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Open Space Grant Applications Available

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation has released the application form for the 2018 funding round of municipal/non-profit open space projects under the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund.  Any of the 39 municipalities in the county and qualified non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding.

Get more information about the 2018 application.

All application materials are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Please contact Barbara Murray in the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8120 or [email protected] for further information on the program or application process.

FEMA’s 90-day Appeal Process Has Begun For the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS)

The 90-day Appeal Process runs from February 15th to May 15, 2018. Flood Hazard Determination Notices have been sent to municipal officials and public notification concerning the appeal process were placed in local papers on two separate dates.

Digital versions of the maps can be viewed at; this website also provides a search function for specific addresses. Or you can download the GIS files from the FEMA Map Service Center (search for your community, look under “Preliminary Products” and download the “Preliminary FIRM Panel”.)

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.

New Census Bureau 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Data Released

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates which include demographic data for all municipalities in the nation. The 2012-2016 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 of this website.

2018 Historic Preservation Applications Available

Application forms for the 2018 grant round of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund are now available. Please note the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Application Workshop, at Morris County Cultural Center, Morris Twp.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Declaration of Intent due at Morris County
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018: Grant Application Deadline