variation of no more than plus or minus two decibels.
(3) 
Noises incapable of being measured as indicated above, such as those of an irregular and intermittent nature, shall be controlled so as not to become a nuisance.
I. 
Liquid or solid wastes.
(1) 
No industrial operation shall discharge industrial wastes of any kind into any reservoir, pond or lake or into the ground. The discharge of untreated industrial wastes into a stream is prohibited. All methods of sewage and industrial waste treatment and disposal shall be approved by the Township Board of Health and the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection. Effluent from a treatment plant shall, at all times, comply with the standards of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Delaware River Basin Commission and any other appropriate governmental agency with authority to regulate water quality or waste disposal.
(2) 
No effluent shall contain any other acids, oils, dust, toxic metals or corrosive or other toxic substances in solution or suspension which would create odors, discolor, poison or otherwise pollute the stream in any way. In addition, no industrial use shall discharge into any public sanitary sewer system quantities of water beyond the capacity of said sewer system. The amount of effluent permitted shall be determined by the Township Engineer.
J. 
Glare. There shall be no direct or sky-reflected glare exceeding 0.5 footcandle measurable beyond the property line of the lot occupied by such use. This regulation shall not apply to lights used at the entrance or exit of service drives.