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2019 Open Space Recommendations

The Open Space Trust Fund Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 13, 2019. The Freeholders will take action on these recommendations during their public meeting on November 25, 2019.

Morris County Celebrates 25 Years of the Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

On October 18, Morris County celebrated 25 years of the voter-approved Morris County Open Space Trust Fund, which since the first grant was awarded in 1994 has resulted in the preservation of thousands of acres of open spaces across the entire county, helping to maintain the county’s high quality of life.


Learn more about the celebration.

2020 Mitigation Plan Update

Morris County has commenced work on the 2020 Morris County All Municipalities Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) update.  The HMP is updated every five years and serves as the plan for identifying risk and reducing vulnerabilities in our communities. For more information on this plan please check the Morris County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM) website.

If you would like more information regarding how to get involved, please contact MCOEM.

Public participation is a vital part of this plan. As part of the HMP planning process, Morris County has developed a Citizen Preparedness Survey.  This survey is anonymous and will be used to develop portions of the plan. Fill out the survey.

New Census Data Demonstrates Morris County’s Strength in Income and Housing Value

The Census Bureau has released its 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more.*  The 2018 ACS includes estimates for various topics including income, educational attainment, housing, and transportation.  Highlights include:

  • Morris County had the highest per capita income at $58,774 and the second-highest median household income at $112,288 among all 21 counties in New Jersey.
  • Morris County had the lowest poverty rate among all New Jersey counties at 4.5%.
  • At $469,900, Morris County had the second-highest median housing value among all counties in New Jersey.

Updates pertaining to these topics have been posted to the Data and Statistics page of this website.

*There are no municipalities in Morris County with a population of 65,000 or more, so for Morris County, this data applies at the county level only.

Trail Construction Grant Applications Received

A total of 6 applications requesting over $757,000 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.

2019 Historic Preservation Funding Recommendations

On June 26, 2019, the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board made the 2019 funding recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. $2.9 million are recommended to help preserve, restore, or protect 26 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County. The Freeholders will make a final decision on the grant recommendations at their July 10, 2019 public meeting.

Please see the Press Release for details of the recommendations.