The Department of Development and Housing will include those divisions of the Township government and those functions assigned to the Department by the Township Committee in accordance with this chapter.
There shall be within the Department of Development and Housing an Engineer's Office headed by the Township Engineer. The Township Engineer shall be appointed by the Township Committee for a term of one year and shall be paid such fees and charges as shall be fixed by contract or ordinance. The Township Engineer shall be a duly licensed professional engineer of the State of New Jersey. The duties of the Engineer shall include the following:
Provide engineering services to the various departments and boards of Township government as directed.
Provide and maintain maps, plans and survey specifications, surveys and records with respect to all public projects undertaken by the Township.
Review all specifications for all capital projects and review all work done for compliance with specifications.
Assure compliance with all Township ordinances regarding road openings.
Perform such other duties as are assigned by the Township Committee.
Upon expiration of his term, the Township Engineer shall surrender to the Township officials charged with the custody thereof all maps, surveys, plans, specifications, reports and studies belonging to the Township.
The Township Committee shall appoint a Zoning Officer for a two-year term who shall perform such duties and functions as are necessary to enforce the Land Development Ordinance of the Township of Mullica.
[Amended 12-11-2007 by Ord. No. 15-2007; 12-28-2010 by Ord. No. 19-2010]
The duties of the Zoning Officer shall include but not be limited to the following:
Issuance of warnings and/or summonses for violations of said ordinance.
Receiving all applications for zoning permits for construction, alteration or demolition of a use for any building where such construction, alteration or demolition would be in violation of any provision of the Land Development Ordinance, and no building permits or certificates of occupancy shall be issued without a zoning permit or a certificate of compliance issued by the Zoning Officer.
Granting of zoning certificates of compliance where the provisions of the Land Development Ordinance of the Township of Mullica have been complied with and to make inspections and to examine plans and specifications.
Maintaining careful and comprehensive records of all applications, certificates issued, inspections made and notices and summonses issued.
The Zoning Officer is hereby designated the administrative officer as defined in the Municipal Land Use Act for the Township of Mullica.
The Zoning Officer shall further perform such duties and functions as are necessary for the enforcement of all other ordinances of the Township of Mullica wherein penalties are provided for the violation thereof in accordance with the standards and procedures established by said ordinances, including but not limited to the issuance of warnings and summonses and the prosecution of violations of said ordinances in the Mullica Township Municipal Court.
Supervision of the Zoning Officer. The Zoning Officer shall be responsible to and report to the Director of Development and Housing.
Compensation. The compensation to be paid to the Zoning Officer shall be fixed annually by the Township Committee as part of the Annual Salary Ordinance.
There is established in the Township a Planning Board consisting of nine members and two alternates who shall be appointed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-23. The Planning Board shall implement and enforce the Township Zoning Ordinance and shall perform its duties in conformance with the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Act pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.
Henceforth there shall be four alternate members of the Planning Board meeting the qualifications of Class IV members that are appointed by the Mayor and designated as, respectively, "Alternate 1, 2, 3 and 4."
[Added 1-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2-2008]
[Amended 1-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2-2008]
Pursuant to the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law at N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25, Subdivision c, the Mullica Township Zoning Board of Adjustment is hereby abolished and the duties and powers of said Board shall be hereinafter vested in the Mullica Township Planning Board. The Planning Board shall thus exercise, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions, all of the powers of said Board of Adjustment, but the Class I and the Class III members shall not participate in the consideration of applications for development which involve relief pursuant to subsection (d) of Section 57 of P.L. 1975, c. 291 (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70).
There is established in the Township an Environmental Commission consisting of five members. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1, the members shall be appointed by the Mayor who shall also designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. Terms of office of the Commissioners shall be for three years, except that the initial appointments shall include one member who shall serve for one year, two members who will serve for two years and two members who will serve for three years.
The Commission shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Township Committee, the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. The Secretaries of the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment shall make available to the Commission an informational copy of every application for development submitted to either Board.
[Amended 4-8-2008 by Ord. No. 7-2008; 12-16-2008 by Ord. No. 15-2008; 12-27-2011 by Ord. No. 12-2011]
There is established in the Township an Economic Advisory/Development Commission. One member of the Economic Advisory/Development Commission will be the current Director of the Department of Development and Housing. The other six members will be a resident, property owner or business proprietor of the Township, appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the Township Committee. Membership shall be for three-year terms that are evenly staggered. The Chairperson and Co-chairperson of the Commission will be appointed annually at the first meeting of the year, following the Township Committee Reorganization meeting, by vote of the Commission members.
[Amended 2-14-2012 by Ord. No. 1-2012]
The overall objectives of the Economic Advisory/Development Commission are to:
The Economic Advisory/Development Commission will make recommendations to the Township Committee with regard to efforts, programs and initiatives that benefit the residents economically, that protect and retain the rural character of Mullica’s Pinelands municipality, are compatible with the Pinelands Commission’s Comprehensive Management Plan and use the current Land Use Code as a guideline. Its duties include seeking ways to attract new, community-friendly businesses to the Township within the Pinelands Town and Village Centers, seeking ways to promote ecotourism in the Township, advising and assisting in the rehabilitation and revitalization of brownfields, researching and advising the Committee on opportunities to obtain resources to make the Elwood Village Center and the Pinelands Town along Route 30 attractive destinations to promote appropriate commercial and light industry businesses, working with existing business owners and those applying for new businesses, and working on its various initiatives with the consultation of the Township Committee.
Regular updates from the meetings shall be brought to the Township Committee by the Director of Housing and Planning.