Glen Ridge is quite strict about how things look around town. Some 80 percent of the homes in the borough are in the heavily-regulated historic district. Contractor lawn signs are not allowed and even political lawn signs are a rarity.
So it’s kind of a surprise that Glen Ridge is just now getting around to regulating the portable home storage units known as PODS. (Montclair has had a PODS ordinance since at least 2009.)
Under a proposed ordinance, residents who want to park a POD at their house will have to pay $50 for an application — and, under normal circumstances, get just 30 days of POD parking. A one-time 30-day extension could be allowed.
In the case of a major construction job, accompanied by a building permit, a POD could be allowed to stay up for 90 days, with the possibility of a one-time 90-day extension. Reapplications will cost $25.
The ordinance, which will be introduced tonight for first reading by councilwoman Elizabeth Baker, was aimed towards one Glen Ridge resident who’s had a POD in their yard “forever,” Baker says. “Long enough that the neighbors were complaining. We didn’t anticipate that people would use them as sheds.” She said she didn’t know what street the offending POD was on.
In addition, the ordinance would require that the PODS be situated on “paved off-street surfaces” as far from the street as possible.
What do you think of PODS? Convenient storage or landscape blight?