Township of Bernards, NJ
Somerset County
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§ 21-44.1 Soil Removal.

[Ord. #585, § 615A]
All development plans shall include a grading plan which provides for a minimum amount of soil to be removed from or brought to the site.
No topsoil shall be removed from any lot or lots unless certified as excess (more than four inches) in writing by the Township Engineer. All topsoil so removed shall be placed elsewhere within the Township.

§ 21-44.2 Grading.

[Ord. #585, § 615B]
All graded or stripped areas shall be stabilized by four inches of topsoil and seeding or other landscaping. Exposed rock may be left in its natural state if it can be demonstrated that the rock face will remain stable.
All areas shown on the development plan shall be graded to ensure that surface water flow is away from buildings and pedestrian walkways in accordance with the approved drainage plan.
Surfaces shall be designed to reduce maintenance requirements and allow the cutting of grass and cleaning of drainage swales and ditches without special equipment.
Wherever a change in final grade results in slopes in excess of 2 to 1 (other than a stable rock face) or wherever it is determined that slopes will not be stable or that erosion will occur, retaining walls shall be used which shall be of a permanent, maintenance-free design.
Any grading or stripping shall be done so as to minimize permanent damage to existing trees over four inches DBH that are not designated to be removed by permit.
[Ord. #1357, 6-29-1999, added]

§ 21-44.3 Residential Lots.

[Ord. #585, § 615C]
Prior to the issuance of a construction permit, detailed grading plans shall be provided for review by the Township Engineer. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until the Township Engineer is satisfied that final grading has been completed in accordance with the detailed grading plans and Subsection 21-44.2 hereinabove.