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2017 Historic Preservation Funding Recommendations

The Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board presented their recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on July 12.

Read the summary of 2017 recommendations.

Please see this press release on the funding recommendations.

It is anticipated that the Freeholders will take action on the grant awards during the Public Meeting on July 26, 2017.

Trail Construction Grant Applications Received

A total of 8 applications requesting over $1.2 million were submitted to the Morris County Trail Construction Grant Program.  The Trail Program Advisory Committee will review the applications and provide funding recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by the end of the year. View the list of applications.

FEMA’s Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps to be Released on July 28

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to release its revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Morris County on July 28th.  After providing the flood hazard maps, FEMA will be scheduling Open House meetings for the public. The formal 90-day Appeal Period is expected to begin in the fall.

Once finalized and adopted, these maps will be used to determine if flood insurance is required and the rates that residential and commercial property owners will pay to the National Flood Insurance Program. The maps will also be utilized when reviewing development plans and enforcing floodplain management regulations.

Please visit the FIRMs page after July 28 to view the new revised preliminary maps.  The website also contains information about the map adoption process, the appeal procedure, the public meeting schedule, and resources at the federal and local levels.

The flood insurance rate maps currently in effect are 24-45 years old.  Given their long-standing impact, the County encourages municipalities and property owners to take this rare opportunity to review, and if necessary, comment on the revised preliminary maps.

Open Space Grant Applications Received

For the 2017 funding round, 7 applications requesting over $3.3 million were submitted to the Morris County municipal/non-profit open space grant program. The Open Space Trust Fund Committee will review the applications, visit the properties and provide funding recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by November 8, 2017. View the list of applications.

Municipal Population and County Housing Unit Estimates for 2016 Shows Varying Growth

Notable statistics from the Census Bureau include:

  • Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2016, the Borough of Riverdale experienced the greatest percentage population increase in Morris County, rising by 19.5%, or 694 persons. This was also the sixth greatest percentage increase of all municipalities in the State.
  • The Township of Mount Olive experienced the greatest numeric population increase in Morris County during this period, adding 1,013 persons.
  • During the same period, total housing units in Morris County increased by 1.2%, compared to a 1.4% increase for New Jersey.

Tables showing the latest municipal population estimates and county housing unit estimates have been posted to the Data and Statistics page.