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Township of Woodbridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: For water pollution control regulations, see Chapter 23, Environmental Regulations.
[1974 Code § 26-1; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 1]
This section shall be known as the "Waterfront Regulations."
[1974 Code § 26-2; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 2]
As used in this chapter:
DEBRIS
Shall mean any loose material not attached to the land or to any structure and which is capable of becoming drift.
DRIFT
Shall mean any floatable material which may cause damage to vessels or craft.
ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Shall mean the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee.
FINAL ORDER
Means either the order of the enforcement officer after the time to request a review thereof has lapsed or other order of the enforcement officer issued as a result of the review requested in subsection 19-1.7.
NAVIGABLE WATERS
Shall mean the waterways which are capable of carrying interstate commerce, and the tributaries thereto, within the geographical limits of the Township.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation or organization of any kind.
PREMISES
Shall mean the land, building, wharf, pier, dolphin, boom, weir, breakdown, bulkhead, jetty or other structure and shall include all or any as may be necessary.
TOWNSHIP
Shall mean the Township of Woodbridge.
WATERFRONT, SHORE or BANK
Shall mean that portion of the land which borders navigable waters and which lies shoreward of the established harbor lines or low-water mark within the corporate limits of the Township of Woodbridge.
[1974 Code § 26-3; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 3]
The general purpose of this section is the elimination of sources of drift and debris which constitute possible obstacles or hazards to existing navigation on the navigable waters of this Township by the removal and disposal of debris and deteriorated structures on the shores of such waters and liable to be washed into such waters.
[1974 Code § 26-4; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 4]
Whenever the enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that debris placed or deposited on the banks of any navigable water is liable to be washed into such navigable water by any cause whatsoever and thereby be or become a source of drift likely to hinder, impede or otherwise obstruct navigation; or the condition of any wharf, pier, dolphin, boom, weir, breakdown, bulkhead, jetty or other structure on or bordering on the shores of any navigable water is so dilapidated and deteriorated as to be or become a source of drift or debris liable to be washed into such navigable waters by any cause whatsoever and thereby likely to hinder, impede or otherwise obstruct navigation, the enforcement officer may declare the same to be a public nuisance and thereupon order that the same be removed, abated, altered or repaired as such order may specify.
[1974 Code § 26-5; Ord. #82-54 Art. I § 5]
The order of the enforcement officer issued pursuant to subsection 19-1.4 shall be in writing, directed to the occupant of the premises which are the subject of the complaint and shall specify whether the condition complained of shall be removed, abated, altered or repaired.
[1974 Code § 26-6; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 6]
The order of the enforcement officer issued pursuant to this section shall be served upon the occupant and the last known owner of record, if not such occupant, of the premises which are the subject of the complaint either by personally delivering a copy of the order to such occupant and last known owner of record or by registered mail addressed to such persons at their last known address.
[1974 Code § 26-7; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 7]
Within fifteen (15) days after service of the order of the enforcement officer issued pursuant to subsection 19-1.5, or under emergency, within such shorter time as the enforcement officer may prescribe, the person to whom such order is directed, or any person aggrieved thereby, may appeal to the enforcement officer to review the same. The enforcement officer, or his agent, after such review, at which all interested parties shall be afforded the opportunity to be heard, may affirm, modify or reverse the order of the enforcement officer as the facts may warrant. Unless the same is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be arbitrary, capricious or not supported by substantial evidence, the order of the enforcement officer, after review thereof, shall be final and conclusive.
[1974 Code § 26-8; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 8]
In the event that the persons to whom the order of the enforcement officer is directed shall fail or refuse to comply with the terms of such order within thirty (30) days after the order has become final, the enforcement officer shall, without further notice to any person, take or cause to be taken the necessary action to remove, abate or repair the nuisance as specified in the order of the enforcement officer. The costs and expenses incident thereto shall be a personal charge against the occupant and the last owner of record, if not such occupant, of the premises affected and all appurtenances thereto.
[1974 Code § 26-9; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 9]
No such person shall abandon any flat-bottomed boat, barge, scow, raft or other vessel upon any public land or waterway or to or upon any private property within the Township without the prior written permission of the enforcement officer who is hereby designated by the Municipal Council to perform this function.
[1974 Code § 26-10; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 10]
This section shall not apply to barges, ships or boats owned or operated by common carriers engaged in interstate or foreign commerce, nor shall it apply to pleasure craft used on a seasonal basis.
[1974 Code § 26-11; Ord. #82-54 Art. 1 § 11]
Any person who violates this section by abandoning any flat-bottomed boat, barge, scow or raft without permission shall be subject to the penalties prescribed by Chapter 264 of Public Laws of 1969, (N.J.S.A. 12:7C-1 et seq.) as amended and supplemented.
[Ord. #12-33 § 1]
Wetland mitigation construction plans in the southern portion of the former Nuodex Corporation Facility (to be renamed Woodbridge Waterfront Park) will create and restore a variety of wetland habitats, and provide a haven for a diversity of wildlife (Figure 1, Conservation Easement and Easement Plan) in a primary habitat area of Woodbridge Township. The purpose of this section is the protection of habitat for wildlife anticipated to utilize the site upon completion of the restoration project.
(The Conservation Easement and Easement Plan may be found on file in the Township offices.)
[Ord. #12-33 § 2]
a. 
Woodbridge Waterfront Park. Formerly known as Nuodex Corporation Facility and is approximately three (3) acres of tidal wetlands, forty-four (44) acres of emergent freshwater wetlands (marsh, pond, forest, and scrub-shrub habitat types), thirty-one (31) acres of upland habitat (maritime forest, maritime meadow, maritime shrub, salt shrubland, and existing forest habitat types), and described in the attached as Exhibit "A" hereto. (Exhibit A may be found on file in the Township offices.)
b. 
Protected Species:
1. Waterbirds:
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
Great Egret
Ardea alba
Blue-Winged Teal
Anas discors
Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos
2. Mammals:
Raccoon
Procyon lotor
White-Tailed Deer
Odocoileus virginianus
3. Reptiles/Amphibians:
Black Rat Snake
Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
Fowler's Toad
Bufo owleri
Four-Toed Salamander
Hemidactylium scutaturn
4. Migratory Birds:
Cedar Waxwing
Bombycilla cedrorum
American Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Dendroica coronata
5. Fish:
Bluegill Sunfish
Lepomis macrochirus
Mummichog
Fundulus heteroclitus
6. Threatened or Endangered:
Black-Crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax
Threatened
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
Special Concern
Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus
Endangered
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula
Special Concern
Osprey
Pandion Haliaetus
Threatened
Brown Thrasher
Toxostoma rufum
Special Concern
Corn Snake
Elaphe g. guttata
Endangered
Indiana Bat
Myotis sodalis
Endangered
c. 
Conservation Easements on Former Nuodex Corporation. The former conservation easements are described as Conservation Easements E and F and are available at the Middlesex County Clerk's Office and as protected by this section.
d. 
L205 Conservation and Public Access Easement Plan is attached hereto as Exhibit "B" as a drawing and describes conservation easement parcels on the former Nuodex Corporation Facility site. (Exhibit B may be found on file in the Township offices.)
The habitat ordinance includes parcels under Conservation Easements E and F. The public can view the official metes and bounds description of conservation easements at the Middlesex County Clerk's office.
[Ord. #12-33 § 3]
This section prohibits commercial development and destruction or harm to any protected species within the boundaries of the Woodbridge Waterfront Park habitat area.
[Ord. #12-33 § 4]
The section will support the development of the Woodbridge Waterfront Park by providing suitable foraging, roosting, and/or nesting areas for a variety of protected species (as defined above) in New Jersey.
[Ord. #12-33 § 5]
This section may be amended from time to time to provide additional protection of the habitat of the protected species, as defined above, so as to encourage the continued growth in numbers of the protected species by protecting them from harm whether by disease or from intentional human predators.
[Ord. #12-33 § 6]
The Woodbridge Township Police will respond to any complaints pursuant to this section and will issue a fine for any harm resulting to any of the protected species and may arrest any individual where there is evidence of intentional harm to any protected species or evidence of any commercial development on the protected habitat as defined above.
[Ord. #12-33 § 7]
A first violation of this section may result in a fine of no more than one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars and no more than two (2) days in prison or community service. A second violation will result in a fine of no less than one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars and no more than three (3) days in prison or community service.