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Ordinances

Municipal Land Use Ordinances

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ANJEC has developed a database of over 1,000 environmental and land use ordinances from NJ municipalities. These ordinances are examples of approaches that have worked in all sizes and types of communities throughout the state. Click on the relevant topic to see a sample copy of the ordinance. Below are just a few examples. Contact the ANJEC Resource Center for help finding particular types of ordinances that are relevant to your town’s needs.

Disclaimer. These ordinances include a model and examples of approaches that have worked in other municipalities. Municipalities should modify them to reflect local environmental conditions, current regulations, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the environmental field.

Examples of environmentally protective ordinances

Aquifer Recharge – controls uses on lands that provide recharge for water supply.

Conservation Easement – covers stream and drainage, limits amount of land that can be covered by buildings, roads and other impervious use.

Construction recycling – requires recycling of a percentage of demolition debris.

Impervious Cover Limits – limits amount of land that can be covered by buildings, roads and other impervious uses.

Light Pollution – designed to reduce unnecessary sky glow and glare from excessive or misdirected outdoor lighting.

Open Space– requires a percentage of land in new subdivisions of a certain size to be designated as recreational or open space.

Steep Slope Protection – protects slopes over 15 percent, with prohibition of use above 25 percent to minimize erosion and sedimentation.

Stormwater Management and other ordinances to protect water quality.

Stream Corridor Protection – protects land along streams as an easier and more economic way to protect water quality than cleaning up impacts from degradation.

Threatened and Endangered Species Protection – requires more conscientious reporting on presence of T&E species in development applications.

Tree Protection – regulates tree removal, sets standards for replacement and reforestation.

Useable Area – requires that a minimum area of a lot being created for subdivision be free of environmentally critical areas- steep slopes, wetlands, and floodplains.

Wellhead Protection – covers steep slopes, stream buffer items, conservation, permitted and prohibited uses, non-conforming structures, uses and management.

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