[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerville 11-4-91 as Ord. No. 1111. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this Article is to establish restricted parking spaces for handicapped persons in all parking facilities under the jurisdiction of the Borough of Somerville and on private property that is open to the public or to which the public is invited.
This Article is enacted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46 which confers upon the Borough of Somerville the right to regulate parking in all places within its jurisdiction which are open to the public or to which the public is invited in order to preserve and safeguard the public health, safety, morals and welfare.
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HANDICAPPED PERSON
- Anyone who qualifies as a "handicapped person" as defined under the N.J.S.A. 39:4-204 and who possesses a handicapped person identification card issued by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.
- PUBLIC BUILDING
- Any building, structure, facility or complex used by the general public or to which the general public is invited, including but not limited to theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, museums, schools, libraries, recreation facilities, public transportation, terminals and stations, factories, office buildings, businesses, shopping centers, hotels or motels and public eating places, whether privately or publicly owned, except that this term shall not include private family residences, warehouse storage areas and all buildings conducting hazardous occupancies that involve highly combustible, highly flammable or explosive material.
The owners of all public buildings which provide parking spaces adjacent to or used in conjunction with the public building shall within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of this Article, provide parking spaces for handicapped persons in accordance with the guidelines herein set forth and in a location and manner as determined by the Code Enforcement Officer. Any parking facility with less than twenty (20) existing spaces shall be exempt from the provisions of this Article.
The Borough of Somerville shall have the authority to provide parking spaces for handicapped persons in all parking lots or areas maintained by it pursuant to the applicable standard set forth herein.
Parking spaces for the physically handicapped shall be constructed according to the following guidelines:
A minimum of one (1%) percent of the total number of parking spaces in the parking facility shall be used for handicapped parking, but there shall not be less than two (2) parking spaces in each such facility.
The location of spaces for the physically handicapped shall be in an area of the parking facility which is most accessible and proximate to the building or buildings which the building serves. The determination of said location shall be made by the Code Enforcement Officer. In shopping centers and other multistore facilities, the spaces for the handicapped shall be as near to the flagship store as possible and/or at such other locations as designated by the Code Enforcement Officer.
Each space or group of spaces shall be identified with a clearly visible sign which shall conform to the specifications of the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for streets and highways. Each space shall be twelve (12) feet wide to allow room for persons in wheelchairs or on braces or crutches to get in and out of each side of an automobile on to a level, paved surface suitable for wheeling and walking.
Where possible such spaces shall be located so that persons in wheelchairs or using braces or crutches are not compelled to wheel or walk behind parked cars.
Where applicable the curb ramp shall be provided to permit handicapped people access from the parking area to the sidewalk.