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Planning & Preservation and COVID-19

The following measures have been implemented in accordance with the temporary policy adopted by the Freeholder Board in response to COVID-19:

  • All Planning & Preservation staff have been sent home indefinitely.  All program staff have access to email and voicemail.
  • Public access to the office is restricted.
  • The Land Development Review Section will continue to process applications and issue reports within the 30-day statutory period and may request an additional 30-day extension if necessary.
    • Prior to submitting new applications or revisions, please contact Joe Barilla or Greg Perry to review the new submittal procedures due to COVID-19 staff protocol.
  • Applications shall be delivered through mail, FedEx, UPS or other delivery service. No in-person delivery will be accepted.

Please call 973-829-8120 and leave a message if you have any questions related to Planning & Preservation. We will return your call as soon as possible.

2020 Trail Construction Grant Applications Available

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The 2020 Trail Construction Grant Program is currently open to receive applications for funding trail construction projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund. All municipalities in Morris County are qualified and encouraged to apply for funding.

Applicants can view the 2020 application forms and list of other required application materials.

The rules, procedures, and application materials remain the same as last year.  Applicants can review the Trail Grant Program Fact Sheet for a brief summary of the program or for more details see Program Overview Presentation.

The schedule and application deadlines are as follows: Step #1-Letter of Intent, is due by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and Step #2-Full Application is due by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 31, 2020.

We understand that municipalities might be working with limited resources while addressing higher priorities during these unprecedented times.  The Program will consider extensions of the application deadlines on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Program Coordinator to request deadline extensions.

We encourage applicants to schedule a Pre-Application Meeting with the Program Coordinator so that we can assist to guide your project and simplify the application process.  All first-time applicants are required to attend a Pre-Application Meeting so that we can familiarize you with the details of the program.  We anticipate that meetings will be conducted via phone or video conference.

Please contact Denise Chaplick, Trail Grant Program Coordinator at (973) 326-7605 or [email protected] for information on the program or application process.

Open Space Applications – COVID-19 Update

To potential 2020 Municipal and Non-Profit applicants to the Morris County Open Space Program:

Due to the continually evolving COVID-19 situation, we are moving the deadline for the 2020 Open Space grant application back a month. The new deadline for applications and appraisals is 4:30 PM on Friday, July 10, 2020.

All application materials should be emailed to [email protected], with a duplicate hard copy mailed to:

Morris County Office of Planning & Preservation
30 Schuyler Place
P.O. Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963

Please note the time of receipt of the digital application and appraisal will be considered the official time of submission of your application. No hand deliveries will be accepted.

If you are experiencing delays in obtaining any of the required application materials by the July 10 date, please notify me via [email protected]nj.us or phone 973-829-8134 and leave a message. I will return your call as soon as possible.

At this point, the Open Space Trust Fund Committee meeting dates for application review, site visits and final presentations are subject to change. Please continue to check the program website for updates.

Thank you and feel free to contact me with any questions on your application.

Barbara J. Murray, PP/AICP
Open Space Program Coordinator
[email protected]

Sewer Service Area Parcel Searcher

Morris County has developed a web application that allows you to search by parcel (lot) and determine if the property is in a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) approved sewer service area (SSA).  To search by parcel identifier go to our web application.

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.