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Open Space Rule Changes – Workshop on March 28

Last December, the acquisition procedures of the Open Space Rules of the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund were amended.   The changes resulted from P.L. 2017 – Chapter 154, which expanded the definition of “acquisition” under P.L. 1997 – Chapter 24, which governs county and municipal trust funds.  Costs for demolition and restoration of a property to a natural state (up to a maximum of 10% of the eligible land cost, or $50,000 whichever is less) are now allowable costs under the county open space program.

A workshop will be held on Thursday, March 28 at the Morris County Cultural Center from 7 to 8:30 PM to review program changes and answer questions regarding project eligibility.  Application materials for the 2019 funding round will be posted on our website in early March, prior to the workshop date.  Applications and appraisals for 2019 will be due on Friday, June 14.

Potential applicants and interested parties in open space preservation are encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions regarding the workshop or grant program, contact Barbara Murray at 973-829-8120 or [email protected].

2019 Historic Preservation Grant Round

Application forms for the 2019 grant round of the Historic Preservation Trust Fund are now available.

An Application Workshop to explain the grant process was on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd. (County Route 510), in Morris Township.

Applicants must also submit a “Declaration of Intent” to the county by Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Applications must be submitted to the county no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.

For questions or more information, please contact Ray Chang at the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8138 or [email protected].

New Municipal Census Data Released

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, which include demographic data for all the municipalities in the nation.  The 2013-2017 ACS includes estimates for various topics, including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation. Updates for this data have been posted to the Data and Statistics page.

2018 Trail Grant Awards

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The Board of Chosen Freeholders approved the 2018 funding recommendations of the Trail Program Advisory Committee.

2018 Open Space Awards

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 approved 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.