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Planning & Preservation and COVID-19

The following measures have been implemented in accordance with the temporary policy adopted by the Freeholder Board in response to COVID-19:

  • All Planning & Preservation staff have been sent home indefinitely.  All program staff have access to email and voicemail.
  • Public access to the office is restricted.
  • The Land Development Review Section will continue to process applications and issue reports within the 30-day statutory period and may request an additional 30-day extension if necessary.
    • Prior to submitting new applications or revisions, please contact Joe Barilla or Greg Perry to review the new submittal procedures due to COVID-19 staff protocol.
  • Applications shall be delivered through mail, FedEx, UPS or other delivery service. No in-person delivery will be accepted.

Please call 973-829-8120 and leave a message if you have any questions related to Planning & Preservation. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Historic Preservation COVID-19 Update

Due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus, we are pushing the entire Historic Preservation grant application process forward a month. The new application deadline will be Friday, April 24, 2020. Please see additional application details.

Trail Construction Committee – Special Meeting on April 2

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Preservation Trust Trail Construction Grant Advisory Committee, in the County of Morris, will convene a special meeting on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The meeting will be held via teleconference call only, in accordance with the “Open Public Meetings Act.” N.J.S.A. 10:4 6. The meeting shall commence at 1:00 p.m. The primary purpose of this special meeting will be for the committee to elect to postpone planned program changes and maintain existing program rules, regulations and application materials due to matters related to COVID-19. A voice vote will be taken on this matter.

To participate, call 1-901-201-4005, then enter code 842856.

Open Space Grant Applications Available

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation has released the application form for the 2020 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.

View the 2020 application form and list of other required application materials.

All application materials are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Program rules were recently amended to include costs for demolition and restoration of a property (up to a maximum of 10% of the eligible land cost, or $50,000 whichever is less) as allowable costs under the program.

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.

Sewer Service Area Parcel Searcher

Morris County has developed a web application that allows you to search by parcel (lot) and determine if the property is in a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) approved sewer service area (SSA).  To search by parcel identifier go to our web application.

2020 Historic Preservation Applications Available

Application forms for the 2020 grant round of the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund are now available. Please note the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Application Workshop, at Morris County Cultural Center, Morris Twp.
  • Friday, February 28, 2020: Declaration of Intent due at Morris County
  • Friday, March 27, 2020: Grant Application Deadline

2020 Mitigation Plan Update

Morris County has commenced work on the 2020 Morris County All Municipalities Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) update.  The HMP is updated every five years and serves as the plan for identifying risk and reducing vulnerabilities in our communities. For more information on this plan please check the Morris County Office of Emergency Management (MCOEM) website.

If you would like more information regarding how to get involved, please contact MCOEM.

Public participation is a vital part of this plan. As part of the HMP planning process, Morris County has developed a Citizen Preparedness Survey.  This survey is anonymous and will be used to develop portions of the plan. Fill out the survey.