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:
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:
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.