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FEMA’s Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps Now Available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Morris County on August 22nd. Municipal and County officials should be receiving paper versions of the FIRMs in the next several days via mail. 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.

FEMA will be scheduling two open house meetings for the public in early November. The formal 90-day Appeal Period for municipalities is expected to begin in the late fall. The exact dates will be announced via public notice in local newspapers.  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.

Trail Construction Grant Applications Received

A total of 8 applications requesting over $1.2 million 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.

Open Space Grant Applications Received

For the 2017 funding round, 7 applications requesting over $3.3 million were submitted to the Morris County municipal/non-profit open space grant program. The Open Space Trust Fund Committee will review the applications, visit the properties and provide funding recommendations to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by November 8, 2017. View the list of Open Space applications (revised 8/25/17).

Municipal Population and County Housing Unit Estimates for 2016 Shows Varying Growth

Notable statistics from the Census Bureau include:

  • Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2016, the Borough of Riverdale experienced the greatest percentage population increase in Morris County, rising by 19.5%, or 694 persons. This was also the sixth greatest percentage increase of all municipalities in the State.
  • The Township of Mount Olive experienced the greatest numeric population increase in Morris County during this period, adding 1,013 persons.
  • During the same period, total housing units in Morris County increased by 1.2%, compared to a 1.4% increase for New Jersey.

Tables showing the latest municipal population estimates and county housing unit estimates have been posted to the Data and Statistics page.