EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The Township Committee introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that would ban long-term storage of boat and camper trailers on township streets.

People convicted under the ordinance would face a $100 fine for the first day they left their trailer out on the street. Additional days of on-street parking would lead to fines of up to $2,000 and 90 days in jail.

The proposal was introduced without comment at the municipal meeting. It is scheduled for an April 23 public hearing and final vote.

Officials have been discussing ways to handle longstanding questions on trailer storage as the once rural township has become more suburban. Other similar towns, including neighboring Hamilton Township and Brick Township in Ocean County, have passed similar ordinances.

Township officials have contemplated the ban for several years. It came to a head when Anthony Di-Donato, a township Zoning Board alternate member, prodded officials to take action after a neighbor left a boat trailer out on the street for more than a year; DiDonato said it hindered access. Township Admin-istrator Peter Miller has said boat trailers delayed township fire crews responding to a fire last year.

In addition to boat trailers, the proposed ordinance would ban:

  • trucks weighing more than 12,000 pounds from parking on township streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • trucks designed to transport hazardous or dangerous substances from parking within 200 feet of a residential zone
  • parking more than one commercial vehicle on a private lot
  • storage containers, moving containers or industrial trash containers that don’t have a township permit.

The ordinance exempts trucks making deliveries. The ordinance would also allow the township to restrict vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds to certain streets. However, the proposed ordinance does not name any specific streets.

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