The purposes and objectives of this district are to maintain and operate property as a preserve or preserves for the maintenance of wildlife and its natural habitat and to reasonably limit any other activities that might adversely affect the environment or the animal population and to provide an opportunity and facilities for observation and study of the various types of flora and fauna that are indigenous to the respective area.
No building, structure or premises shall be used, erected or altered except for the following permitted uses:
Farms, truck gardens and nurseries and the sale of products raised thereon, including tree nurseries and other commercial and noncommercial agricultural and livestock uses.
Outdoor commercial and noncommercial recreational uses, including the following: horseback riding and jumping schools, bridle trails, hiking and nature trails, picnicking, camping (including day camps), field trails for dogs, wildlife hunting preserves (including pheasant and other game), pay-as-you-fish in fish-stocked ponds, archery, tennis, swim clubs, ice skating, bird-watching and other outdoor commercial and noncommercial recreation, provided that no building for the housing of cows, calves, bulls, horses, sheep, goats and birds or any building for the housing of hogs, hog pen, hog run or enclosure shall be within 100 feet of any side or rear lot line nor within 200 feet of any front lot line; that no fertilizer or manure shall be heaped, piled or stored within 100 feet of any side or rear lot line nor within 400 feet of any front lot line, that no building of more than two stories in height, run or enclosure for the housing or keeping of fowl having 60 square feet of floor space or less shall be within 15 feet of any side or rear lot line nor within 100 feet of any front lot line, which side and rear yard requirements shall be increased one foot and front yard requirements five feet, respectively, for each additional 60 square feet of floor space or fraction thereof, together with an additional fifty-foot setback for each story that the building housing fowl is over two feet in height (separate buildings to be cumulative as to the number of square feet for rear, side and front yard requirements); provided, however, that the maximum side and rear yard requirements shall be 200 feet and maximum front yard requirements 400 feet plus 50 feet for each story above two stories as hereinabove set forth, provided that no animals or poultry may be kept nor maintained unless adequate shelter is provided and provided further that any structure erected for any of the foregoing purposes shall be accessory to a residential dwelling. Any use permitted in this subsection shall be limited to an area of not less than five acres.
Ecology and nature classes.
[Amended 8-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018:12]
Permitted accessory uses shall be accessory uses usually incidental to the above permitted principal uses.
In addition, the following specific accessory uses and structures shall be permitted where a tract in common ownership consists of at least 200 contiguous acres:
One environmental education center not exceeding a building coverage of 4,000 square feet, provided any improvements associated with any such development shall be located at least 150 feet from any lot line of any residentially zoned property adjacent to the RCW District. The environmental education center may include, but is not to be limited to, management offices, libraries, research facilities, classrooms, displays and other similar uses.
One maintenance garage not exceeding a building coverage of 1,000 square feet, provided any improvements associated with any such development shall be located at least 150 feet from any lot line of any residentially zoned property adjacent to the RCW District.
One ranger relief station for staging of personnel and housing of incidental equipment associated with the maintenance, posting and patrolling of land not exceeding a building coverage of 850 square feet, provided any improvements associated with such development shall be located at least 150 feet from any lot line of any residentially zoned property adjacent to the RCW District. Said station shall not be used for dwelling purposes.
Nature observatory structures, provided such structures shall be located at least 150 feet from any lot line of any residentially zoned property adjacent to the RCW District.
The following conditional uses shall be permitted: none.
Height, area and yard requirements shall be as specified in the schedule of regulations in Article VI.
No development plan shall be approved unless the Planning Board shall have found that the proposed facility not only complies with the regulations set forth above, but also that the applicant shall have demonstrated, at the applicant's expense, that the proposed facility:
Conforms with all applicable New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection air, water and radiation emission and effluent standards and all applicable water quality criteria and air quality standards and applicable state and municipal noise standards.
Will not emit air and water effluents in excess of the existing dilution, assimilative and recovery capacities of the air and water environments at the site and within the surrounding region during and after construction.
Provides for the handling and disposal of litter, trash and refuse in such a manner as to minimize adverse environmental effects and the threat to the public health, safety and welfare.
Would result in minimal feasible impairment of and risk to the regenerative capacity of water aquifers or other ground- or surface water supplies.
Would cause minimal feasible interference with and risk to the natural functioning of plant, animal, fish and human life processes at the site and within the surrounding region during and after construction.
Is located or constructed as to neither endanger human life or property nor otherwise impair the public health, safety and welfare.
Would result in minimal practicable degradation of and risk to unique or irreplaceable land types, historical or archaeological areas and existing scenic and aesthetic attributes at the site and within the surrounding region during and after construction.
Would not create risk to any of the items listed above during and after construction, in any area other than the immediate location of any equipment, building or structure constructed, erected, maintained or utilized in connection with the facility, and solely with respect to uses within § 430-200 above, the area designated for controlled research and experiments, provided that the Planning Board shall be satisfied that any risk to the natural cycles and processes shall be both of an acceptable degree of risk and capable of being contained within the prescribed research and experimentation area. The words "immediate location" shall be interpreted to mean the area within the extension of the perimeter of the building, structure or equipment a distance of 10 feet in all horizontal directions. The "prescribed research and experimentation area" shall be interpreted to mean only that area within which the conduct of such activity has been approved by the Planning Board after thorough study of the application and its effects.
Off-street parking requirements shall be as specified in Article XXXVII.
Sign regulations shall be as specified in Article XXXVIII.
[Added 8-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018:12]
Public access to any development in the RCW District Zone shall be made from Beverwyck Road or Troy Meadows Road.