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2018 Open Space Recommendations

Stream at Lewis Morris ParkThe Open Space Trust Fund Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on November 7, 2018.  The Board of Chosen Freeholders will act on their recommendations at their meeting on November 19, 2018.

New Morris County Master Plan Circulation Element Adopted

On October 18, 2018, the Morris County Planning Board adopted its new Circulation Element of the Morris County Master Plan.

Since the adoption of the last Circulation Element in 1992, major transportation, land use, demographic and regulatory changes have occurred, accompanied by shifting traffic patterns, increased traffic volumes and demand for transportation services. Over the years, the County has continued to analyze transportation matters and has developed subsequent plans and studies to address emerging issues and advance solutions.

This new 2018 Circulation Element encapsulates this work, provides a comprehensive review of current conditions and transportation trends, and presents strategies to address current and future transportation needs. It will serve as guiding document for transportation planning and investment in Morris County for the next 25 years.

Input from local residents and the business community played an important role in the development of the Circulation Element. A robust public outreach effort was conducted prior to the creation of the first of this Element, and public comment was solicited on the final draft from Morris County municipalities and the public. The Morris County Planning Board offers sincere thanks to all those who provided comments. All comments were reviewed by the Planning Board, which resulted in various amendments to the final Plan. Read the comments.

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

The Census Bureau has released its 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more.*  The 2017 ACS includes estimates for various topics including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation.  Highlights include:

  • Morris County had the highest median household income among all counties in New Jersey and the sixth highest in the United States at $114,732.
  • At $462,400, 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 $684,500 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.

2018 Historic Preservation Grant Awards

On July 11, the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved $2.2 million in county grants from the county’s 2018 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 20 historic sites in 16 towns across Morris County.

Please see the press release and summary of projects.