County Land Development Review Process Guidance

Submissions Determination

All subdivision of land is to be submitted for review and where required, approval, prior to municipal approval, by the County Planning Board as per NJSA 40:27-6.3 of the New Jersey County Planning Act. This includes all major and minor subdivisions.

Site plans shall be submitted for review when one of the following criteria is met as specifically set forth in NJSA 40:27-6.6 and County Land Development Standards 300:301:

  1. the development is situated on a County Road;
  2. there is an increase greater then 1 acre of impervious coverage;
  3. a tear down redevelopment with greater then 1 acre impervious coverage.

Individual site plans for one and two family residential dwellings and permitted accessory uses that are incidental to one and two family dwellings, do not require County Planning Board approval as per Land Development Standards Morris County.

Submission Requirements

The County of Morris requires that all applications be submitted through the Municipal approving authority (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, or combined Land Use Board) as per Section 300:303 of the Morris County Land Development Standards. The County allows for the Municipal approving Authority to permit the applicant to submit directly to the County as long as a letter of transmittal from said authority is included. The County requires two copies of all plans and accompanying material (including County application form) to be submitted in order to constitute a complete application.

All first time submissions shall include a completed Morris County Land Development Review Application and check if necessary and shall be submitted to the County through the appropriate municipal board. Subsequent revised submissions (including additional information) shall include a cover letter from the municipality indicating acknowledgement of receipt of submission. The County will make a determination of completeness as per required information within Section 400 of the development standards. Two copies of all plats and information is required. The County Planning Board has 30 days from determination of completeness to issue a report to the Municipal approving authority as per NJSA 40:27-6.7.

Minor subdivisions shall conform to requirements as put forth in Section 400:401 of the Land Development Standards Morris County.

Preliminary plat for major subdivision shall conform to requirements as put forth in Section 400:402.

Final plat for major subdivision shall conform to requirements as put forth in Section 400:403.

Filing a final plat for major subdivision shall conform to requirements as put forth in Section 400:404.

Site plans shall conform to requirements as put forth in Section 400:405.

All preliminary subdivision plats and site plans are required to provide for the management of stormwater runoff in a manner consistent with the Land Development Standards as per Section 600.

A Traffic Impact Report may be required of a development when certain criteria are met (as per Section 500:502A) or as required by the County Traffic Engineer.