Township of Bernards, NJ
Somerset County
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[Ord. #585, § 760, § 6410; Ord. #1103, § 38]
Each parking space shall meet the following minimum dimensional requirements:
a. 
Residential:
1. 
Within a garage or under a cover: 10 feet by 20 feet.
2. 
Located on an open lot*: nine feet by 20 feet.
b. 
Nonresidential:
1. 
Within a garage or under a cover: 10 feet by 20 feet.
2. 
Located on an open lot* and used for short term parking as retail shopping: 10 feet by 20 feet.
3. 
Located on an open lot* and used for long term parking such as for employees: nine feet by 20 feet.
4. 
Compact spaces for long-term parking**: eight feet by 16 feet.
NOTES:
*The length of any parking stall may be reduced by two feet if the front of the stall abuts a curb or other approved wheel stop and the two feet is not used for any other purpose such as sidewalks.
**Compact spaces must be marked with double stripes.
[Ord. #585, § 610B]
a. 
Number of Off-Street Loading Spaces To Be Provided. In any zone, each building or use requiring the receipt or distribution in vehicles of materials or merchandise shall be provided with on-site off-street loading spaces in accordance with the following ratios:
Total Floor Area
(square feet)
Number of Spaces
49,999 or less
1
50,000 to 100,000
2
Over 100,000
2 plus 1 for each additional 500,000 square feet or part thereof
b. 
Sizes of Loading Spaces. Loading spaces shall be at least 12 feet in width, 25 feet in length and shall have a twelve-and-five-tenths-foot clearance above grade. No portion of a loading or unloading vehicle shall extend over a public street right-of-way or within 10 feet of the edge of pavement.
[Ord. #1429, 5-29-2001, amended]
[Ord. #585, § 610C; Ord. #641; Ord. #1103, § 39]
a. 
All off-street parking areas shall meet the following requirements:
1. 
All off-street parking, other than for agricultural purposes, shall be paved with a minimum of 1.5 inches of bituminous concrete (FABC) placed on top of a minimum of 3.5 inches of stabilized base and a minimum of four inches of compacted subbase, Type 5A, or an equivalent as approved by the Township Engineer.
2. 
All parking and loading areas shall be curbed with granite block or concrete curbing constructed to Township standard specifications unless the applicant can demonstrate that elimination of the curbing will not decrease the useful life of the pavement, have a negative effect on drainage or increase maintenance costs.
3. 
All parking and loading areas shall have convenient means of ingress and egress.
(a) 
The applicant shall demonstrate to the Board that ingress and egress will not adversely affect the flow of traffic on Township roadways.
(b) 
Traffic circulation shall be designed to minimize the use of aisles serving parking areas.
(c) 
For nonresidential uses, parking areas with more than 25 spaces shall have separate entrances and exits.
(d) 
Where a combined entrance and exit is provided, the access road shall be a minimum of 24 feet in width.
(e) 
Where separate entrances and exits are provided, the minimum roadway width shall be 15 feet.
4. 
In the case of multifamily housing, no more than one required parking space may be located in or may be a driveway to a garage.
5. 
Parking areas shall be designed with aisles meeting the following standards. Where the angle of parking is different on both sides of the aisle, the larger aisle width shall prevail.
Angle of Parking Spaces
(degrees)
One-Way Aisle
(feet)
Two-Way Aisle
(feet)
90
24
24
60
18
20
45
15
20
30
13
18
Parallel
N.A.
N.A.
6. 
If a parking lot has an area of less than 8,000 square feet, an area equal to 5% of the lot shall be maintained as open space. If a parking lot has an area of greater than 8,000 square feet, an area equal to 10% of the lot shall be maintained as open space. The open space shall be within the perimeter of the lot and shall be appropriately planted or designed for the retention of existing trees. All plantings shall be protected by curbing, bumpers or bollards. Within any parking area there shall be at least one three-inch to four-inch caliper or larger shade tree for each 10 spaces.
7. 
All portions of the property not used for off-street parking, loading or access shall be attractively landscaped with lawns, trees and shrubs as approved by the Board. Parking areas visible from a street shall, through the use of landscaping, be intermittently screened.
8. 
Striping and directional and traffic safety signs shall be provided throughout the parking, loading and circulation areas in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
9. 
All lighting shall be so arranged and shielded to reflect light downward and away from adjoining streets and properties. (See Section 21-41.)