Borough of Somerville, NJ
Somerset County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerville 3-20-06 as Ord. No. 2214. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Policy statement. Flood control and pollutant reduction through nonstructural or low impact development (LID) techniques shall be explored before relying on structural BMPs. Structural BMPs should be integrated with nonstructural stormwater management measures and proper maintenance plans. Nonstructural measures include both environmentally sensitive site design and source controls that prevent pollutants from being placed on the site. Source control plans should be developed based upon physical site conditions and the origin, nature, and the anticipated loading of potential pollutants. Multiple stormwater management BMPs may be necessary to achieve the established performance standards for water quality and quantity.
B. 
Purpose. It is the purpose of this chapter to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls for major development.
C. 
Applicability. This chapter shall be applicable to any site plan or subdivision that requires preliminary or final site plan or subdivision review:
(1) 
Nonresidential major developments; and
(2) 
Aspects of residential major developments that are not pre-empted by the Residential Site Improvement Standards at N.J.A.C. 5:21-1.1 et seq.
D. 
Compatibility with other permit and ordinance requirements. Development approvals issued pursuant to this chapter are to be considered an integral part of development approvals under the subdivision and site plan review process and do not relieve the applicant of the responsibility to secure required permits or approvals for activities regulated by any other applicable code, rule, act, or ordinance. In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare. This chapter is not intended to interfere with, abrogate, or annul any other ordinances, rule or regulation, statute, or other provision of law except that, where any provision of this chapter imposes restrictions different from those imposed by any other ordinance, rule or regulation, or other provision of law, the more restrictive provisions or higher standards shall control.
A. 
Design and performance standards for stormwater management measures.
(1) 
Stormwater management measures for major development shall be developed to meet the erosion control, stormwater runoff quantity, and stormwater runoff quality standards in this section. To the maximum extent feasible, these standards shall be met by incorporating nonstructural stormwater management strategies into the design. If these strategies alone are not sufficient to meet these standards, structural stormwater management measures necessary to meet these standards shall be incorporated into the design.
(2) 
The standards in this chapter apply only to new major development and are intended to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff on water quality and water quantity in receiving water bodies. The standards do not apply to new major development to the extent that alternative design and performance standards are applicable under a regional stormwater management plan or Water Quality Management Plan adopted in accordance with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rules.
(3) 
For site improvements regulated under the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS) at N.J.A.C. 5:21, the RSIS shall apply in addition to this section except to the extent the RSIS are superseded by this section or alternative standards applicable under a regional stormwater management plan or Water Quality Management Plan adopted in accordance with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rules.
A. 
The development shall incorporate a maintenance plan for the stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of a major development.
B. 
Stormwater management measures shall avoid adverse impacts of concentrated flow on habitat for threatened and endangered species.
C. 
The following linear development projects are exempt from the stormwater runoff quantity and stormwater runoff quality requirements at Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G.
(1) 
The construction of an underground utility line provided that the disturbed areas are revegetated upon completion;
(2) 
The construction of an aboveground utility line provided that the existing conditions are maintained to the maximum extent practicable; and
(3) 
The construction of a public pedestrian access, such as a sidewalk or trail with a maximum width of fourteen (14) feet, provided that the access is made of permeable material.
D. 
A waiver from strict compliance from the stormwater runoff quantity and stormwater runoff quality requirements at Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G may be obtained for the enlargement of an existing public roadway or railroad, or the construction or enlargement of a public pedestrian access, provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) 
That there is a public need for the project that cannot be accomplished by any other means;
(2) 
That through the use of nonstructural and structural stormwater management strategies and measures, the option selected complies with the requirements of Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G to the maximum extent practicable;
(3) 
That in order to meet the requirements at Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G, existing structures currently in use, such as homes and buildings would need to be condemned; and
(4) 
That the applicant does not own or have other rights to areas, including the potential to obtain through condemnation lands not falling under subsection D(3) above within the upstream drainage area of the receiving stream, that would provide additional opportunities to mitigate for requirements of Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G that were not achievable on-site.
E. 
Nonstructural stormwater management strategies.
(1) 
To the maximum extent practicable, the standards in 149A-3F and 149A-3G shall be met by incorporating nonstructural stormwater management strategies at Section 149A-3E into the design. The applicant shall identify the nonstructural measures incorporated into the design of the project. If the applicant contends that it is not feasible for engineering, environmental, or safety reasons to incorporate any nonstructural stormwater management measures identified in Section 149A-3E(2) below into the design of a particular project, the applicant shall identify the strategy considered and provide a basis for the contention.
(2) 
Nonstructural stormwater management measures incorporated into site design shall:
(a) 
Protect areas that provide water quality benefits or area as particularly susceptible to erosion and sediment loss;
(b) 
Minimize impervious surfaces and break up or disconnect the flow of runoff over impervious surfaces;
(c) 
Maximize the protection of natural drainage features and vegetation;
(d) 
Minimize the decrease in the "time of concentration" from preconstruction to post-construction. "Time of concentration" is defined as the time it takes for runoff to travel from the hydraulically most distant point of the watershed to the point of interest within a watershed;
(e) 
Minimize land disturbance including clearing and grading;
(f) 
Minimize soil compaction;
(g) 
Provide low-maintenance landscaping that encourages retention and planting of native vegetation and minimizes the use of lawns, fertilizers and pesticides;
(h) 
Provide vegetated open-channel conveyance systems discharging into and through stable vegetated areas;
(i) 
Provide other source controls to prevent or minimize the use or exposure of pollutants at the site in order to prevent or minimize the release of those pollutants into stormwater runoff. These source controls include, but are not limited to:
[1] 
Site design features that help to prevent accumulation of trash and debris in drainage systems;
[2] 
Site design features that help to prevent discharge of trash and debris from drainage systems;
[3] 
Site design features that help to prevent and/or contain spills or other harmful accumulations of pollutants at industrial or commercial developments; and
[4] 
When establishing vegetation after land disturbance, applying fertilizer in accordance with the requirements established under the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq., and implementing rules.
(3) 
Any land area used as a nonstructural stormwater management measure to meet the performance standards in Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G shall be dedicated to a government agency, subjected to a conservation restriction filed with the Somerset County Clerk's office, or subject to an approved equivalent restriction that ensures that measure or an equivalent stormwater management measure approved by the reviewing agency is maintained in perpetuity.
(4) 
Guidance for nonstructural stormwater management measures is available in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual.
F. 
Erosion control groundwater recharge and runoff quantity standards.
(1) 
This section contains minimum design and performance standards to control erosion and control stormwater runoff quantity impacts of major development.
(a) 
The minimum design and performance standards for erosion control are those established under the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq. and implementing rules.
(b) 
The minimum design and performance standards for groundwater recharge are not applicable to Somerville Borough since it is located entirely within an urban redevelopment area.
(c) 
In order to control stormwater runoff quantity impacts, the design engineer shall, using the assumptions and factors for stormwater runoff calculations at Section 149A-4, complete one (1) of the following:
[1] 
Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that for stormwater leaving the site, post-construction runoff hydrographs for the 2, 10, and 100 year storm events do not exceed, at any point in time, the preconstruction runoff hydrographs for the same storm events.
[2] 
Demonstrate through hydrologic and hydraulic analysis that there is no increase, as compared to the preconstruction condition, in the peak runoff rates of stormwater leaving the site for the 2, 10, and 100 year storm events and that the increased volume or change in timing of stormwater runoff will not increase flood damage at or downstream of the site. This analysis shall include the analysis of impacts of existing land uses and projected land uses assuming full development under existing zoning and land use ordinances in the drainage area;
[3] 
Design stormwater management measures so that the post-construction peak runoff rates for the 2, 10, and 100 year storm events are 50, 75, and 80 percent, respectively, of the preconstruction peak runoff rates. The percentages apply only to the post-construction stormwater runoff that is attributable to the portion of the site on which the proposed development or project is to be constructed.
(2) 
Any applications for a new agricultural development that meets the definition of major development at Section 149A-12 shall be submitted to the Somerset-Union Soil Conservation District for review and approval in accordance with the requirements of this section and any applicable Soil Conservation District guidelines for stormwater runoff quantity and erosion control.
G. 
Stormwater runoff quality standards.
(1) 
Stormwater management measures shall be designed to reduce the post-construction load of total suspended solids (TSS) in stormwater runoff by eighty percent (80%) of the anticipated load from the developed site, expressed as an annual average. Stormwater management measures shall only be required for water quality control if an additional one-quarter (1/4) acre of impervious surface is being proposed on a development site. The requirement to reduce TSS does not apply to any stormwater runoff in a discharge regulated under a numeric effluent limitation for TSS imposed under the New Jersey Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) rules, N.J.A.C. 7:14A, or in a discharge specifically exempt under a NJPDES permit from this requirement. The water quality design storm is one and one-quarter (1.25) inches of rainfall in two (2) hours. Water quality calculations shall take into account the distribution of rain from the water quality design storm, as reflected in Table 1. The calculation of the volume of runoff may take into account the implementation of nonstructural and structural stormwater management measures.
Table 1:
Water Quality Design Storm Distribution
Time
(minutes)
Cumulative Rainfall
(inches)
Time
(minutes)
Cumulative Rainfall
(inches)
0
0.0000
65
0.8917
5
0.0083
70
0.9917
10
0.0166
75
1.0500
15
0.0250
80
1.0840
20
0.0500
85
1.1170
25
0.0750
90
1.1500
30
0.1000
95
1.1750
35
0.1330
100
1.2000
40
0.1660
105
1.2250
45
0.2000
110
1.2334
50
0.2583
115
1.2417
55
0.3583
120
1.2500
60
0.6250
(2) 
For purposes of TSS reduction calculations, Table 2 below presents the presumed removal rates for certain BMPs designed in accordance with the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual. The BMP Manual may be obtained from the address identified in Section 149A-6, or found on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's website at www.njstormwater.org. The BMP Manual and other sources of technical guidance are listed in Section 149A-6. TSS reduction shall be calculated based on the removal rates for the BMPs in Table 2 below. Alternative removal rates and methods of calculating removal rates may be used if the design engineer provides documentation demonstrating the capability of these alternative rates and methods to the Borough and the Borough approves such.
(3) 
If more than one (1) BMP in series is necessary to achieve the required eighty percent (80%) TSS reduction for a site, the applicant shall utilize the following formula to calculate TSS reduction:
R = A + B -
(AxB)/100
Where
R = total TSS percent load removal from application of both BMPs, and
A = the TSS percent removal rate applicable to the first BMP
B = the TSS percent removal rate applicable to the second BMP
Table 2:
TSS Removal Rates for BMPs
Best Management Practice
TSS Percent Removal Rate
Bioretention Systems
90
Constructed Stormwater Wetland
90
Extended Detention Basin
40-60
Infiltration Structure
80
Manufactured Treatment Device
See Section 149A-5C
Sand Filter
80
Vegetative Filter Strip
60-80
Wet Pond
50-90
(4) 
If there is more than one (1) on-site drainage area, the eighty percent (80%) TSS removal rate shall apply to each drainage area, unless the runoff from the subareas converge on site in which case the removal rate can be demonstrated through a calculation using a weighted average.
(5) 
Stormwater management measures shall also be designed to reduce, to the maximum extent feasible, the post-construction nutrient load of the anticipated load from the developed site in stormwater runoff generated from the water quality design storm. In achieving reduction of nutrients to the maximum extent feasible, the design of the site shall include nonstructural strategies and structural measures that optimize nutrient removal while still achieving the performance standards in Sections 149A-3F and 149A-3G.
(6) 
Additional information and examples are contained in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, which may be obtained from the address identified in Section 149A-6.
(7) 
In accordance with the definition of FW1 at N.J.A.C. 7:9B-l.4, stormwater management measures shall be designed to prevent any increase in stormwater runoff to water classified as FW1.
(8) 
Special water resource protection areas shall be established along all water designated Category One at N.J.A.C. 7:9B and perennial or intermittent streams that drain into or upstream of the Category One waters as shown on the USGS Quadrangle Maps or in the County Soil Surveys, within the associated HUC14 drainage area. These areas shall be established for the protection of water quality, aesthetic value, exceptional ecological significance, exceptional recreational significance, exceptional water supply significance, and exceptional fisheries significance of those established Category One waters. These areas shall be designated and protected as follows:
(a) 
The applicant shall preserve and maintain a special water resource protection area in accordance with one (1) of the following:
[1] 
A three hundred (300) foot special water resource protection area shall be provided on each side of the waterway, measured perpendicular to the waterway from the top of the bank outwards or from the centerline of the waterway where the bank is not defined. Said area shall consist of existing vegetation or vegetation allowed to follow natural succession.
[2] 
Encroachment within the designated special water resource protection area under Subsection [1] above shall only be allowed where previous development or disturbance has occurred (for example, active agricultural use, parking area or maintained lawn area). The encroachment shall only be allowed where applicant demonstrates that the functional value and overall condition of the special water resource protection area will be maintained to the maximum extent practicable. In no case shall the remaining special water resource protection area be reduced to less than one hundred fifty (150) feet as measured perpendicular to the top of the bank of the waterway or centerline of the waterway where the bank is undefined. All encroachments proposed under this subparagraph shall be subject to review and approval by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
(b) 
All stormwater shall be discharged outside of and flow through the special water resource protection area and shall comply with the Standard For Off-Site Stability in the "Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey", established under the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq.
(c) 
If stormwater discharged outside of and flowing through the special water resource protection area cannot comply with the Standard For Off-Site Stability in the "Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey", established under the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq., then the stabilization measures in accordance with the requirements of the above standards may be placed within the special water resource protection area, provided that:
[1] 
Stabilization measures shall not be placed within one hundred fifty (150) feet of the Category One Waterway;
[2] 
Stormwater associated with discharges allowed by this section shall achieve a ninety-five percent (95%) TSS post-construction removal rate;
[3] 
Temperature shall be addressed to ensure no impact on receiving waterway;
[4] 
The encroachment shall only be allowed where the applicant demonstrates that the functional value and overall condition of the special water resource protection area will be maintained to the maximum extent practicable;
[5] 
A conceptual project design meeting shall be held with the appropriate New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection staff and Soil Conservation District staff to identify necessary stabilization measures; and
[6] 
All encroachments proposed under this section shall be subject to review and approval by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
(d) 
A stream corridor protection plan may be developed by a regional stormwater management planning committee as an element of a regional stormwater management plan, or by a municipality through an adopted municipal stormwater management plan. If a stream corridor protection plan for a waterway subject to Section 149A-3G(8) has been approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, then the provisions of the plan shall be the applicable special water resource protection area requirements for that waterway. A stream corridor protection plan for a waterway subject to Subsection G(8) shall maintain or enhance the current functional value and overall condition of the special water resource protection area as defined in Subsection G(8)(a)[1] above. In no case shall a stream corridor protection plan allow the reduction of the Special Water Resource Protection Area to less than one hundred fifty (150) feet as measured perpendicular to the waterway subject to this subsection.
(e) 
This subsection does not apply to the construction of one (1) individual single family dwelling that is not part of a larger development on a lot receiving preliminary or final subdivision approval on or before February 2, 2004, provided that the construction begins on or before February 2, 2009.
A. 
Stormwater runoff shall be calculated in accordance with the following:
(1) 
The design engineer shall calculate runoff using one (1) of the following methods:
(a) 
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) methodology, including the NRCS Runoff Equation and Dimensionless Unit Hydrograph, as described in the NRCS National Engineering Handbook Section 4-Hydrology and Technical Release 55-Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds; or
(b) 
The Rational Method for peak flow and the Modified Rational Method for hydrograph computations.
(2) 
For the purpose of calculating runoff coefficients, there is a presumption that the preconstruction condition of a site or portion thereof is a wooded land use with good hydrologic condition. The term "runoff coefficient" applies to both the NRCS methodology at Section 149A-4A(1)(a) and the Rational and Modified Rational Methods at Section 149A-4A(1)(b). A runoff coefficient for an existing condition may be used on all or a portion of the site if the design engineer verifies that the hydrologic condition has existed on the site or portion of the site for at least five (5) years without interruption prior to the time of application. If more than one (1) land cover have existed on the site during the five (5) years immediately prior to the time of application, the land cover with the lowest runoff potential shall be used for the computations. In addition, there is the presumption that the site is in good hydrologic condition (if the land use type is pasture, lawn, or park), with good cover (if the land use type is woods), or with good hydrologic condition and conservation treatment (if the land use type is cultivation).
(3) 
In computing preconstruction stormwater runoff, the design engineer shall account for all significant land features and structures, such as ponds, wetlands, depressions, hedgerows, or culverts, that may reduce preconstruction stormwater runoff rates and volumes.
(4) 
In computing stormwater runoff from all design storms, the design engineer shall consider the relative stormwater runoff rates and/or volumes of pervious and impervious surfaces separately to accurately compute the rates and volume of stormwater runoff from the site. To calculate runoff from unconnected impervious cover, urban impervious area modifications as described in the NRCS Technical Release-55, Urban Hydrology for Small Watersheds and other methods may be employed.
(5) 
If the invert of the outlet structure of a stormwater management measure is below the flood hazard design flood elevation as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:13, the design engineer shall take into account the effects of tailwater in the design of structural stormwater management measures.
A. 
Standards for structural stormwater management measures are as follows:
(1) 
Standards for structural management measures shall be designed to take into account the existing site conditions, including, for example, environmentally critical areas, wetlands; flood-prone areas; slopes; depth to seasonal high water table; soil type, permeability and texture; drainage area and drainage patterns; and the presence of solution-prone carbonate rocks (limestone).
(2) 
Structural stormwater management measures shall be designed to minimize maintenance, facilitate maintenance and repairs, and ensure proper functioning. Trash racks shall be installed at the intake to the outlet structure as appropriate, and shall have parallel bars with one (1) inch spacing between the bars to the elevation of the water quality design storm. For elevations higher than the water quality design storm, the parallel bars at the outlet structure shall be spaced no greater than one-third (1/3) the width of the diameter of the orifice or one-third (1/3) the width of the weir, with a minimum spacing between bars of one (1) inch and a maximum spacing between bars of six (6) inches. In addition, the design of trash racks must comply with the requirements of Section 149A-7D.
(3) 
Structural stormwater management measures shall be designed, constructed, and installed to be strong, durable, and corrosion resistant. Measures that are consistent with the relevant portions of the Residential Site Improvement Standards at N.J.A.C. 5:21-7.3, 7.4, and 7.5 shall be deemed to meet this requirement.
(4) 
At the intake to the outlet from the stormwater management basin, the orifice size shall be a minimum of two and one-half (2 1/2) inches in diameter.
(5) 
Stormwater management basins shall be designed to meet the minimum safety standards for stormwater management basins at Section 149A-7.
B. 
Stormwater management measure guidelines are available in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual. Other stormwater management measures may be utilized provided the design engineer demonstrates that the proposed measure and its design will accomplish the required water quantity and water quality design and performance standards established by this chapter.
C. 
Manufactured treatment devices may be used to meet the requirements of this chapter, provided the pollutant removal rates are verified by the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology and certified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
A. 
Technical guidance for stormwater management measures can be found in the documents listed at (1) and (2) below, which are available from Maps and Publications, Department of Environmental Protection, 428 East State Street, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625; telephone (609) 777-1038.
(1) 
Guidelines for stormwater management measures are contained in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual, as amended. Information is provided on stormwater management measures such as: bioretention systems, constructed stormwater wetlands, dry wells, extended detention basins, infiltration structures, manufactured treatment devices, pervious paving, sand filters vegetative filter strips, and wet ponds.
(2) 
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Facilities Maintenance Manual, as amended.
B. 
Additional technical guidance for stormwater management measures can be obtained from the following:
(1) 
The "Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey" promulgated by the State Soil Conservation Committee and incorporated into N.J.A.C. 2:90. Copies of these standards may be obtained by contacting the State Soil Conservation Committee or any of the Soil Conservation Districts listed in N.J.A.C. 2:90-1.3(a)4. The location, address, and telephone number of each Soil Conservation District may be obtained from the State Soil Conservation Committee, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, New Jersey 08625; (609) 292-5540;
(2) 
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Services, (732) 932-9306; and
(3) 
The Somerset-Union Soil Conservation District located at Somerset Union 4-H Center, 308 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, (908) 526-2701.
A. 
This section sets forth requirements to protect public safety through the proper design and operation of stormwater management basins. This section applies to any new stormwater management basin.
B. 
The provisions of this section are not intended to preempt more stringent municipal or county safety requirements for new or existing stormwater management basins.
C. 
Requirements for trash racks, overflow grates and escape provisions.
(1) 
A trash rack is a device designed to catch trash and debris and prevent the clogging of outlet structures. Trash racks shall be installed at the intake to the outlet from the stormwater management basin to ensure proper functioning of the basin outlets in accordance with the following:
(a) 
The trash rack shall have parallel bars, with no greater than six (6) inch spacing between the bars.
(b) 
The trash rack shall be designed so as not to adversely affect the hydraulic performance of the outlet pipe or structure.
(c) 
The average velocity of flow through a clean trash rack is not to exceed two and one-half (2.5) feet per second under the full range of stage and discharge. Velocity is to be computed on the basis of the net area of opening through the rack.
(d) 
The trash rack shall be constructed and installed to be rigid, durable, and corrosion resistant, and shall be designed to withstand a perpendicular live loading of three hundred (300) lbs./ft. sq.
(2) 
An overflow grate is designed to prevent obstruction of the overflow structure. If an outlet structure has an overflow grate, such grate shall meet the following requirements:
(a) 
The overflow grate shall be secured to the outlet structure but removable for emergencies and maintenance.
(b) 
The overflow grate spacing shall be no less than two (2) inches across the smallest dimension.
(c) 
The overflow grate shall be constructed and installed to be rigid, durable, and corrosion resistant, and shall be designed to withstand a perpendicular live loading of three hundred (300) lbs./ft. sq.
(3) 
For purposes of this subsection, escape provisions means the permanent installation of ladders, steps, rungs, or other features that provide easily accessible means of egress from stormwater management basins. Stormwater management basins shall include escape provisions as follows:
(a) 
If a stormwater management basin has an outlet structure, escape provisions shall be incorporated in or on the structure. With the prior approval of the reviewing agency identified in Section 149A-7D. a freestanding outlet structure may be exempted from this requirement.
(b) 
Safety ledges shall be constructed on the slopes of all new stormwater management basins having a permanent pool of water deeper than two and one-half (2 1/2) feet. Such safety ledges shall be comprised of two (2) steps. Each step shall be four (4) to six (6) feet in width. One (1) step shall be located approximately two and one-half (2 1/2) feet below the permanent water surface, and the second step shall be located one (1) to one and one-half (1 1/2) feet above the permanent water surface. See Section 149A-7E for an illustration of safety ledges in a stormwater management basin.
(c) 
In new stormwater management basins, the maximum interior slope for an earthen dam, embankment, or berm shall not be steeper than 3 horizontal to 1 vertical.
D. 
Variance or exemption from safety standards.
(1) 
A variance or exemption from the safety standards for stormwater management basins may be granted only upon a written finding by the Borough that the variance or exemption will not constitute a threat to public safety.
E. 
Illustration of safety ledges in a new stormwater management basin.
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A. 
Submission of site development stormwater plan.
(1) 
Whenever an applicant seeks municipal approval of a development subject to this chapter, the applicant shall submit all of required components of the checklist for the site development stormwater plan at Section 149A-8C below as part of the submission of the applicant's application for subdivision or site plan approval.
(2) 
The applicant shall demonstrate that the project meets the standards set forth in this chapter.
(3) 
The applicant shall submit four (4) copies of the materials listed in the checklist for site development stormwater plans in accordance with Section 149A-8C of this chapter.
B. 
Site development stormwater plan approval. The applicant's site development stormwater plan shall be reviewed as part of the subdivision or site plan review process by the municipal board or official from which municipal approval is sought. That municipal board or official shall consult the engineer retained by the Planning and/or Zoning Board (as appropriate) to determine if all the checklist requirements have been satisfied and to determine if the plan meets the standards set forth in this chapter.
C. 
Checklist requirements. The following information shall be required:
(1) 
Topographic base map. The reviewing engineer may require upstream tributary drainage system information as necessary. It is recommended that the topographic base map of the site be submitted which extends a minimum of two hundred (200) feet beyond the limits of the proposed development, at a scale of 1"=200' or greater, showing 2-foot contour intervals. The map as appropriate may indicate the following: existing surface water drainage, shorelines, steep slopes, soils, erodible soils, perennial or intermittent streams that drain into or upstream of any Category 1 waters, wetlands, wetland transition areas, 100-year frequency flood plains, floodways, marshlands and other wetlands, pervious or vegetative surfaces, existing manmade structures, roads, bearing and distances of property lines, and significant natural and manmade features not otherwise shown.
(2) 
Environmental site analysis. A written and graphic description of the natural and manmade features of the site and its environs. This description should include a discussion of soil conditions, slopes, wetlands, waterways and vegetation on the site. Particular attention should be given to unique, unusual, or environmentally sensitive features and to those that provide particular opportunities or constraints for development.
(3) 
Project description and site plan(s). A map (or maps) at the scale of the topographical base map indicating the location of existing and proposed buildings, roads, parking areas, utilities, structural facilities for stormwater management and sediment control, and other permanent structures. The map(s) shall also clearly show areas where alterations occur in the natural terrain and cover, including lawns and other landscaping, and seasonal high ground water elevations. A written description of the site plan and justification of proposed changes in natural conditions may also be provided.
(4) 
Land use planning and source control plan. This plan shall provide a demonstration of how the goals and standards of Sections 149A-2 through 149A-5 are being met. The focus of this plan shall be to describe how the site is being developed to meet the objective of controlling groundwater recharge, stormwater quality and stormwater quantity problems at the source by land management and source controls whenever possible.
(5) 
Stormwater management facilities map. The following information, illustrated on a map of the same scale as the topographic base map, shall be included:
(a) 
Total area to be paved or built upon, proposed surface contours, land area to be occupied by the stormwater management facilities and the type of vegetation thereon, and details of the proposed plan to control and dispose of stormwater.
(b) 
Details of all stormwater management facility designs, during and after construction, including discharge provisions, discharge capacity for each outlet at different levels of detention and emergency spillway provisions with maximum discharge capacity of each spillway.
(c) 
Drainage area map showing proposed stormwater management facilities.
(6) 
Calculations.
(a) 
Comprehensive hydrologic and hydraulic design calculations for the predevelopment and post-development conditions for the design storms specified in Section 149A-3 of this chapter.
(b) 
When the proposed stormwater management control measures (e.g. infiltration basins) depends on the hydrologic properties of soils, then a soils report shall be submitted. The soils report shall be based on onsite boring logs or soil pit profiles. The number and location of required soil borings or soils pits shall be determined based on what is needed to determine the suitability and distribution of soil types present at the location of the stormwater management facility .
(7) 
Maintenance and repair plan. The design and planning of the stormwater management facility shall meet the maintenance requirements of Section 149A-9.
(8) 
Waiver of submission requirements. The borough may, in consultation with the municipal engineer, exempt an application from all or a portion of the submission requirements of Section 149A-8C(1) through Section 149A-8C(6) where the applicant demonstrates that the information requested is impossible to obtain or would create a hardship on the applicant to obtain and its absence will not materially affect the review process.
A. 
Applicability.
(1) 
Projects subject to review as in Section 149A-1C of this chapter shall comply with the requirements of Sections 149A-9B and 149A-9C.
B. 
General maintenance.
(1) 
The design engineer shall prepare a maintenance plan for the stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of a major development.
(2) 
The maintenance plan shall contain specific preventative maintenance tasks and schedules; cost estimates, including estimated cost of sediment, debris, or trash removal; and the name, address, and telephone number of the person or persons responsible for preventative and corrective maintenance (including replacement). Maintenance guidelines for stormwater management measures are available in the New Jersey Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual. If the maintenance plan identifies a person other than the developer (for example, a public agency or homeowners' association) as having the responsibility for maintenance, the plan shall include documentation of such person's agreement to assume this responsibility, or of the developer's obligation to dedicate a stormwater management facility to such person under an applicable ordinance or regulation.
(3) 
Responsibility for maintenance shall not be assigned or transferred to the owner or tenant of an individual property in a residential development or project, unless such owner or tenant owns or leases the entire residential development or project.
(4) 
If the person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above is not a public agency, the maintenance plan and any future revisions based on Section 149A-9B(7) below shall be recorded upon the deed of record for each property on which the maintenance described in the maintenance plan must be undertaken.
(5) 
If the person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above is not a public agency, the area dedicated to the stormwater management facility will be marked in the field with permanent concrete markers pursuant to Somerset County standards.
(6) 
Preventative and corrective maintenance shall be performed to maintain the function of the stormwater management measure, including repairs or replacement to the structure; removal of sediment, debris, or trash; restoration of eroded areas; snow and ice removal; fence repair or replacement; restoration of vegetation; and repair or replacement of nonvegetated linings.
(7) 
The person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above shall maintain a detailed log of all preventative and corrective maintenance for the structural stormwater management measures incorporated into the design of the development, including a record of all inspections and copies of all maintenance-related work orders.
(8) 
The person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above shall send a copy of the detailed log of all preventative and corrective maintenance for the structural stormwater management to the Borough of Somerville in April of each year via certified mail. All maintenance measures performed during the previous year should be provided and summarized.
(9) 
The person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above shall evaluate the effectiveness of the maintenance plan at least once per year and adjust the plan and the deed as needed.
(10) 
The person responsible for maintenance identified under Section 149A-9B(2) above shall retain and make available, upon request by any public entity with administrative, health, environmental, or safety authority over the site, the maintenance plan and the documentation required by Sections 149A-9B(6) and 149A-9B(7).
(11) 
The requirements of Sections 149A-9B(3) and 149A-9B(4) do not apply to stormwater management facilities that are dedicated to and accepted by the borough or another governmental agency.
(12) 
In the event that the stormwater management facility becomes a danger to public safety or public health, or if it is in need of maintenance, the borough shall so notify the responsible person in writing. Upon receipt of that notice, the responsible person shall have fourteen (14) days to effect maintenance and repair of the facility in a manner that is approved by the borough. If the responsible person fails or refuses to perform such maintenance and repair, the borough or county may immediately proceed to do so and shall bill the cost thereof to the responsible person.
(13) 
A two (2) year maintenance guarantee in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-33 shall be provided.
C. 
Nothing in this section shall preclude the borough from requiring the posting of a performance or maintenance guarantee in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53.
Any person found to be in violation of any portion or section of this chapter, after being duly notified, shall be subject to a fine and penalty not to exceed the maximum fine and penalty set forth in the Code of the Borough of Somerville, including any fines and penalties that the borough may impose pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.
Failure to comply with the provisions of an approved stormwater management plan shall result in the issuance of an order from the borough to halt activities at any site where construction is ongoing. Future applications for additional sections of such projects will be denied until such time as compliance with the stormwater plan is achieved.
Fees for the review of any applications, plans or other information required to be submitted pursuant to this chapter shall be assessed in accordance with Article V, Sections 102-21 to 102-27 of the Code of the Borough of Somerville.
This chapter shall take effect upon the approval by the county review agency, or sixty (60) days after submission to the county review agency if they fail to act.
If the provisions of any article, section, subsection, paragraph, subdivision, or clause of this chapter shall be judged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such order of judgment shall not affect or invalidate the remainder of any article, section, subsection, paragraph, subdivision, or clause of this chapter.
Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this chapter shall be interpreted so as to give them the meaning they have in common usage and to give this chapter its most reasonable application.
BOROUGH
Borough of Somerville.
CAFRA CENTERS, CORES OR NODES
Those areas within boundaries accepted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:8E-5B.
CAFRA PLANNING MAP
The geographic depiction of the boundaries for Coastal Planning Areas, CAFRA Centers, CAFRA Cores and CAFRA Nodes pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:7E-5B.3.
COMPACTION
The increase in soil bulk density.
CORE
A pedestrian-oriented area of commercial and civic uses serving the surrounding municipality, generally including housing and access to public transportation.
COUNTY REVIEW AGENCY
An agency designated by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders to review municipal stormwater management plans and implementing ordinance(s).
DEPARTMENT
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
DESIGNATED CENTER
A State Development and Redevelopment Plan Center as designated by the State Planning Commission such as urban, regional, town, village, or hamlet.
DESIGN ENGINEER
A person professionally qualified and duly licensed in New Jersey to perform engineering services that may include, but not necessarily be limited to, development of project requirements, creation and development of project design and preparation of drawings and specifications.
DEVELOPMENT
The subdivision of a parcel of land into two (2) or more parcels, the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation or enlargement of any building or structure, any mining excavation or landfill, and any use or change in the use of any building or other structure, or land or extension of use of land, for which permission is required under the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. In the case of development of agricultural lands, development means: any activity that requires a State permit; any activity reviewed by the County Agricultural Board (CAB) and the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC), and municipal review of any activity not exempted by the Right to Farm Act, N.J.S.A. 4:1C-1 et seq.
DRAINAGE AREA
A geographic area within which stormwater, sediments, or dissolved materials drain to a particular receiving waterbody or to a particular point along a receiving waterbody.
EMPOWERMENT NEIGHBORHOOD
A neighborhood designated by the Urban Coordinating Council "in consultation and conjunction with" the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority pursuant to N.J.S.A. 55:19-69.
ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSTRAINED AREA
The following areas where the physical alteration of the land is in some way restricted, either through regulation, easement, deed restriction or ownership such as: wetlands, floodplains, threatened and endangered species sites or designated habitats, and parks and preserves. Habitats of endangered or threatened species are identified using the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Landscape Project as approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered and Nongame Species Program.
ENVIRONMENTALLY CRITICAL AREAS
An area or feature which is of significant environmental value, including but not limited to: stream corridors; natural heritage priority sites; habitat of endangered or threatened species; large areas of contiguous open space or upland forest; steep slopes; and well head protection and groundwater recharge areas. Habitats of endangered or threatened species are identified using the Department's Landscape Project as approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered and Nongame Species Program.
EROSION
The detachment and movement of soil or rock fragments by water, wind, ice or gravity.
IMPERVIOUS SURFACE
A surface that has been covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to infiltration by water.
INFILTRATION
The process by which water seeps into the soil from precipitation.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENT
Any "development" that provides for ultimately disturbing one or more acres of land or increasing impervious surface by one-quarter (1/4) acre or more. Disturbance for the purpose of this rule is the placement of impervious surface or exposure and/or movement of soil or bedrock or clearing, cutting, or removing of vegetation. Projects undertaken by any government agency which otherwise meet the definition of "major development" but which do not require approval under the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. are also considered "major development."
MUNICIPALITY
Any city, borough, town, township, or village.
NODE
An area designated by the State Planning Commission concentrating facilities and activities that are not organized in a compact form.
NUTRIENT
A chemical element or compound, such as nitrogen or phosphorus, which is essential to and promotes the development of organisms.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this State and any State, interstate or Federal agency.
POLLUTANT
Any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, filter backwash, sewage, garbage, refuse, oil, grease, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, medical wastes, radioactive substance (except those regulated under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), thermal waste, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, industrial, municipal, agricultural, and construction waste or runoff, or other residue discharged directly or indirectly to the land, groundwaters or surface waters of the State, or to a domestic treatment works. "Pollutant" includes both hazardous and nonhazardous pollutants.
RECHARGE
The amount of water from precipitation that infiltrates into the ground and is not evapotranspired.
SEDIMENT
Solid material, mineral or organic, that is in suspension, is being transported, or has been moved from its site of origin by air, water or gravity as a product of erosion.
SITE
The lot or lots upon which a major development is to occur or has occurred.
SOIL
All unconsolidated mineral and organic material of any origin.
STATE DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT PLAN METROPOLITAN PLANNING AREA (PA1)
An area delineated on the State Plan Policy Map and adopted by the State Planning Commission that is intended to be the focus for much of the State's future redevelopment and revitalization efforts.
STATE PLAN POLICY MAP
The geographic application of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan's goals and statewide policies, and the official map of these goals and policies.
STORMWATER
Water resulting from precipitation (including rain and snow) that runs off the land's surface, is transmitted to the subsurface, or is captured by separate storm sewers or other sewage or drainage facilities.
STORMWATER RUNOFF
Water flow on the surface of the ground or in storm sewers, resulting from precipitation.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT BASIN
An excavation or embankment and related areas designated to retain stormwater runoff. A stormwater management basin may either be normally dry (that is, a detention basin or infiltration basin), retain water in a permanent pool (a retention basin), or be planted mainly with wetland vegetation (most constructed stormwater wetlands).
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT MEASURE
Any structural or nonstructural strategy, practice, technology, process, program, or other method intended to control or reduce stormwater runoff and associated pollutants, or to induce or control the infiltration or groundwater recharge of stormwater or to eliminate illicit or illegal non-stormwater discharges into stormwater conveyances.
URBAN COORDINATING COUNCIL EMPOWERMENT NEIGHBORHOOD
A neighborhood given priority access to State resources through the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.
URBAN ENTERPRISE ZONES
A zone designated by the New Jersey Enterprise Zone Authority pursuant to the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zones Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27H-60 et seq.
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AREA
Previously developed portions of areas:
(1) 
Delineated on the State Plan Policy Map (SPPM) as the Metropolitan Planning Area (PA1), Designated Centers, Cores or Nodes;
(2) 
Designated as CAFRA Centers, Cores or Nodes;
(3) 
Designated as Urban Enterprise Zones; and
(4) 
Designated as Urban Coordinating Council Empowerment Neighborhoods.
WATERS OF THE STATE
The ocean and its estuaries, all springs, streams, wetlands, and bodies of surface or groundwater, whether natural or artificial, within the boundaries of the State of New Jersey or subject to its jurisdiction.
WETLANDS OR WETLAND
An area that is inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances does support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions, commonly known as hydrophytic vegetation.