Township of Washington, NJ
Gloucester County
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The Township Council shall determine, by ordinance, a schedule of fees, as well as a collection procedure, for all applications made pursuant to this chapter.
In the event that an application includes a request for more than one type of relief, the fees applicable to each type of relief shall be separately charged and collected; and separate application forms shall be submitted, even though the applicant may be applying to only one Township Board.
The escrow for review and inspection shall be 5% of the bonded amount at the time the performance bond is posted.
[Amended 3-12-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]
The amount placed into escrow shall be set up in an escrow fund to be placed with the Township Treasurer. This fund shall be used to pay the fees of any professional personnel employed to process, review, inspect and make recommendation of the proposed subdivision, including, but not limited to, legal, engineering and planning services. Escrow sums not utilized in the review and inspection process shall be returned to the applicant. If additional sums are deemed necessary, the applicant shall be notified of the required additional amount and shall add such sum to the escrow.
Each applicant who shall submit a plan for subdivision or site plan approval shall agree in writing and shall pay all reasonable costs for professional review of the plan and for inspection of the improvements required by the Planning Board and/or Zoning Board of Adjustment. Such costs must be paid in full before any occupancy of the premises is permitted or an occupancy permit is issued.
[Amended 3-12-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]
Whenever an amount of money in excess of $5,000 shall be deposited by an applicant with the Township for professional services employed by the Township to review applications for development, for municipal inspection fees in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53 or to satisfy the guarantee requirements of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53, the money, until repaid or applied to the purposes for which it is deposited, including the applicant's portion of the interest earned thereon, except as otherwise provided in this section, shall continue to be the property of the applicant and shall be held in trust by the Township. Money deposited shall be held in escrow. The Township shall deposit it in a banking institution or savings and loan association in this state insured by an agency of the federal government, or in any other fund or depository approved for such deposits by the state, in an account bearing interest at the minimum rate currently paid by the institution or depository on time or savings deposits. The Township shall notify the applicant in writing of the name and address of the institution or depository in which the deposit is made and the amount of the deposit. The Township shall not be required to refund an amount of interest paid on a deposit which does not exceed $100 for the year. If the amount of interest exceeds $100, that entire amount shall belong to the applicant and shall be refunded to him/her by the Township annually or at the time the deposit is repaid or applied to the purposes for which it was deposited, as the case may be; except that the Township may retain for administrative expenses a sum equivalent to no more than 33 1/3% of that entire amount, which shall be in lieu of all other administrative and custodial expenses. The provisions of this section shall apply only to that interest earned and paid on a deposit after the effective date of this section.
[Added 3-12-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]
Development Committee Review fee. An applicant required by a board to appear before the Development Review Committee shall pay a fee as set forth in Chapter 80 of this Code which shall be paid to the Township at the time of referral to the Development Review Committee.
[Added 4-28-2005 by Ord. No. 8-2005]
Escrow accounts utilized in the review and inspection process shall be maintained by the Township. An administrative fee shall be charged to each professional receiving a disbursement from an escrow account in an amount equal to 3% of the disbursement to the respective professional for review and inspection services rendered. The three-percent fee is not charged to the developer/applicant, but to the amount to be distributed to the professional on a per-payment basis. The escrow clerk for the Township will maintain a record of each administrative fee charged to the professional from each payment made, said record to be provided to the professional upon request.
[Added 5-12-2005 by Ord. No. 12-2005]
[Added 4-2-1998 by Ord. No. 10-1998]
All subdivisions approved under the standards of this chapter shall be subject to the mandatory development fee pursuant to Chapter 80, Fees.