Township of Carneys Point, NJ
Salem County
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Any applicant wishing to subdivide land within Carneys Point Township shall apply for and obtain the approval of the Planning Board in accordance with the following procedure. Sketch plat approval shall be required for all minor subdivisions. Major subdivisions shall be formally reviewed and approved in two stages: preliminary and final. An informal discussion and review of a sketch plat is encouraged of applicants seeking major subdivision plat approval. The applicant or his agent shall appear at all regular and special meetings of the Planning Board whenever the application is being considered. Failure to appear shall give the Planning Board the right to postpone action on the application for that particular meeting or deny and dismiss the application without prejudice if applicant or his agent's absence deprives the Planning Board of information necessary to make a decision.
A. 
At the request of the applicant, the Planning Board or the Subdivision and Site Plan Committee shall grant an informal review of a concept plan for a development for which the applicant intends to prepare and submit an application for development. The purpose of the concept plan is to provide the Planning Board or Subdivision and Site Plan Committee input in the formative stages of subdivision and/or site plan design.
B. 
Applicants seeking concept plan informal review shall notify the administrative officer at least four weeks prior to the meeting of the Board. The administrative officer shall thereafter notify the developer of the time and place which has been scheduled by the Planning Board for the informal review.
C. 
The applicant will be charged the fee established by ordinance for concept plan review.
D. 
The applicant shall not be bound by any concept plan for which review is requested nor shall the Planning Board or Subdivision and Site Plan Committee be bound by any such review.
A. 
Filing. The applicant shall submit 15 copies of all required exhibits as set forth under the appropriate subdivision review stage of this article together with an application form and all applicable fees to the administrative officer. The time for the Board's review shall not begin to run until the application is deemed to be complete and all required fees are posted.
B. 
Referral. The administrative officer shall forward, upon receipt of a subdivision application in proper form with requisite fees, one copy of the application to the Township Engineer for his preliminary determination of completeness and classification of the subdivision. The Township Engineer shall report back to the administrative officer within 15 days of the filing date whether the application is complete or noting items omitted or other deviations of ordinances. If the application is deemed to be complete, the administrative officer shall distribute copies as stipulated within this chapter for the appropriate subdivision review state. The Planning Board may also designate other local or higher governmental agencies to receive copies of any application for review and recommendation beyond those agencies stipulated in this chapter. If the application is found to be incomplete or in violation of any applicable codes and ordinances, the applicant shall be notified, by certified mail, as to the items omitted or other deviations of ordinances.
C. 
Classification. The administrative officer shall classify the application as either a minor or major subdivision and may confer with the Township Attorney, Engineer or Planner in making this determination.
The Subdivision Committee shall review the complete application and report back to the Planning Board within 30 days after the filing date of an application. In the event that during its review of an application it is found by the Planning Board to be incomplete or in violation of any applicable codes or ordinances, the applicant shall be notified by the administrative officer within 45 days of the official receipt of the application, by certified mail, as to the items omitted or ordinances violated.
A. 
Map details. All maps or other documents submitted for subdivision plat review shall contain the following information in addition to specific plat details as required for each approval stage noted herein:
(1) 
Title and location of the property.
(2) 
Name and address of landowner and applicant, if a corporation is landowner or applicant, the principal office and name of president and secretary shall be included.
(3) 
Name, address and professional license number and seal of the professional preparing documents and drawings. All plats, except those prepared at the concept stage, shall be signed and sealed by a licensed land surveyor of the State of New Jersey.
(4) 
Place for signature of the Chairman and Secretary of the Planning Board.
(5) 
Date of plat and any modifications thereto.
(6) 
The following legends shall be on the plat map:
(a) 
Minor or preliminary or final.
SUBDIVISION OF _____ LOT _____ BLOCK _____ ZONE _____ DATE _____ SCALE _____ APPLICANT _____ ADDRESS _____ SUBDIVISION CONTROL NO. _____
(b) 
I CONSENT TO THE FILING OF THIS SUBDIVISION PLAT WITH THE Planning Board OF Carneys Point Township.
    (owner)
(Date)
(c) 
To be signed before issuance of a building permit and incorporated only on a final plat of a major subdivision:
I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT ALL THE REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED OR A BOND POSTED IN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE CODES AND ORDINANCES.
(If Improvements Installed)
(Township Engineer)
(Date)
(If Bond Posted)
    (Township Clerk)
(Date)
    Building Permit Issued
(Date)
(d) 
To be incorporated on final plat for major or minor plat and signed prior to issuance of a building permit:
VERIFICATION THAT PAYMENT OF MUNICIPAL TAXES OR ASSESSMENTS IS CURRENT.
    (Township Clerk)
(Date)
(e) 
The appropriate approval signature block to be incorporated depending on whether subdivision is a minor or a major:
[1]
Minor Subdivision Approved
(Date of Board Approval)
    (Chairman)
(Date)
    (Planning Board
        Secretary)
(Date)
Deed to subdivision must be filed with County Clerk within 190 days of date of Board approval.
[2]
Major Subdivision Approved (Preliminary or Final)
    (Date of Board Approval)
    (Chairman)
(Date)
    (Planning Board
       Secretary)
(Date)
(f) 
EXPIRATION OF APPROVAL.
[1] 
Major: Preliminary — 3 years; Final — 2 Years; or
[2] 
Minor: 2 Years.
    Date (without extensions)
B. 
Other information. The Planning Board may require such additional information not specified in this chapter, or any revisions in the accompanying documents, as are reasonably necessary to make an informed decision as to whether the requirements necessary for approval of the application for development have been met. The application shall not be deemed incomplete for lack of any such additional information or any revisions in the accompanying documents so required by the municipal agency.
A. 
Information and documents required to comply with other local, County, state or federal rules and regulations shall be submitted as part of an application for subdivision approval and may be used to comply with subdivision submission requirements for particular stages as applicable.
B. 
Waiver of information required. The Planning Board may waive submission of any required exhibits in appropriate cases and for specific subdivision plats. Request for such waivers shall accompany a subdivision application, stating the reasons why such waiver(s) is being requested.
A. 
Objectives of submission. The concept plan may be submitted so that it can be informally reviewed to determine the plan's general compliance with applicable Township ordinances and design requirements as set forth herein. Also, the submission may form the basis for classification by the Planning Board of the plan as a major or minor subdivision.
B. 
Application. Fifteen of the minor subdivision plat, an application in a form approved by the Planning Board and the requisite fee shall be delivered to the administrative officer in accordance with the procedures set forth herein.
C. 
Minor subdivision plat details. The minor subdivision plat, notwithstanding any other requirement stipulated by this chapter, shall contain the following information, except that the Planning Board may waive any requirement or request additional information where it is clearly appropriate to the particular application:
(1) 
All plats shall be based on accurate information at a scale of not more than one inch equals 100 feet to enable the entire tract to be shown on one sheet.
(2) 
A location map showing the entire tract to be subdivided, giving the accurate location of all existing and proposed property and street lines, at a scale of one inch equals 1,000 feet or larger scale, showing the entire subdivision and its relation to all features shown on the Official Map and Master Plan sand located within 1/2 mile of the extreme limits of the subdivision, and the zoning classification of the proposed subdivision and of adjacent land.
(3) 
The location of existing houses, buildings and other structures with accurate dimensions from all existing and proposed lot lines, wooded areas and isolated trees more than five inches in diameter and topography within the portion to be subdivided and within 200 feet thereof at twenty-foot, or smaller, contour intervals. (USGS topographic quadrant map series are acceptable for topography at this stage.)
(4) 
The name and address of the owner, the subdivider, the person preparing the plat, all adjoining property owners and those across existing or proposed streets as disclosed by the most recent Township tax records.
(5) 
The Tax Map sheet, date of revision, block and lot numbers and zone district of the tract proposed to be subdivided.
(6) 
The location of existing or proposed streets, roads, easements, public rights-of-way, streams, bridges, culverts, drainage ditches and natural watercourses in and within 500 feet of the subdivision. Also, indicate all Master Plan proposals on-site or off-tract within 500 feet of the proposed subdivision. In assembling the required data, the applicant shall be required to rely only on existing information available from the Master Plan documents, natural resource inventory and engineering data available from the Township Engineer.
(7) 
The original and proposed lot layout, lot dimensions, all required setback lines and lot area of each lot in square feet and acreage. Lots shall be designated by letters for minor subdivisions and by consecutive numbers for major subdivisions until given official lot number designations by the Township Engineer.
(8) 
The drawing scale, North arrow and, as applicable, date of original preparation and date of revision, if any, of plat, as well as old name, if submitted previously under different title.
(9) 
The proposed location of any driveways or other entrances onto a public street.
(10) 
Acreage of the entire tract and the area of each lot to be conveyed, created or reserved estimated to the nearest tenth of an acre.
(11) 
A landscape plan, prepared by a qualified professional, showing existing structure and existing woodlands, isolated trees greater than five inches in caliper, existing topographic contours and all other natural features.
(12) 
An aerial photograph on the drawings with the site boundaries outlined to evaluate the effects upon existing vegetation and surrounding land uses.
(13) 
A certificate from the Tax Collector that all taxes are paid to date.
(14) 
All required front, side and rear setback lines and any other areas restricted by municipal zoning regulations.
(15) 
For all applications involving the creation of more than two lots, plot elevations on lot corners and for any application where found necessary by the Planning Board, sufficient topographic information for a proper determination of requirements but not exceeding the topographic information requirement applicable to preliminary major subdivision applications.
(16) 
For any application, where found necessary by the Planning Board to assure that there is no adverse effect upon the development or provision of access to the remainder of the tract, a rough indication of an acceptable layout of the remainder of the tract.
(17) 
The location of any municipal boundary lines within 200 feet of the subdivision.
D. 
Plat approval, minor subdivision.
(1) 
Distribution. If classified as a minor subdivision, one copy of the plat shall be retained for the Planning Board file and one copy of the plat shall be forwarded by the administrative officer to each of the following for review and comment:
(a) 
Township Planning Board.
(b) 
Township Engineer.
(c) 
Township Planner.
(d) 
County Board of Health.
(e) 
County Planning Board.
(f) 
Township Construction Official.
(g) 
Township Clerk.
(h) 
Township Zoning Officer.
(i) 
Township Tax Assessor.
(j) 
Planning Board Attorney.
(k) 
Other agencies as may be determined by the Planning Board [e.g., Secretary of School Board, Clerk of adjoining Township, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), etc.].
(2) 
Action. The Planning Board shall act within 45 days of the filing date of a complete application for a minor subdivision. Further, the Planning Board shall have the right to approve the subdivision by a majority vote. If approved, a notation to the effect shall be made on the plat, and it shall be signed by the Planning Board Chairman and the Planning Board Secretary and returned to the subdivider within one week following the meeting of the Planning Board at which official action was taken. If rejected, the reasons for rejection shall be noted on all copies of the application form, one of which shall be returned to the applicant. The Planning Board may attach conditions of approval to any minor subdivision.
(3) 
Filing with County recording officer. If approved as a minor subdivision, a plat drawn in compliance with Chapter 141 of the Laws of 1960[1] or a deed stamped with the date of the Planning Board approval shall be filed by the subdivider with the County recording officer within 190 days from the date of approval. Failure to file within 190 days shall void said subdivision approval.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.
(4) 
Limit of minor subdivision. No minor subdivision shall be approved by the Planning Board if any minor subdivision has already been made from the same original parcel within the past six years. This limitation prohibits the further minor subdivision of an original tract of land from which a minor subdivision has been approved. It also prohibits the further minor subdivision of the new lot created from such a minor subdivision.
(5) 
Approved minor subdivisions; municipal distribution. Before the Construction Official issues a building permit for the approved minor subdivision, the applicant shall provide the administrative officer with a certificate of filing from the County Clerk's office. The administrative officer shall distribute copies of the approved subdivision to each of the following:
(a) 
Township Engineer: 2 prints.
(b) 
Applicant: 1 print.
(c) 
Construction Official, for each lot and block: 1 print.
(d) 
Tax Assessor: 1 print.
(e) 
County Planning Board: 1 print.
(f) 
Planning Board file: 1 print.
(6) 
Effect of minor subdivision approval. The granting of minor subdivision approval shall guarantee that the zoning requirements and general terms and conditions, whether conditional or otherwise, upon which minor subdivision approval was granted shall not be changed for a period of two years after the date of minor subdivision approval, provided that the approved minor subdivision shall have been duly recorded as provided herein. Applicants shall be responsible for necessary approvals prior to development as may be required by other Township codes and ordinances.
E. 
Concept plan review, major subdivision.
(1) 
Distribution. If classified as a major subdivision, one copy of the plat shall be retained by the Township Planning Board and one copy of the plat shall be forwarded by the administrative officer to each of the following for review and comment:
(a) 
Township Subdivision Committee.
(b) 
Township Engineer.
(c) 
Township Planner.
(d) 
County Board of Health.
(e) 
County Planning Board.
(f) 
Township Fire Protection Official.
(g) 
Township Clerk.
(h) 
Township Zoning Officer.
(i) 
Township Tax Assessor.
(j) 
Other agencies as may be determined by the Planning Board [e.g., Clerk of adjoining Township, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), etc.].
(2) 
Action. The Planning Board shall act upon a recommendation received from the Subdivision Committee at a scheduled public meeting. The Planning Board shall approve or disapprove the plan setting forth reasons therefor, and if approved, the applicant shall proceed onto preliminary plat approval stage as stipulated herein.
(3) 
Effect of concept plan approval, major subdivision. Concept plan approval shall be deemed to be approved by the Planning Board only of the concept presented by the plan. No vested rights shall accrue as the result of concept plan approval.
A. 
Objectives of submission. To transfer the general and approximate ideas of the concept plan more exactly to a precise base to verify their feasibility and merit before proceeding with detailed construction and engineering documents.
B. 
Application. Fifteen copies of the preliminary plat, an application in a form approved by the Planning Board and the requisite fee shall be delivered to the administrative officer in accordance with the procedures set forth herein.
C. 
Preliminary plat details. The preliminary plat, notwithstanding any other requirement stipulated by this chapter, shall be clearly and legibly drawn or reproduced at a scale of not less than one inch equals 50 feet by a licensed New Jersey land surveyor or licensed New Jersey engineer and shall contain or be accompanied by the following information, except that the Planning Board may waive any requirement or request additional information where it is clearly appropriate to the particular application:
(1) 
A key map at a scale not smaller than one inch equals 1,000 feet showing the relation of the portion to be subdivided to the entire tract and the relation of the entire tract to the neighborhood for at least 1,000 feet beyond its boundaries.
(2) 
The tract name, Tax Map sheet, block and lot number, date reference meridian, graphic scale and the following names and addresses:
(a) 
Name and address of record owner or owners.
(b) 
Name and address of the subdivider and if a partnership or corporation, names of all individuals having more than 10% ownership.
(c) 
Name and address of person who prepared plat.
(d) 
Names of adjacent and facing owners.
(3) 
Acreage of tract to be subdivided to nearest tenth of an acre.
(4) 
Contours at five-foot intervals for slopes averaging 10% or greater, at two-foot intervals for slopes between 5% and 10% and at one-foot intervals for slopes less than 5% shall be required. Elevations or contours need not be shown, however, for any parcel to be retained by the subdivider in excess of three acres for agricultural purposes if the Planning Board, on the recommendation of the Township Engineer, finds that they are not necessary to evaluate the effect of drainage onto or away from the areas to be conveyed or to determine the proper location of roads, drainageways, structures or improvements relating to the subdivision. Contours shall be in the United States Coast and Geodetic Control Survey Datum. At least two permanent bench marks for each 50 acres or portion thereof shall be established on opposite ends of the proposed subdivision, and their locations, descriptions and elevations shall be noted on the preliminary plat. For preliminary applications only, the applicant may rely on existing topographic information on file in the Township Engineer's office, provided that there have been no major chances in the site's topography and that if requested by the Township Engineer, specific portions of the site topography will be updated if required, at the applicant's expense, to approve the project's stormwater control drainage plan.
(5) 
The location of existing and required setback lines, streets within 200 feet of the subdivision, the location of existing and proposed buildings, watercourses, floodplains, railroads, bridges, culverts, drain pipes and all natural features, such as wooded areas and rock formations. Also indicate all Township Master Plan proposals on-site or off-tract within 500 feet of the proposed subdivision.
(6) 
When a public sewage disposal system is not available, the current rules, regulations and procedures of the County Board of Health shall be followed in submission of sufficient percolation test and soil log data that will enable the Board of Health to make a recommendation to the Township Planning Board. An adverse report by the Board of Health shall be deemed as sufficient grounds for the Planning Board to disapprove said subdivision or portion thereof. The Planning Board will not reconsider any subdivision, or portion thereof, so disapproved until the requirements of the Board of Health are met.
(7) 
A copy of any protective covenants or deed restrictions applying to the land being subdivided shall be submitted with the preliminary plat.
(8) 
Preliminary plans and profiles at a scale of not more than one inch equals 50 feet horizontally and one inch equals five feet vertically showing proposed utility layouts (sanitary sewers, storm drains, water, gas, electric, detention basins, etc.) showing feasible connections to existing or proposed utility systems; and cross sections and center-line profiles of streets within the subdivision and existing streets which abut the subdivision. Locations of fire hydrants and streetlights shall be established with the aid of the Township Fire Protection Official and the Township Engineer, respectively.
(9) 
The proposed names of all streets within the subdivision shall be shown and shall be subject to approval by the Planning Board.
(10) 
Each block and lot shall be numbered in accordance with the system of numbers which will ultimately be the numbers shown on the Township Tax Map.
(11) 
A preliminary drainage plan and profiles at a scale of one inch equals 50 feet horizontally and one inch equals five feet vertically shall be submitted which shall show the existing contours; proposed finished grade elevations at street intersections and breaks in grade; proposed rates of grades of streets; locations of drainage subbasin limits; proposed method of block drainage, including proposed (down) slope arrows; and all drainage systems and structures, including sizes and invert and casting elevations. The plan shall be accompanied by a set of drainage computations certified by a professional engineer. Where brook or stream channel improvements are proposed or required, the plans for such improvement shall be approved by the State Department of Environmental Protection or the Salem County Planning Board, where applicable.
(12) 
All proposed lot lines, dimensioned in feet and tenths, and the approximate area of all lots in square feet as well as any open spaces proposed to be dedicated for public use.
(13) 
When the development of the subdivision or improvements within the subdivision are contingent upon improvements outside the boundaries of said subdivision, information shall be supplied by the subdivider prior to Planning Board consideration for preliminary approval that the improvements outside the subdivision shall be installed and shall be available to the subdivider prior to the issuance of any certificate of occupancy for the project or phase of a project that is the subject of a development application.
(14) 
Any open space proposed to be dedicated for public use or playgrounds or other public purpose and the location and use of all such property shall be shown on the plat.
(15) 
When deemed necessary to determine the suitability of the soil to support new construction, the Planning Board may require, as a condition of final approval, test holes or borings to be made by a New Jersey licensed engineer or an approved testing laboratory at the expense of the subdivider under the direction of the Township Engineer, prior to the commencement of construction.
(16) 
Statement accompanying preliminary plat indicating type of structure(s) to be erected, approximate date of construction start and a tentative section plan for the entire subdivision indicating the estimated number of lots on which final approval will be requested for the first section.
(17) 
The location(s) of utility poles, distance(s) from intersections and illumination factors for all streetlighting.
(18) 
A traffic signage plan in conformance with accepted engineering standards.
(19) 
The location of all specimen trees having a diameter in excess of 24 inches.
(20) 
Any structure of historic significance within 200 feet of the subdivision and a statement of the impact of the development on the historic structure.
(21) 
Watercourses. All existing and proposed watercourses shall be shown accompanied by the following information:
(a) 
When a stream is proposed for alteration, improvement or relocation or when a drainage structure or fill is proposed within the floodway of an existing stream, evidence of submission of the improvement to the NJDEP, Division of Water Resources, shall accompany the subdivision.
(b) 
Cross sections of watercourses and/or drainage swales at an appropriate scale showing the extent of the floodplain, the top of the bank, the normal water level and the bottom elevations at the following locations:
[1] 
At any point where a watercourse crosses the boundary of a subdivision.
[2] 
At fifty-foot intervals for a distance of 300 feet upstream and downstream of any proposed culvert or bridge within or adjacent to the subdivision.
[3] 
Immediately upstream and downstream of any point or junction of two or more watercourses.
[4] 
At a maximum of three-hundred-foot intervals along all watercourses which run through or adjacent to the subdivision.
(c) 
When ditches, streams, brooks or watercourses are to be altered, improved or relocated, the method of stabilizing slopes and the measures to control erosion and siltation as well as typical cross sections and profiles shall be shown on the plat or accompany it.
(d) 
The boundaries of the floodplains within or adjacent to the subdivision.
(22) 
On-site sewage disposal. The results and location of all percolation tests and test boring shall be shown on the plat. At a minimum, a test boring and percolation test shall be taken for every four lots. When deemed necessary by the Planning Board to determine the suitability of the soil to support new construction, further percolation tests shall be submitted. Any subdivision or part thereof which does not meet established sewage treatment requirements shall not be approved, unless the proposed remedy to overcome such a situation is approved by the appropriate local, County or state agencies.
(23) 
The appropriate locations of all front property corners shall be staked out and identified in the field to clearly identify the bounds of all new lots.
(24) 
The locations of any and all wetland areas and required wetlands transition areas or buffers within the proposed development as required under the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act rules, N.J.A.C. 7:7A, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, or a letter of interpretation from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection indicating that the proposed activity within the subdivision requires no wetlands permit or delineation.
D. 
Preliminary plat review. Within 45 days of the submission to the administrative officer of a complete subdivision plat application for 10 lots or fewer or within 95 days of submission of a complete application for a subdivision application of more than 10 lots or within such further time as may be agreed upon by the developer, the Planning Board shall act upon the application.
(1) 
Distribution. Upon receipt of a complete application, the administrative officer shall submit one copy to each member of the Subdivision Committee and one copy of the application to the following professionals and boards:
(a) 
Township Engineer.
(b) 
Township Planner.
(c) 
Township Chief of Police.
(d) 
Township Fire Protection Official.
(e) 
Township Clerk.
(f) 
Township Zoning Officer.
(g) 
Salem County Planning Board and other agencies, where applicable (e.g., NJDOT, Clerk of adjoining Township, Secretary of School Board, etc.)
(h) 
Such other boards, agencies or professionals as the Planning Board may deem necessary or which may be required to be notified by law.
E. 
Preliminary plat hearing. All actions of the Planning Board on preliminary subdivision plats shall be at a public hearing. Public notice of an application as required by N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12 will be required for all major subdivision plats. Applicants for major subdivision plats requiring variances by the Planning Board shall also be required to provide public notice of application.
F. 
Preliminary plat action. In accordance with the times stipulated in § 185-16D, the Planning Board shall, by resolution, approve, disapprove or conditionally approve the preliminary plat, stating reasons for any disapproval.
G. 
Decisions of Planning Board. See N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10 for decisions on subdivision plat application under varying procedural conditions.
H. 
Effect of preliminary approval. Preliminary approval of a subdivision plat shall, except as provided in § 185-161 herein, confer upon the applicant the following rights for a three-year period from the date of the preliminary approval:
(1) 
That the general terms and conditions on which preliminary approval was granted shall not be changed, including but not limited to use requirements, layout and design standards for streets, curbs and sidewalks; lot size; yard dimensions and on-site and off-tract improvements; and any requirements peculiar to the specific subdivision plat. The Township may modify by ordinance, such general terms and conditions of preliminary approval as they relate to public health and safety, provided that such modifications are in accord with amendments adopted by ordinance subsequent to approval.
(2) 
That the applicant may submit for final approval on or before the expiration date of preliminary approval the whole or a section or sections of the preliminary subdivision plat.
I. 
Extension of preliminary approval. The applicant may apply for and the Planning Board may grant extensions on such preliminary approval for additional periods of at least one year but not to exceed a total extension of two years, provided that if the design standards have been revised by ordinance, such revised standards may govern. In the case of a subdivision plat for an area of 50 acres or more, the Planning Board may grant the rights referred to above for such period of time, longer than three years, as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable taking into consideration the number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area permissible under preliminary approval, economic conditions and the comprehensiveness of the development. The applicant may apply for thereafter and the Planning Board may thereafter grant an extension to preliminary approval for such additional period of time as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable taking into consideration the number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area permissible under preliminary approval, the potential number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area of the section or sections awaiting final approval, economic conditions and the comprehensiveness of the development, provided that if the design standards have been revised, such revised standards may govern.
J. 
Variances; Planning Board review in lieu of Board of Adjustment. The Planning Board, when reviewing applications for subdivision plats, shall have the power to grant, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions as the Board of Adjustment, variances from lot area, lot dimensions, setback and yard requirements, provided that relief shall not be granted for more than one lot.
K. 
Approved preliminary plat; municipal distribution. The administrative officer shall distribute copies of the approved preliminary plat with construction plans to each of the following:
(1) 
Township Engineer: 1 print.
(2) 
Applicant: 1 print.
(3) 
Planning Board file: 1 print.
A. 
Objectives of review. The final plat shall be reviewed to determine whether the construction documents to be utilized in construction of the project substantially conform with the approved preliminary plat and to assure proper posting of performance and maintenance bonds.
B. 
Application. Fifteen copies of the final plat, an application in a form approved by the Planning Board and the requisite fee shall be delivered to the administrative officer. The final plat shall be submitted to the Planning Board for final approval within three years from the date of preliminary plat approval or within such extension as provided herein.
C. 
Final plat details. The final plat, notwithstanding any other requirements stipulated by this chapter or other Township ordinances, shall be drawn in ink on tracing cloth, Mylar or equal at a scale of not less than one inch equals 50 feet, except where otherwise permitted by the Planning Board and in compliance with all the provisions of Chapter 141 of the Laws of 1960 (Map Filing Law).[1] The final plat shall be submitted in the following form: the original tracing, one translucent tracing cloth copy, two cloth prints and 10 black-on-white prints. The final plat shall contain or be accompanied by:
(1) 
Date, name and location of the subdivision, name of owner, graphic scale and reference meridian.
(2) 
Tract boundary lines, right-of-way lines of streets, street names, easements and other rights-of-way, land reserved or dedicated to public use, all lot lines and other site lines, with accurate dimensions, bearings or deflection angles and radii, arcs and central angles of all curves.
(3) 
The purpose of any easement or land reserved or dedicated to public use shall be designated, and the proposed use of sites other than residential shall be noted.
(4) 
Each block and lot shall be numbered in accordance with the system of numbers which will ultimately be the numbers shown on the Township Tax Map.
(5) 
Location and description of all monuments.
(6) 
Names of owners of adjoining unsubdivided land.
(7) 
Certification by a land surveyor or engineer licensed in the State of New Jersey as to accuracy of details of plat.
(8) 
Certification that the applicant is agent or owner of the land or that the owner has given consent under an option agreement.
(9) 
When approval of a plat is required by any officer or body of such municipality, County or state, approval shall be certified on the plat.
(10) 
Township Engineer.
(a) 
A statement by the Township Engineer that he is in receipt of final construction plans and profiles showing proposed utility layouts (sanitary sewers, storm drains, water, gas, electric, detention basins, etc.) showing connections to existing or proposed utility systems and that the subdivider has complied with one or both of the following:
[1] 
Installed all improvements in accordance with the requirements of these regulations; or
[2] 
Filed a performance guaranty which has been approved by the Township Solicitor and is in sufficient amount to assure the completion of all required improvements. The provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53 shall govern said bonds and the completion, inspection and approval of said improvements and the payment of inspection fees.
(b) 
Cross sections and profiles of streets may be required by the Township Engineer.
(11) 
A final drainage plan shall accompany the final plat. Such drainage plan shall show the same information as required on the preliminary plat with the addition that the individual lot grading shall be shown as follows: Final grades shall be shown for each lot corner, all high and low points and breaks in grade and at the corners of tentative house locations. If it is intended to use drainage swales, the elevation of these swales shall be shown.
(12) 
A soil erosion control plan and narrative shall accompany the final plat. Such soil erosion control plan shall show the same information as required on the final drainage plan and soil erosion control measures conforming with the Township's Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance. The soil erosion control plan and the final drainage plan may be combined as one plan.
(13) 
As a condition precedent to the issuance of certificates of occupancy, pursuant to the Township building code, the developer's engineer shall submit an as-built lot grading plan to the Construction Official bearing a certification that the lot grading complies with the approved final lot grading and soil erosion control plans.
(14) 
The location of any municipal boundary lines within 200 feet of the subdivision.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.
D. 
Final plat review.
(1) 
Distribution. The administrative officer shall submit one copy to each member of the Subdivision Committee and one copy to each of those professionals and boards or agencies having received a copy of the preliminary plat.
(2) 
Review. The professionals and boards or agencies shall have a period of 30 days after the filing date of the final plat to make a report and recommendation concerning the final plat. The Planning Board shall have the right to proceed in the absence of any such recommendation.
(3) 
Within 45 days after the filing date of a complete final plat application, or within such further time as may be agreed upon by the applicant, the Planning Board shall approve the application for final plat approval, with or without conditions, provided that the following requirements are met:
(a) 
The detailed drawings and specifications meet all applicable Township codes and ordinances.
(b) 
The final plats are substantially the same as the approved preliminary plats.
(c) 
Bonds have been posted to ensure the installation of all improvements.
(d) 
The applicant agrees, in writing, to all conditions of final approval.
(e) 
Proof has been submitted that all taxes and assessments for local improvements on the property have been paid.
E. 
Final plat hearing. Planning Board action shall take place at a public meeting. No public notice of the application shall be required.
F. 
Decision of Planning Board. Decisions shall be as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10 for decisions on subdivision applications under varying procedural conditions.
G. 
Effect of final approval. Final approval shall terminate the time period of preliminary approval for the section granted final approval and shall guarantee the applicant that the zoning requirements applicable to the preliminary approval and all other rights conferred upon applicant as part of preliminary approval shall not be changed for a period of two years after the date of final approval, provided that these rights shall expire if the plat has not been duly recorded within the time prescribed in § 185-17J herein.
H. 
Time limit for final approval and extensions. Final approval shall expire two years from the date of final approval unless the applicant has secured a building permit to commence construction. The Planning Board may extend final approval and the protection offered under § 185-17G herein for one year. Up to three such extensions may be granted. In the case of an open space or residential cluster of 50 acres or more or a conventional subdivision for 150 acres or more, the Planning Board may extend the rights granted under final approval for such period of time, longer than two years, as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable taking into consideration the number of dwelling units and nonresidential floor area permissible under final approval, economic conditions and the comprehensiveness of the development. The developer may apply for thereafter and the Planning Board may thereafter grant an extension of final approval for such additional period of time as shall be determined by the Planning Board to be reasonable taking into consideration the above factors.
I. 
County Planning Board approval. Any plat which requires County Planning Board approval, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:27-6.2, shall be forwarded to the County Planning Board for its action. The Planning Board may grant final approval subject to approval by the County Planning Board.
J. 
Filing of approved final plat. The final plat shall be filed by the subdivider with the County recording officer within 95 days from the date of such approval. If any final plat is not filed within that period, the approval shall expire. For good cause, the Planning Board may extend the time for the filing of the plat for an additional period not to exceed 95 days. No plat shall be accepted for filing by the Clerk of the County of Salem unless it has been duly approved by the Township of Carneys Point Planning Board and signed by its Chairman and Secretary.
K. 
Approved final plat; municipal distribution. Before the administrative officer returns any approved final plat to the subdivider or the Construction Official issues a building permit for the subdivision, the applicant shall provide the administrative officer with a certificate of filing from the County Clerk's office. The administrative officer shall distribute copies of the approved final plat as follows:
(1) 
Township Engineer: 1 polyester film and cloth print and 1 paper print.
(2) 
Tax Assessor: 1 print.
(3) 
Construction Official: 1 print.
(4) 
Township Clerk: 1 print.
(5) 
County Planning Board: 1 print.
(6) 
Planning Board file: 1 print.
A. 
The prospective purchaser, prospective mortgagee or any other person interested in any land which forms part of a subdivision or which formed part of such a subdivision three years preceding the effective date of this act may apply, in writing, to the administrative officer of the municipality for the issuance of a certificate certifying whether or not such subdivision has been approved by the Planning Board. Such application shall contain a diagram showing the location and dimension of the land to be covered by the certificate and the name of the owner thereof.
B. 
The administrative officer shall make and issue such certificate within 15 days after the receipt of such written application and the fees therefor. Said officer shall keep a duplicate copy of each certificate, consecutively numbered, including a statement of the fee charged, in a binder as a permanent record in his/her office.
C. 
Each such certificate shall be designated a "certificate as to approval of subdivision of land" and shall certify:
(1) 
Whether there exists in said municipality a duly established Planning Board and whether there is an ordinance controlling subdivision of land adopted under the authority of this chapter.
(2) 
Whether the subdivision, as it relates to the land shown in said application, has been approved by the Planning Board, and, if so, the date of such approval and any extensions and terms thereof, showing that subdivision of which the lands are a part is a validly existing subdivision.
(3) 
Whether such subdivision, if the same has not been approved, is statutorily exempt from the requirement of approval as provided in this chapter.
(4) 
The administrative officer shall be entitled to receive for such certificate issued a fee as stipulated in the Township's Fee Ordinance.