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Households will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. There are additional reminders to respond that will be mailed throughout the month. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If a household does not respond to the 2020 Census, a census taker will follow up in person to collect their response. This will occur between May-July.
The 2020 Census asks how many people are living or staying at each address. For each person, we ask about name, sex, age, date of birth, relationship, Hispanic origin, and race. We also will ask whether the housing unit, such as the house, apartment, or mobile home, is owned or rented, and for contact information in case additional information is needed. The 2020 Census is not asking citizenship status, your full social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party or your bank or credit card numbers.
By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. 2020 Census results will help in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census will also help to determine the number of seats that each state has in Congress.
We take our responsibility to protect your information very seriously. The Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 ensures that your data is protected from cybersecurity risks. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. By law, the Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. If you respond online, all web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy. If you respond using a paper questionnaire, your completed questionnaire will be destroyed after processing.
No. Your information is completely confidential and protected by law and cannot be shared with any other government agencies, including law enforcement or immigration officials. Federal law (U.S. Code Title 13, Section 9) protects your privacy and keeps your answers safe and secure. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics.
Yes. You can respond online in English and in 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
The online questionnaire conforms with the latest web accessibility guidelines. There will also be a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online.
You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.
The paper form can be completed in English or Spanish.
All Census Bureau workers carry official government badges that display a photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
It is an opportunity for households with low and moderate income, defined as 50% or less of median gross household income based on household size, or between 50% and 80% of median gross household income based on household size, respectively. In more general terms, to be eligible for an affordable unit, applicants must earn a limited amount of income and have limited assets to be qualified as either a low or moderate income household. Low or moderate income housing in the State of New Jersey is typically not “subsidized” housing.
Rental and sales prices are determined by methodologies which are approved by court order and are below-market rents or prices. The rent or sale price is based upon a percentage of the designated income limits that can reasonably be allocated to housing costs within a particular household size. Affordable units are individually owned or rented and managed by private companies. Regulations establish a specific bedroom mix for the affordable units consisting of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units.
Yes. New Jersey municipalities are required to plan, zone and provide a “realistic opportunity” through their last use ordinances for the development of affordable housing. Failing to meet these requirements, set forth under the Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Mt. Laurel Twp. (Mount Laurel) decision, can subject the Township to builder’s remedy lawsuits.
A builder’s remedy lawsuit allows a developer to file suit to have a specific piece of property chosen by the builder rezoned to allow for the opportunity to construct housing at higher densities than a municipality would otherwise allow, provided that the developer provides a set aside of units affordable to low and moderate income households. A developer is entitled to a builder's remedy if (1) it succeeds in Mount Laurel litigation; (2) it proposes a project with a substantial amount of affordable housing, and (3) the site is suitable, i.e. the municipality fails to meet its burden of proving that the site is environmentally constrained or construction of the project would represent bad planning. Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Mt. Laurel Twp., 92 N.J. 158, 279–80 (1983).
A successful developer in a builder's remedy suit is entitled to a court ordered zoning designation, including all aspects of zoning such as density, setbacks, building heights, lot coverage, etc. to accommodate its proposed inclusionary project. Municipalities in builder's remedy lawsuits may be held liable for the fees of a special master appointed by the court to assist in developing the zoning scheme on the affected property.
The only way a community can be protected from a builder’s remedy lawsuit is to take the initiative and prepare, approve and adopt a Housing Element and Fair Share Plan (HEFSP) that complies with the required obligations, submit that HEFSP to the court in a Declaratory Judgment action and receive a Judgment of Compliance/Repose from the Court. A Judgment of Compliance/Repose generally provides a ten-year period during which the Township would be protected from any future Builder Remedy Lawsuits so long as Millburn complies with the court approved HEFSP. Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Mt. Laurel Twp., 92 N.J. 158, 291-92 (1983). Because housing obligations have been developed for a discrete period (most recently, 1999-2015), the courts are taking the view that there is a uniform ten-year period during which Judgments of Compliance/Repose are effective, (effective to July 1, 2025, irrespective of when that Judgment is obtained.) Millburn Township adopted an HEFSP and filed its Declaratory Judgment action in court seeking a Judgment of Compliance and repose in March of 2018.
What is the Fair Share Housing Center?
The Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC) is a recognized affordable housing advocacy group that has been heavily involved in monitoring NJ municipalities’ efforts to comply with affordable housing obligations. They are “interested parties” in virtually all affordable housing litigation.
Yes, the Planning Board has adopted and the Township has endorsed a HEFSP. Millburn is pursuing a Declaratory Judgment action before the Superior Court in Essex County with the expectation that the court will grant it a Judgment of Compliance/Repose. Also, Millburn has sought and obtained from the court temporary immunity from future builder remedy lawsuits as the Township works its works its way through its Declaratory Judgment matter.
Link to plan: https://www.twp.millburn.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/3397/Master-Plan-Amendment-2018-PDF?bidId
Once a court determines that a municipality has not satisfied its constitutional obligations concerning the development of affordable housing, it is nearly impossible to “win” a subsequent builder’s remedy lawsuit. The municipality loses the presumption of validity of its zoning ordinances and the case proceeds with the underlying premise that the municipality is improperly preventing the development of affordable housing. As a result, when a builder’s remedy is granted, courts grant the developer the right to construct multi-family housing on its proposed site and relax the municipality’s density, height, bulk and setback standards as necessary to facilitate that development. In addition, that development will contain an affordable housing set-aside, typically between 15% and 20%. These decisions will be made by a judge upon the recommendation of a court-appointed master - not by Township officials.
The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) has failed to establish legally valid rules and numeric obligations for affordable housing since the second round of regulations expired in 1999. There have been numerous court battles between affordable housing advocates, the real estate developers' lobby, municipalities and COAH itself over how the rules should be formulated and the methodology by which local obligations should be established.
In March of 2015, the Supreme Court, after numerous attempts by COAH to establish legally acceptable rules and the methodology to calculate each municipality’s affordable housing obligation, took back jurisdiction over all affordable housing issues and returned to the county trial courts the responsibilities of determining methodology, affordable housing obligations and compliance with the constitutional obligations of providing, through its land use ordinances, a realistic opportunity to construct affordable housing. This order stripped COAH of its administrative powers and forced participating towns into a situation where they must attempt to determine their own obligations. This process is ongoing and will likely continue through trial and appeals courts for years to come.
No. Courts will not consider the economic impact to a municipality, whether the impact is on schools or other infrastructure or other services. Although the Township of Millburn and the Millburn Board of Education have concerns with respect to the adverse impact development will have on our schools and traffic, the State of New Jersey and trial courts do not allow us to consider these factors when calculating our affordable housing obligation. Infrastructure such as water and sewer capacity can be considered by the court.
As a litigation matter, the Township Committee discusses these issues in closed session meetings, in accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act. Those closed session discussions help preserve the Committee’s ability to discuss litigation strategy and any pending settlement negotiations without compromising its position in the litigation or in any settlement negotiations. The Township understands the public’s desire to learn about all aspects of this important issue as it is evolving, but since the matter involves litigation, the Township is constrained to discuss the matter only in closed session meetings.
There was public notice and a public hearing when the Planning Board adopted the HEFSP last year. Furthermore, the Court will conduct a Fairness Hearing on any settlement agreement that is approved by the Township in builder’s remedy litigation (or later in its Declaratory Judgment lawsuit), and the Court will also conduct a Compliance Hearing on the new HEFSP. Comments may also be provided directly to the Court as part of the Fairness and/or Compliance hearings. The dates and times of the court hearings are publically noticed. Any ordinances that are adopted by the Township in order to implement any settlement agreement and/or the HEFSP will be subject to a public hearing before the Township Committee.
We invite you to view the Affordable Housing Forum conducted on November 7th, 2017, where the Township Attorney, Planner, and Attorney for the Planning Board elaborate on these issues: https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/dOq9Id2CeToUfMBbg2VGYDWPZt1fbkIL/playlists/1091/media/305584
Developers who file a motion to intervene are asking the Court, which is handling affordable housing matters pertaining to a particular municipality, to be granted special status in the context of a Declaratory Judgment Action. The Court considers whether that potential intervenor can further advance the interests of low and moderate income households to obtain affordable housing, within the context of the Township’s Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. In Millburn’s case, temporary immunity has been granted to the municipality from builder’s remedy lawsuits while the Township pursues approval of its plan.
Information on the action taken by 85 Woodland Road, LLC., et al. v. Township of Millburn, et al. may be found in our Affordable Housing Timeline/Summary (PDF). Ordinance related to the action may be found here:
The goal of this ordinance is to reduce the barrier of entry for restaurants seeking to open in the downtown. Currently, a restaurant attempting to open within the same property as a previous restaurant must go before the Planning Board or the Zoning Board. This process becomes costly, as they generally incur legal and other professional expenses as well as delays to the opening of the business. Changing restaurants from a conditional to a principal use will reduce the burden on prospective restaurant owners seeking to open in the downtown.
Currently, a restaurant’s building in the B-4 zone must be more than 125 feet from the nearest lot line of a single family dwelling. There are five lots in the B-4 zone that abut a residential lot line. Eliminating this requirement eases the burden for restaurants seeking to open in these lots. The change to the setback requirement does not affect existing regulations for the B-3 and B-2 zones.
Yes! Summit, Westfield, and Cranford all specify restaurants as permitted uses in their downtown business districts.
No, restaurants must still comply with the remainder of the zoning code and other permitting requirements. This change solely adjusts their designation from a conditional use to a principal use. For example, the parking requirements for a new restaurant occupying the space of a former non-restaurant use must meet the parking requirements for that lot; if they don’t meet those specifications a Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued, and they must go before the Planning Board.
No, the ordinance specifically states that drive-thru windows will not be permitted.
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You must be a registered voter in order to apply. A voter may apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail up to 7 days prior to the election. They may also apply in person to the Essex County Clerk until 3 p.m. the day before the election. Note also that voters have an option of indicating on an application for a Mail-In Ballot that they would prefer to receive a ballot for each election that takes place during the remainder of the calendar year. Voters now have the option to automatically receive a Mail-In Ballot for each General Election. If such voter no longer wants this option, the Essex County Clerk's office must be notified in writing.
You can complete the Volunteer Interest Form (PDF) and print it, or you may call the Clerk’s office to have one mailed to you.
Police Records must be requested directly from the Police Department. Please send Police Department OPRA requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the folder "Ordinances Pending Codification" to view.
Yes, a permit is required from the Engineering Department to replace the curb/ sidewalk/driveway apron/gutter. The footings/forms must be inspected before concrete is placed. The permit fee is waived for replacement, but is $25 for new curb or sidewalk. For curb and gutter work, where the contractor will have to cut into the roadway, a road opening permit is also required from the Department of Public Works.
No, replacement of the sidewalk is the responsibility of the property owner. A sidewalk permit is required, and the property owner can call the Department of Public Works to cut the roots of the tree before the new sidewalk is constructed.
A sump pump pipe may be discharged on your property far enough away from the foundation of the house so that the water does not seep back toward the foundation wall. The end of any drain pipe must be at least ten (10) feet away from the property line, and cannot damage or create a nuisance on any neighboring property. The water can also be discharged into an underground detention system such as a French drain or a drywell. If the Township storm sewer system is available in the roadway, you may connect a drain pipe directly into a nearby inlet or the underground pipe in the roadway. Connection into the Township’s system requires a permit from the Department of Public Works. Under no circumstances should a sump pump be discharged into the roadway.
Yes, if the scope of your project includes adding impervious coverage, such as a pool, patio, or building addition greater than 200 square feet, than a grading permit will be required from the Engineering Department in addition to building permits. A grading permit enforces the Township ordinances that govern soil erosion and sediment control, as well as drainage and site grading on the property. Drywells, or some other form of underground water detention system, are required when the proposed impervious coverage exceeds 200 square feet. A grading permit is also required for re-grading projects greater than 500 square feet that change the level of the yard.
You must submit a site plan with topographic contours showing the existing grade and the proposed grade. The retaining wall requires a permit from both the Building Department and the Engineering Department. If the wall exceeds 4 feet in height, engineering calculations are required from a NJ licensed professional engineer. Maximum allowable wall height is 6 ft. in side and rear yards, and 2 ft. in a front yard.
The Township has also passed two ordinances that affect development on private property. One is the Protection of Steep Slopes passed in 2010 and the other is the Riparian Zone passed in 2011, found online in Articles 6 and 7 of the Zoning Code, respectively.
There are maps available for review in the Engineering Department which show recorded easements on private property for storm sewers and sanitary sewers. You are generally not permitted to construct any permanent structure, such as a wall, patio, or a building within an easement. Easements usually contain underground pipes, manholes and/or inlets that provide access to the Township for maintenance of the sewer system. A fence crossing an easement is often permitted as long as the owner signs an indemnification, or “Hold Harmless” agreement with the Township. In some locations, the easement is for an open channel that carries storm water runoff, such as a ditch, stream or stone lined channel. A fence may not be constructed across an open channel.
The Township does not have any records of easements for public utilities such as JCP&L or PSE&G, and does not have records of private easements that may be on your property, but these may show up on your property survey.
Millburn Township is a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Engineering Department has the Flood Insurance Rate Maps published by FEMA. The flood zones are delineated on the maps and are available for inspection at Town Hall or online at https://msc.fema.gov. The Township Engineering Department can tell you what zone you are in. Flood insurance may be required by the lending company if your property is located in a flood zone; however the Township is not involved in that decision.
The Township does not provide flood elevation certificates. That is a service that may only be performed by a New Jersey Professional Land Surveyor.
The Township does not maintain records of private property surveys. You should have received a copy of your survey with your deed when you purchased the property. If you need your survey and don’t have a current one, you will have to hire a professional land surveyor.
Property line disputes are not arbitrated by the Township. These are considered to be civil matters that must be settled by the parties involved for process through the court system.
No, a permit is not required unless you are relocating the driveway or increasing the size of the driveway. If that is the case, then you will need to apply for a zoning permit.
Water may flow onto your property from an adjacent lot because of natural topography, meaning that your lot is at a lower elevation, or servient, to the upland or dominant property. You cannot change that flow to the detriment of the owner of the higher property. You must continue to accept water which flows naturally from properties located at higher elevations, but you can make improvements on your property to control and redirect the water with a drainage system on your property. The engineering department can make suggestions to help your situation, but a more complex plan will require the services of a design professional and possibly a permit from the engineering department.
If the owner of the higher property alters conditions on his or her land which increases the burden of the water flowage onto the lower property, the engineering department will work with the upland owner and/or contractor to remedy the condition.
When a site is under construction, soil erosion and sediment control measures are required as a condition of the approved grading permit. If those measures have failed and mud has flowed from the site, the contractor or property owner is responsible for the cleanup, including any mud that flows into the roadway. There are two ways to report this problem, either call Engineering or submit a concern on the Township’s SDL Portal. Engineering will contact the contractor to ensure the site is in compliance with the Township ordinances and to clean up the affected area.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for cleaning out storm sewer pipes and inlets in the roadway as well as sanitary sewers. If you notice leaf and/or stick debris obstructing the surface of an inlet, at your discretion, you may remove any buildup to prevent further blockage.
NJ American Water Company and PSE&G have been working throughout the Township to replace, clean and reline the service pipes in the road. These projects usually last several months and during construction, cuts in the roadway are repaired with temporary patches. At the end of these projects, the Township works with the utility company to identify which roadways will be repaved and to what extent. Questions about the schedule of utility work or complaints during construction may be sent directly to the companies themselves.
Call 973-564-7043 to schedule your inspection. Home Inspections are done on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 9:30am. Once the inspection is completed and passed please call the above number to schedule your pick-up at Millburn Fire HQ, Administration Office. Payment is required for the certificate.
Fire suppression systems-sprinklers, standpipes, fire extinguishers and kitchen hood suppression systems all fall into this category and are required to be serviced/inspected annually. A service report from a servicing vendor is required to be forwarded to the Fire Prevention Division.
1. Property address which solar system is installed2. Name, address and contact information of the property owner (if different than occupant)3. The year the system was installed4. Number of photovoltaic system arrays5. Number of panels6. Location of solar photovoltaic system disconnect(s)7. Name, address and contact information of the installer responsible for service.
A building permit is required for everything that is not considered an ordinary repair or maintenance. Permits are required for finishing basements, decks, raised patios, swimming pools, renovating bathrooms & kitchens, water heaters, sheds, gazebos, new electrical wiring and new plumbing installations. A building permit is required whenever you are constructing, moving, altering, converting, improving, repairing or demolishing a structure in any area of the Township. It applies to work on the interior as well as exterior of the structure. Work covered by the building permit must be inspected by the Township before the project can be considered complete.
Please note that this list is not all-inclusive; contact the building department with any questions regarding building permits.
A penalty of $2,000 is assessed. Any work completed may require removal.
Permits are calculated based on the project and in accordance with the construction code fee schedule, which can be found in the town codes. Building Permit Fees depend on the valuation of the work to be completed including labor and materials. Fees are charged per permit — for example, you’ll pay one fee for an electrical permit, and another for a plumbing permit. Permit Fees can be paid by check or exact cash at Town Hall, or through mail.
No. Every inspection is unique and some may take longer than others. When the department schedules your inspection, you will receive the soonest available appointment date. Inspections can be scheduled on the SDL Portal. Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Call the office and schedule the inspections. No penalty will be incurred. If you are cited for not obtaining final inspections the penalty will be $2,000.
To obtain a permit, you must hire a contractor licensed in the State of New Jersey. Residents also have the option to perform the work themselves. Applicants will be required to provide proof of ownership to take on the liability if performing the work themselves. All Applicants will need to submit the required paperwork, and pay a fee. Residents also have the option of performing the work themselves. Gather your materials and copies to complete the permit application and bring it to the Building Department. All copies of the electrical, plumbing, and mechanical technical sections must be sealed by the corresponding licensee. Please provide one original plus three photocopies of each completed applicable form. For any originals that are required to have a raised seal, the photocopies are also required to contain this raised seal. In other words, fill out one form and photocopy it, then seal the original and all copies.
Permits are issued in person at Town Hall and inspections are scheduled when the permit application is approved and the permit fee is paid.
Most people hire an architect or designer to draw their plans; however, for small projects, you may wish to submit drawings yourself. Please ensure that drawings submitted are to scale and clear enough that we may fully understand the work.
The Zoning Official issues zoning permits for all site improvements, as well as all necessary zoning approvals, in accordance with the Township Zoning Ordinance, required prior to the issuance of a building permit. The Zoning Official is the Administrator for the Millburn Township Board of Adjustment.
Zoning approvals are required for all exterior building and site improvements and for all changes in use or tenancy of any rental space, building, or property. Zoning approval and related building permits are required for most projects. Please contact the Building Department if you are unsure as to what approvals and permits will be required for your projects.
The Uniform Construction Code is administrated by the Construction Official, and includes the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire subcode officials and inspectors, which serve to enforce the various codes adopted by the Uniform Construction Code. Building permits are required for most projects in strict accordance with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.
2. Residents without a permit who park in the train lots on a weekend and are “stranded” in the city are required to do the same.
Residents who are having work done such as paving a driveway are required to go to the Traffic Department at the Police Station and request permission to park on their street for that time frame.
Any residents who have long term visitors are required to go to the Traffic Department at the police station and log the visitor information.
To reserve a room in one of the community center, you must call Nina Petrilli at (973)564-7064 or e-mail at email@example.com. To see pictures of rooms for rent go to the Recreation Page and click "Forms, Schedules, Announcements" and then click on "Recreation Community Center Rental Information.
Submit a complaint by going to the RequestTracker link on the homepage, or call the Recreation Department at (973) 564-7097.
Call Nina Petrilli at (973) 564-7064.
A permit is not required if you are having less than fifty (50) people in your party, but can be obtained if desired. No services are provided. Please refer to the Township Ordinance Chapter VIII for park regulations. To reserve a picnic area in the park for groups of 50 to 125 people on weekdays only, or to reserve a room in the Bauer Community Center, contact Nina Petrilli at (973)564-7064. Residents only may apply for park or building reservations.
All offices are located at Town Hall, 375 Millburn Ave, Millburn NJ.
•Plastics 1, 2 and 5 •Glass •Bi-metal and aluminum cans •Corrugated (cardboard) •Mixed paper. View disposal instructions for common household items by using the Recycle Coach web application.
•Commercial or bulky waste •Grocery bags •Polystyrene (Styrofoam) – but can be recycled at the Public Works Yard •Plastic wrap, film plastics, and cellophane •Plastic bags •Food waste •Vegetative waste •Paper/foam plates and cups, tissues, paper towels •CFC-containing appliances •Electric scrap, such as alkaline batteries and light bulbs
Items should be placed loosely in the bin, with no plastic bags, and must be clean and dry. Single Stream recycling stickers can be picked up at the Dept. of Public Works and Town Hall. Blue or otherwise-designated recycling bins should be used to clearly distinguish recycled goods from ordinary household waste.
For a list of town roads by zone, view the Public Works Pamphlet (PDF).
Initial bylaws were approved by the SID Board of Trustees at their first meeting on September 10, 2020. They are being reviewed by a sub-committee for potential amendments. Please click here (PDF) to read the initial bylaws.
There is no particular source established, solely the ability to use funds that are received by the corporation. This could include funds from grants, the Township of Millburn or direct donations to the organization.
Yes. The Board of Trustees meetings will require proper notice, public comment and any other provisions under the OPMA.
There are several changes from the original ordinance in 1992, including the establishment of a Board of Trustees, consisting of 7 members appointed by the Township Committee. Previously this was done through bylaws of the district management corporation bylaws. The ordinance also changes the SID district to include the B-2, B-3 and B-4 districts of the Township of Millburn. More information can be found in the linked presentation here.
If there is delinquency of a SID assessment tax, the same procedures for a lack of a property tax payment would be required. This would include delinquency fees, a lien on the property and potentially a tax sale.
Yes, however the dissolution of the district management corporation would be a two-step process under the new ordinance. It will require the Board of Trustees to agree to dissolution, followed by approval from the Township Committee to dissolve the organization.
The budget process of the SID would remain the same, with the exception that its timing would generally run in conjunction with the Township’s budget process on a calendar year. A budget will be required to be submitted by January 15th of each year. Here is an excerpt from the ordinance of the budget process.
“The budget shall be introduced, approved, amended and adopted by resolution passed by not less than a majority of the full membership of the Township Committee of the Township. The procedure shall be as follows:
(i) Introduction and approval;
(ii) Public advertising;
(iii) Public hearing;
(iv) Amendments and public hearings, if required;
All powers and duties enumerated for the District Management Corporation are outlined by Statute and have always been included in the Special Improvement District ordinance. This section has not been edited. That is not to say that it cannot be edited if there is concern over certain permitted powers and abilities of the District Management Corporation.
By discussing the ordinance now it allows the township to put the proposed SID in motion, to be able to operate in 2021. In the draft Special Improvement District ordinance, a tax would not be collected until the budget is formally adopted, which would occur in the 2021 fiscal year.
Meetings are permitted by the Division of Local Government Services to be done remotely through platforms such as ZOOM, Webex, livestreaming or others that allow the public to participate in the public comment portion of a meeting.
June 12, 2020.
Single-use disposable plastics are a major source of litter and pollution in our environment. They do not biodegrade and are extremely difficult to recycle. Our recycling facility does not recycle them. They are most frequently used once for a brief period of time before being discarded. Paper bags are also extremely harmful to the environment due to the amount of energy and water used to produce them, and the energy used to transport them. The law is meant to encourage the use of reusable rather than disposable bags, containers and straws, thereby contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment.
Yes. Plastics will remain in the environment for hundreds of years or more. They destroy wildlife, clog storm drains, end up in waterways and the oceans and fill landfills. If placed in your curbside trash, they increase the Township’s waste stream. The production of paper bags is a large contributor to climate change. This law is protecting our environment and health by moving away from our “disposable” habit to a “reusable” one.
The 5-cent fee for paper bags and at least 10-cent fee for reusable bags will encourage customers to bring their own bags. Prior to being given a paper bag or reusable bag, a customer must be asked whether they want a bag, and be informed of the fee. The bag fees must be included separately on the customer’s receipt. Retailers will keep the fee to offset any bag costs.
Studies have shown that these types of bags do not effectively disintegrate. A far more important point is that these bags are disposable and thus, counter to the objective of reducing the amount of waste and pollution in our environment.
One of the objectives of the law is to promote the use of reusable bags by reducing our dependence on single-use bags. This law will reduce the number of single-use plastic and paper bags used in Millburn Township. However, if shoppers forget their bags they will still have the option of using paper bags (for a fee of 5-cents) to carry their purchases out of the store if the retailer has chosen to make paper bags available.
The following are Exemptions to the law:
(a) Plastic bags used inside the retail establishment to:
(b) Newspaper bags, door-hanger bags, laundry and/or dry cleaning bags, or bags sold in packages containing multiple bags intended as food storage bags, garbage bags, yard waste bags, or pet waste bags.
No. These may still be sold. The law only applies to carryout bags at the “point-of-purchase” (think cash register).
Yes. You are encouraged to bring your reusable bags with you every time you shop, not just in a grocery store. You may bring a bag made from any material, including plastic.
Reusable bags can be made from a variety of materials such as canvas, woven synthetic fibers, or thick plastic that is more durable than disposable plastic bags, allowing multiple uses. Many times reusable bags contain recycled plastic. Even when made out of plastic, reusable bags significantly reduce the environmental impact created by single-use bags.
The good news is that reusable bags can be washed and cleaned. If using a cloth bag, these bags can be included in a load of laundry. If the reusable bag is made of plastic, these can be wiped down with a disinfecting cleaner.
You cannot be forced to buy a bag. However, if you choose to use a paper bag or a store’s reusable bag you must pay the fee imposed by law. The bag fees are imposed by Millburn Township through the Ordinance. The retail operators must follow the law and collect the bag fee. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own bags.
You do not have to use any bags at all. Bags are not required. (Think big box store) You may also use other types of containers.
Creating this new habit may take a little time and practice. Some simple suggestions to help you remember to bring your bags are:
You may ask for a straw at any retailer that has them available for customers. Retailers are not required by law to have straws available. The retailer must not ask you your reason for requesting a straw. If you need or prefer to use a straw, you are encouraged to bring a reusable straw with you.
Click on this link and you will be directed to the Ordinance (PDF).
You can mail a self-addressed stamped envelope requesting the form & instructions to: Essex County Board of Taxation 50 South Clinton Street, Suite 5200 East Orange, NJ 07018
Or you can download the forms & instructions at: www.essextaxboard.com
The filing deadline is April 1st of each year.
This will be a contactless event. Volunteers assisting with registration will only be checking off numbered participants and making sure that there are no unregistered participants. There will be no in-person registration available.
At the start and finish lines, where social distancing may not be possible, all participants and volunteers will be required to wear masks. We will have masks available for all participants (if needed) and volunteers.
Riders will be able to choose, once on the course and distanced, whether they continue to wear a mask.
No water will be given out to participants. Riders are required to bring their own water.
There will be no gathering, with the exception of the start where participants will be spaced prior to the ride starting. No spectators are allowed.
Yes. Once you complete your registration, the Township will e-mail a unique number for your ride, which you will be responsible for printing and affixing to your shirt before the event. Again, there will be no in-person registration on the day of the event.
Yes. The cost is $10 per rider.
The rain date is September 27. Registrants will automatically be re-enrolled for the rain date.
All routes begin at Town Hall. Rides are scheduled 30 minutes apart; please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your start time. Report to Town Hall with your bike and participant number clearly pinned to the front of your shirt. A volunteer will then check you in and direct you where to stand to be distanced from other participants or groups.
We ask that participants try to bike or walk their bicycle to the start of the course. If you must drive, parking is available in the Parking Deck, Municipal Lot #1 or Municipal Lot #19. Please arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before your ride start time.
The start of all rides (on Millburn Avenue) will be closed; however, the 7-mile and 12-mile rides will be open courses with police personnel stationed at major roadway intersections. The entire 2-mile ride will be a closed course.
Signage will be clearly displayed along the ride routes, and police officers and volunteers will be stationed throughout the courses to assist along the way. Please refer to the course map in the days leading up to the event to familiarize yourself with the route. We also will provide a turn-by-turn street listing of the route prior to event day.
All rides end in Taylor Park. When you arrive at Taylor Park, please remember to wear a mask if effective social distancing is not feasible. Before heading home, grab a bite to eat and shop at our amazing local businesses!
The Tour de Millburn is not a race, but rather a celebration of biking and road safety.
All ages are welcome for the 2-mile ride; however, only those capable of riding on an open course should register for the 7-mile or 12-mile rides. Our youngest riders are invited to participate in the 2-mile ride with parents riding slowly beside them. Bikes with child seats or tag-alongs are welcome.
The 2-mile ride is low-impact and designed to be a comfortable ride for all ages. The 7-mile ride is an intermediate course. The 12-mile ride is intended to be a challenging route that at times involves riding up-hill on steep roadways. Keep in mind your skill and comfort level with biking when registering for the event. If at any time a participant feels unable to complete a course, police officers will be stationed along the route for assistance. You can always take a rest or walk your bike.
You can be added to our waitlist to receive information for the next ride event, which is currently being planned for Spring 2021. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the waitlist for next year.
All registrations are final. You will need to register for the correct route.
Check our Millburn Bike Safety page for tips and important information: twp.millburn.nj.us/bikesafety.