Chatham Township Concerns Over Backyard Fire Pits

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Chatham Township Concerns Over Backyard Fire Pits

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:46 pm

Chatham Township Committee Discusses
Resident Concerns Over Backyard Fire Pits

Alexandra Lubischer

Friday, March 1, 2013 • 7:11am

CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Township Committee was given updates from several subcommittees to recap
last year's progress and look forward in 2013 during its meeting on Thursday night.

Representatives from the Zoning Board, Planning Board, Environmental Commission and Colony Pool all addressed the township committee.

Zoning Board Chairman Anthony Vivona spoke of particular concern about working with the township and fire department to ensure that new rules are established to handle new fire pits that have become popular in Chatham residents' backyards. Although homeowners who have had zoning issues with their structures have been very compliant in correcting problems, many neighbor disputes over safety have become issues of their own.

Currently, a fire pit cannot be less than 20 feet from a structure, such as a house, and 15 feel from a property line, according to state fire safety codes. However, some residents still want more to be done and extra safety precautions to be imposed in the town’s regulations.

source ... sident-con
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

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