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2017 Trail Recommendations

The Trail Program Advisory Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 20, 2017. The Board of Chosen Freeholders will act on their recommendations at their meeting on December 13, 2017.

2017 Open Space Recommendations

The Open Space Trust Fund Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 8, 2017.  The Board of Chosen Freeholders will act on their recommendations at their meeting on November 20, 2017.

FEMA Holds Flood Risk Open Houses for Residents

The FEMA will hold two Open Houses on Nov. 8 and 9 to inform Morris County residents about their specific flood risks as shown on FEMA’s newly released preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The Open Houses will be an informal, one-to-one meeting with FEMA map experts to learn about the resident’s flood risk, potential changes to flood insurance rates/requirements, and tips on how to prepare for future floods. The Open Houses will occur:

  • Wednesday, November 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy Gymnasium, 500 W. Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
  • Thursday, November 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Lincoln Park PAL/Community Center (next to Lincoln Park Library), 10 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035

There will be no formal presentations. Residents who plan to attend may come any time during the scheduled hours, and are encourage to bring their elevation certificates and flood insurance policies, if available.

Because of these map changes, some properties in Morris County may be included in a high-risk flood zone, for the first time. This may result in those affected homeowners being required to purchase flood insurance.

To view the Morris County Preliminary FIRM, visit: http://arcg.is/2zDVFcK

The Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation also has information on the FEMA FIRM and other flood related topics on their website: https://planning.morriscountynj.gov/firms.

New Census Data Shows Morris County Maintains Its Strength in Income, Housing Value and Educational Attainment

The Census Bureau has released its 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more.  The 2016 ACS includes estimates for various topics including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation.  Highlights include:

  • Among all counties in New Jersey, Morris County had the second highest median household income at $106,985.
  • At $443,100, Morris County had the second highest median housing value among all counties in New Jersey.
  • Morris County had the highest percentage of population over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher among all New Jersey counties at 53.2%.

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

FEMA’s Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps Now Available

Digital versions of the maps can be viewed at: https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=16bb8a9ebcac47da913e6e9f4ecf30ab; this website also provides a search function for specific addresses.

Please visit Morris County’s FIRMs page to view these maps, and for information about the map adoption process, the appeal procedure, the public meeting schedule, and resources at the federal and local levels.

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.

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.

2017 Historic Preservation Funding Awards

On July 26th, the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved $2.9 million in county grants from the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 25 historic sites in 15 towns across Morris County.

Please see the Summary of 2017 Funding Awards and a description of the awarded grants.