[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Harrison 9-19-1994 by Ord. No. 18-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Sewers — See Ch. 170.
No aboveground septic system shall be permitted to be installed within the Township of Harrison except as shall be in accordance with the regulations herein.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- SANITARY DISPOSAL SYSTEM or SEPTIC SYSTEM
- An on-site sewage system by which a residential or commercial use manages and treats the disposal of its sewage waste.
- SURFACE GRADING
- A process by which virgin ground may be altered to adjust its ground elevation.
- VIRGIN GROUND
- Land in its natural state. Where land has already been disturbed in the past, "virgin ground" shall be defined as that elevation or level adjusted to its improved state at the time of this application.
Jurisdiction under this chapter shall apply only to mounded septic systems in excess of 18 inches above virgin ground.
No individual sanitary disposal system as defined herein shall be permitted to be constructed above ground unless a grading plan shall be first submitted to the Planning Board of the Township of Harrison for review and determination. The grading plan shall identify the virgin ground and all elevations of such ground. No sanitary septic system located above ground shall exceed the height of 48 inches above the virgin soil as defined herein.
No aboveground sanitary disposal system shall be installed unless there shall have first been approved by the Planning Board of the Township of Harrison a grading design utilizing the following standards which shall take into account the aesthetics of the site, the natural condition of the site in order that the aboveground system might blend into the site:
Maximum grading elevation above virgin soil shall be 48 inches.
Maximum slope gradient and the maximum height shall not exceed a slope of four feet to obtain each foot of elevation.
The aboveground system shall be landscaped with plant and/or shrubs, walls of mortar, walls of wood, or other devices for the purpose of establishing an attractive site generally concealing the use of the aboveground on-site septic or sewage system.
Any grading plans submitted to this Board shall be signed and sealed by a registered architect or a licensed engineer.
An application and a form similar to that which is appended hereto shall be first made to the Harrison Township Planning Board for approval of the proposed septic system grading plan. Accompanying the application of the Harrison Township Planning Board shall be a complete grading and landscaping plan and architectural plan for the building lot area surrounding the septic system. No application shall be received under this section until the septic system design shall have been approved by the Gloucester County Health Department.
The Harrison Township Planning Board will review the application for completeness as well as compliance with the lot grading criteria established by this chapter and shall make a determination in writing within 30 days of submission.
No surface grade surrounding the aboveground septic system shall exceed the height of 48 inches. In no event shall the height of the full system be permitted in an isolated mound in any area within the lot including but not limited to the area immediately surrounding any structure. Any grading plan proposed shall meet sound engineering or architectural practices.
The Planning Board in reviewing the plan shall take into account the aesthetics of the lot in question and the area, the overall elevations or changes in elevations of the lot and of the area, the design, the slope, and in addition, the materials to be utilized in the landscaping.
The purpose of this chapter is to maintain continuity with surrounding topographical areas.
In the event a hardship shall be found by the Planning Board of the Township of Harrison, it shall be at the discretion of the Board to waive any requirements of this chapter. Hardship shall be defined as that unusual lot or grading plan, whether a new system or a replacement system, cannot for any reason be constructed in accordance with this chapter. No hardship shall be found however without specific findings of fact.
No lot shall be sold or conveyed by any person, partnership, corporation or other entity which requires aboveground application of the system without having given notice, in writing, to the prospective purchaser. Failure to give such notice shall impose § 167-11, Violations and penalties, of this chapter.
[Amended 12-6-2004 by Ord. No. 40-2004]
No permit shall be issued for any work to be undertaken until the applicant shall be in compliance with this chapter. Failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall be a violation of this chapter subjecting the violator to a fine not exceeding $1,250, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.