Land Development Review

County Development Review

The New Jersey County Planning Act provides for the review and approval of many types of development applications by the County Planning Board. All subdivision applications must also be submitted to the County for review and approval. In Morris County, minor subdivisions, which do not front on County roads, are deemed exempt from formal review. In addition, all site plans which front on County roads and/or have impervious areas of one acre or more must also be submitted to the County for review and approval. Site plans of less than one acre of impervious area are deemed exempt from formal review if they do not front on a County road.

The Land Development Review Committee meets at least once a month, depending on the volume of applications, to review the development applications processed by the staff. At each regularly scheduled monthly County Planning Board meeting, the full Board votes on the “Report of Actions Taken on Development Plans” which contains recommendations of the Committee as well as a complete summary of all development activity processed through the office each month.

Official County Map (front / back)

The Official County Map, adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, shows “the highways, roadways, parks, parkways, and sites for public buildings or works, under county jurisdiction, or in the acquisition, financing or construction of which the county has participated or may be called upon to participate.” (N.J.S.A 40:27-5). The map is binding and all expenditures of public funds by the county for development or acquisition of land must be in accordance with the Official Map.

Municipal Stormwater Management Plans and Ordinance Review

In accordance with the NJDEP Stormwater Management Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:8-4.4), the Morris County Planning Board is the designated county review agency for the review and approval of municipal stormwater management plans and ordinances. The Land Development Review Section is responsible for processing and reviewing the plans. See for more information.

Special Projects

Known Contaminated Sites Inventory Update and Redevelopment Assessment

Using the NJDEP Known Contaminated Sites List (KCS) and USEPA and municipal information, staff is creating an updated inventory of brownfield sites in the County and assessing their redevelopment potential. When a development application on a brownfield site is submitted for review, staff will have already gained knowledge of the site’s characteristics and will be able to expand upon planning-related issues in the advisory review.