On December 1, 2013, the Department of Planning & Development and the Department of Public Works merged to become the Department of Planning & Public Works headed by Director Deena Leary. The Department currently has five divisions and, effective January 1, 2014, will have six with the creation of the Division of Mosquito Control, formerly the Mosquito Extermination Commission. As part of the reorganization, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) section was moved to the Office of Information Technology and the Division of Community Development was moved to the Department of Human Services. See About and Divisions for more information on the Department.
This year’s Morris County League of Municipalities luncheon in Atlantic City served up more than a delicious meal. Morris County Cultural and Historic Resources Specialist Jan Williams and Stuart Walter of the Morris County Geographic Information Systems offered a feast of historic highlights in a program entitled “Morris County: Our History of Service” demonstrating the award-winning Cultural Resource Inventory application or the CRI app. Read more.
The Morris County Planning Board has just released the 2013 State of the County Report. This report updates and summarizes existing county-wide planning conditions into a single comprehensive document. It contains recent county-specific data on population, housing, land use, transportation, open space/ farmland and historic preservation, economic conditions, education and cultural facilities and identifies current trends related to these subjects. This overview of conditions, trends and potential planning issues provides a regional perspective which may help inform local and county governments in their planning and policy decisions. The complete document can be found here.
The United States Census Bureau recently released its 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates for geographic areas with a population of 65,000 or more. The 2012 ACS includes estimates for a wide variety of topics including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation. Updates pertaining to these topics have been posted to the Data page of this website.
In March 2012, Morris County created the first county-level, dedicated flood mitigation acquisition program in New Jersey in response to intense flooding from Hurricane Irene. Focused on lowering municipal costs by moving people out of harm’s way, the program provides grant funding to purchase flood-prone homes and land which are then reverted to their natural state. This creates open space which captures and stores future floods; protecting the remaining homes/businesses, and permanently freeing homeowners and municipalities from the expensive, destructive cycle of repetitive flooding. Read more.