Township of Florence, NJ
Burlington County
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Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1999-5, adopted 5-5-1999, deleted the words "With Cluster and Bonus Density Provision" from this article title.
The purpose of this district is to provide moderate growth area for single-family residential dwellings and accessory uses incidental thereto with provisions for clustering and the use of bonus densities.
The following uses are permitted in the R District:
A. 
Single-family residential detached dwellings.
B. 
Golf courses.
C. 
Municipal buildings.
D. 
Public parks and playgrounds.
E. 
Elementary, intermediate and secondary schools.
F. 
Firehouses and churches.
Permitted accessory uses in the R District shall be as follows:
A. 
Private residential swimming pools. A wall of a swimming pool shall not be located less than six feet from any rear or side property line or 10 feet from any alley or easement line. Swimming pools shall not be located within any front yard setback. In addition to the application for a construction permit, an applicant seeking to construct an in-ground swimming pool must also include grading plans which illustrate the proposed location of the pool as well as any appurtenances, and existing and proposed grades, and which demonstrate the proposed flow of surface drainage. The grading plan shall be signed and sealed by a licensed New Jersey professional engineer and shall be reviewed and approved by the Township Engineer to ensure that surface water flow is not impacted and that adjoining properties will not be subject to runoff beyond that which is existing prior to the installation of the in-ground pool. Before the Construction Department issues a certificate of approval, the applicant’s engineer must submit an as-built certification letter documenting that the in-ground pool has been installed in substantial conformity to the grading plan previously approved by the Township Engineer. Should the applicant seek to make any modification to the Township-approved grading plans, the applicant must submit the amended plans for additional review and approval by the Township Engineer. The cost of professional services rendered by the Township Engineer in connection with the application(s) shall be in accordance with Chapter 2, § 2-3, (entitled “Inspection fees”), of the Code of the Township of Florence.
[Amended 3-6-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-03]
B. 
Private garages and carports to a maximum height of 20 feet. Private garages and carports shall not be located less than five feet from rear or side property lines or 10 feet from any alleyway or easement line. Private garages and carports shall not be located within any front yard setback.
C. 
Garden sheds up to 100 square feet if not on a permanent footing shall not be located less than two feet from rear or side property lines and not less than two feet from any alleyway or easement line and not less than two feet from any fence. A zoning permit shall be required for any shed.
[Amended 8-15-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-15]
D. 
Accessory buildings customarily incidental to residential use less than 250 square feet in area for use with the main building. Accessory buildings shall not be less than five feet from any rear or side property lines, 10 feet from any alleyway or easement line and all accessory buildings to residential use shall not exceed 20 feet in height.
E. 
Clubhouse with golf courses.
F. 
Dish antennas in rear yard only. Dish antennas shall not be less than five feet from any rear or side property lines, 10 feet from any alleyway or easement line. Dish antennas shall not be roof mounted.
G. 
Flagpoles. Flagpoles shall be set back from all property lines one foot for each one foot in height to a maximum of 50 feet in height.
Conditional uses in the R District shall be as follows:
A. 
Utility structures and facilities needed to provide direct service of gas, electricity, telephone, water and sewerage, but not offices, garages, warehouses, maintenance areas or similar commercially or industrially related operations of such companies.
B. 
Quasi-public building and recreation areas.
C. 
Home occupations which meet the standards of this chapter.
D. 
Hospitals, philanthropic and charitable uses.
E. 
Senior housing, not to exceed a maximum aggregate number of 500 units of such housing to be approved for development within Florence Township under this chapter.
[Added 9-19-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-22]
Area and bulk regulations shall be as follows:
A. 
Single-family residential detached dwellings, with public sewer and water, noncluster.
(1) 
Maximum density: two units per acre.
(2) 
Bulk regulations.
(a) 
Lot size: 20,000 square feet minimum.
(b) 
Lot width: 125 feet minimum.
(c) 
Lot depth: 160 feet minimum.
(d) 
Lot coverage: 20% maximum. The principal building, driveway and any expansion, enlargement or addition thereto shall not exceed the maximum without a variance. For residential lots, an additional lot coverage of 5% shall be allowed only for decks, patios, sheds and/or swimming pools.
[Amended 3-1-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-1]
(e) 
Front yard: 50 feet minimum.
(f) 
Rear yard: 50 feet minimum.
(g) 
Side yard: 20 feet each minimum.
(h) 
Height: 35 feet maximum.
(i) 
Minimum constraint-free circle (CFC): sixty-foor diameter.
[Added 8-4-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-27]
(3) 
Recreation and open space requirements. A minimum of 25% of the entire tract shall be set aside for open space in accordance with Article XX.
B. 
Single-family residential detached dwellings with on-site septic and well, noncluster.
(1) 
Maximum density: one unit per acre.
(2) 
Area and bulk requirements.
(a) 
Lot size: one acre, minimum.
(b) 
Lot width: 150 feet minimum.
(c) 
Lot depth: 175 feet minimum.
(d) 
Lot coverage: 20% maximum. The principal building, driveway and any expansion, enlargement or addition thereto shall not exceed the maximum without a variance. For residential lots. an additional lot coverage of 5% shall be allowed only for decks, patios, sheds and/or swimming pools.
[Added 3-1-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-1]
(e) 
Front yard: 50 feet minimum.
(f) 
Side yards: 30 feet minimum, each side.
(g) 
Rear yard: 80 feet minimum.
(h) 
Height: 35 feet maximum.
(i) 
Minimum constraint-free circle (CFC): forty-five-foot diameter.
[Added 8-4-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-27]
(3) 
Recreation and open space requirements. A minimum of 25% percent of the tract shall be set aside for open space in accordance with Article XX. [1]
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Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(4), Required Building Envelope, added 2-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1995, and Subsection C, Single-family residential detached dwellings, with public sewer and water, cluster, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 8-4-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-27.
C. 
Single-family residential detached dwellings, with public sewer and water and cluster developed and for which approval was issued prior to May 25, 1999, for development in accordance with the then applicable bonus density provisions in the chapter shall be subject to the following bulk regulations:
[Added 4-18-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-7]
(1) 
Bulk regulations.
(a) 
Lot size: 10,000 square feet minimum.
(b) 
Lot width: 70 feet minimum.
(c) 
Lot depth: 100 feet minimum.
(d) 
Lot coverage: 30% maximum.
(e) 
Front yard: 30 feet minimum.
(f) 
Rear yard: 30 feet minimum.
(g) 
Side yard: 10 feet each minimum.
(h) 
Height: 35 feet maximum.
[Added 8-3-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-09]
A. 
Purpose and intent. The intent of this section is to permit small portable temporary pools that are not permanent in nature and can be installed, used and removed within a period of a few months over the summer months without any negative impact to the Municipal Code or property owners.
B. 
Permitted in residential zones. Portable temporary pools shall be permitted as accessory uses to single-family residential dwellings in the residential zones, and in the AGR agricultural zone, subject to the specific conditions set forth herein. Temporary portable pools shall be permitted as accessory uses to residential properties in other zones.
(1) 
A building permit and zoning permit are required for any new pool that is 24 inches or more in depth. No permit shall be required under the Uniform Construction Code for any pool that is less than 24 inches in depth.
(2) 
A homeowner who desires to install a temporary portable pool must obtain an initial permit from the Construction Code Office and Zoning Office. Once the initial permit is issued by the Township for the period beginning not before May 1 and ending not later than September 30, then the property owner may apply for an annual certificate of compliance from the Zoning Office each year prior to reinstallation of the temporary portable pool. The fee for each certificate of compliance will be $20.
(3) 
In order to obtain a certificate of compliance each year it is necessary that the pool is placed in the same location; that it remains temporary in nature; and that the same safety barriers required under the Uniform Construction Code remain in place.
(4) 
A temporary portable pool or inflatable pool must be installed in a residential zone on a property that has a primary residence. If a residential property is located in a commercial zoning district, then there still must be a primary residence on the same lot as the temporary portable pool.
(5) 
Impervious surface standards shall not apply for temporary portable pools (including inflatable pools) that are less than four feet in depth and meet the definition contained herein.
(6) 
A temporary portable pool cannot be installed prior to May 1 and must be removed no later than September 30 of each year. All permits for temporary portable pools (including inflatable pools) shall contain this requirement. Failure to adhere to this regulation will result in enforcement action as a violation of the Code.
(7) 
A temporary portable pool cannot be located closer than two feet to any side or rear property line.
(8) 
Temporary portable pools are not permitted in any front yard setback.
(9) 
In order to provide for the safety of children and residents, no municipal permits will be issued for an inflatable pool unless the property has a proper barrier in place in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code. Barrier requirements address fencing, pool steps, locking gates, etc. A copy of the basic barrier requirements for all pools, including temporary inflatable pools, is available from the Construction Code Office.
(10) 
The municipal permit process does not exempt a property owner from receiving approval from their own homeowners' association (HOA) prior to applying for municipal permits, nor does it override the conditions in any homeowners' association bylaws.
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Editor's Note: §§ 91-181, Recreational facilities, and 91-182, Density bonus program, added 8-5-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-28, as amended 2-3-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-3, were repealed 5-5-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-5.
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Editor's Note: §§ 91-181, Recreational facilities, and 91-182, Density bonus program, added 8-5-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-28, as amended 2-3-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-3, were repealed 5-5-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-5.