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? Frequently Asked Questions ?

Historic Preservation
   Historic Preservation
      - What does local historic designation mean?
      - What will local historic designation cost me?
      - Why is my property being considered for local historic designation?
      - Will historic designation affect the value of my property?
      - Will my property be the first designation as historic in the Borough of Pompton Lakes?
      - Will my property rights be restricted by historic designation?
      - Will the Commission's decisions be final?
 
Municipal Court
   Municipal Court
      - Can I pay my traffic ticket on line?
 
Public Works
   Department of Public Works
      - Does the DPW pick the following up at curbside?
      - How do I dispose of paint cans?
      - If for some reason my garbage or recycling is not picked up, will the DPW come back and get it?
      - What should I do to have a refrigerator picked up?
      - Why wasn't my garbage picked up today?
      - Why weren't my paper products collected on paper pick up day?
 
Tax Collector
   Tax Collector
      - Do I need a receipt for tax payments?
 
Zoning Board
   Zoning Board of Adjustment
      - Do I need a fence permit to replace an existing fence?
      - How long does the whole variance process take?
      - I live on a corner lot. Why do I have to get a variance to erect a 6 ft. fence in my side yard?
      - I want to put an addition on my house and received a letter of denial. I was told I would need to get a variance. What is a variance?
      - I want to put an addition on my house and was told that I would have to go for zoning first. What does that mean?
      - My driveway is n terrible condition and I wold like to have it repaved. I am also thinking of expanding it a little because my son will be driving soon and will need a parking space. Do I need a permit?
 


Historic Preservation To Top
    Historic Preservation
          What does local historic designation mean?
Designation means that your property has been recognized as a valuable and unique part of our cultural and historic heritage.  On a practical level, it means that any building permit for exterior modification or demolition will have to come before the commission for consideration and possible modification.


          What will local historic designation cost me?
No one can answer that question, since the effect of historic designation on any planned modifications can only be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  the commission shares your desire to maintain the character of your property, and will work with you to see that this is done in a cost effective manner.


          Why is my property being considered for local historic designation?
Certainly one of the factors you considered when buying your home was its architectural style, especially how it looks from the street.  This style adds to the streetscape of your neighborhood and the general character of our community.  Historic designation provides a way for you to protect this valuable cultural asset, and a way for the community to express its interest in it.


          Will historic designation affect the value of my property?

Some large real estate brokers have divisions that specialize in marketing historic homes.  There is a segment of the market that places extra value on such properties.  However, there is no consensus among real estate professionals on this issue.



          Will my property be the first designation as historic in the Borough of Pompton Lakes?

As of 2008, Pompton Lakes has 14 designated local historic properties.  They inclulde the Einstein Memorial Library, PL High School, Lenox School, the Post Office, the Train Station and 33 Ramapo Avenue to name a few.  All designated properties are listed in the Borough's Master Plan.



          Will my property rights be restricted by historic designation?
Historic preservation is a required part of our Master Plan and often called overlay zoning.  Other aspects of zoning place restrictions on your property rights.  For example, they determine how much of your lot can be occupied with a building, and how close to a property line a building can be.  The object of historic designation is to preserve the historic character of your property, the Commission will consider how your plans meet these objects.


          Will the Commission's decisions be final?

The Commission recommends properties to the Planning Board, which after proper published legal notice and a public hearing, decides if designation should be granted.  The Planning Board's decision may be appealed to the Mayor and Council.  Commission decisions on buildilng permits may be appealed to the Planning Board.



 
Municipal Court To Top
    Municipal Court
          Can I pay my traffic ticket on line?

Some traffic tickets can be paid on line by logging on to www.njcourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/





 
Public Works To Top
    Department of Public Works
          Does the DPW pick the following up at curbside?
Grass Clippings
     No, you must cut and leave youir grass clippings or bring it to the Recycling Center which is open Monday-Saturday - 7:30am-3:30pm

Tires or Batteries
     No, you must bring these items to the Recycling Center.  The cost of disposal of tires is $2.50 each and $5.00 each if on the rims.


          How do I dispose of paint cans?
The County holds a hazardous waste day 2-3 times a year. You can call the County Recycling Resource Center at 973-305-5738 to find the times and dates to bring these items in.

Also, if you open the paint cans and put kitty litter or speedy dry in them, and let them dry out, we will collect them from you on your garbage day.  BUT THEY MUST BE DRIED OUT AND PUT INTO PLASTIC BAGS FOR DISPOSAL.


          If for some reason my garbage or recycling is not picked up, will the DPW come back and get it?
No, the DPW would not be able to finish collection for the day if they had to come back.


          What should I do to have a refrigerator picked up?
First, you must make sure that the refrigerator door is removed.  This is the law.
Then, you must call 973-835-3524 and leave your information for collection.  The item will be picked up within 24-48 hours.


          Why wasn't my garbage picked up today?
(1)  Did you put it out after 6:30am on the day of collection? If so, it will not be collected.
(2)  Is your garbage container an approved container?  It must be no larger than 37 gallons and weigh no more than 60 lbs.
It must also have handles on it.  Many stores are selling containers with wheels that are between 45-90 gallons.  These cans will NOT be picked up.
(3)  Did your container have recycling material mixed in with the garbage?
(4)  Was your garbage put out on the correct day for your area?


          Why weren't my paper products collected on paper pick up day?
Most likely, the paper was put in plastic shopping bags or some other container that was not permitted.  You cannot put paper products in plastic bags.  They must be tied and you must bundle them.


 
Tax Collector To Top
    Tax Collector
          Do I need a receipt for tax payments?
When remitting tax payments, it is not always necessary to obtain a receipt from our validating machine.  Your canceled check will act as a receipt.  However, if you remit your payment with cash and desire a receipt, or specifically request a receipt for your records, please tell the cashier prior to her validating your payment.  You may, at any time, request a printout of your account showing a history of your tax records.  There will be a charge of $1.50 per page of the printout.


 
Zoning Board To Top
    Zoning Board of Adjustment
          Do I need a fence permit to replace an existing fence?
Yes, you do.  Even if you are replacing an existing fence in kind, it is necessary for you to obtain a fence permit.  In order to receive a permit you must first submit a zoning application along with a copy of your survey showing the placement, type, and height of your fence.  Once that has been approved for zoning, a $25.00 fence permit will be issued.


          How long does the whole variance process take?
The Board of Adjustment hearings are held the fourth tuesday of every month.  There is a 20 day deadline prior to that date in submitting your application.  Should you receive approval for your project at that meeting, you wil be required to wait until the following month's meeting when the resolution will be memorialized by the Board.  There is an additional 45 day appeal period subsequent to this in which any interested party may appeal the decision of the Board; however, you may sign a waiver accepting responsibility should this happen.


          I live on a corner lot. Why do I have to get a variance to erect a 6 ft. fence in my side yard?
According to the zoning ordinance, any property that fronts a street is considered a front yard; therefore, a corner property comprises two front yards by zoning definition.  as defined in the ordinance, a fence in the front yard may be no higher than 3 ft. and must be 50% open such as a chain link or picket fence.


          I want to put an addition on my house and received a letter of denial. I was told I would need to get a variance. What is a variance?
A variance is the process by which relief may be given to the requirements of the municipal zoning ordinance.  By law, each municipality can set specific requirements with regards to land use which regulates the distances to property lines, height of structures, and building coverage on a lot.  If your project does not comply with any of these specific regulations, you have the right to seek a variance from the ordinance by making application to the Board of Adjustment.


          I want to put an addition on my house and was told that I would have to go for zoning first. What does that mean?
It means that you will need to receive approval from the Zoning Officer before proceeding with the construciton permit process.  The zoning application can be obtained at the Building Department and requires you to submit a copy of your survey showing where the proposed addition will be.  There is a $10.00 fee associated with the application.  The Zoning Officer will then review the proposed project to ensure that it meets the requirements of the zoning ordinance.  You will either receive an approval or a denial abased on those requirements.


          My driveway is n terrible condition and I wold like to have it repaved. I am also thinking of expanding it a little because my son will be driving soon and will need a parking space. Do I need a permit?
Yes, but first you will be required to seek zoning approval by filling out a zoning application which should be accompanied by a copy of your survey showing the area to be paved.  The fee for a zoning application is $10.00.  The zoning officer will determine if the proposed paving meets with the requirements of the ordinance before issuing the zoning permit.  Paving is limited to less that 50% of your front yard and must be at least 5 ft. from your side property lines.  The zoning permit is $25.00 


 


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