Division of Planning & Preservation

The Morris County Division of Planning & Preservation is one of five divisions of the Morris County Department of Planning & Public Works. It provides support staff for the Morris County Planning Board.


The Division of Planning & Preservation is comprised of the following sections:

Cultural Resources Survey

Morris County's Department of Planning & Preservation has begun taking stock of its historic and cultural features, primarily to:

  • document changes that have occurred over the last 20 years to existing historic sites
  • add historic sites that were over-looked in 1986
  • define boundaries for historic districts
  • verify what sites have been demolished
  • verify what sites have been relocated into or out of Morris County
  • showcase the broad spectrum of cultural resources Morris County offers
  • map Morris County's historic sites

Farmland Preservation & Right to Farm

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) oversees the farmland preservation program. The program enables the County to offer farm owners the opportunity to preserve their farms, while continuing to own and maintain them.  The CADB also administers the Right to Farm Program.

Flood Mitigation

Morris County is looking to move people out of harm's way and end the destructive cycle of repetitive flooding. Through the purchase and subsequent demolition of flood-prone homes, the County will help Municipalities create open space that acts as a natural, sustainable flood storage area, thus protecting the remaining homes, businesses and properties by forming a flood barrier with this preserved land.

Historic Preservation

We consider grants for the acquisition, stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration or preservation of historic resources by municipalities, qualified non-profits and the County. All funded activities must be in conformance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Applications for plans and reports associated with the implementation of a historic preservation project are also eligible. Historic resources must be listed, or certified as eligible for listing, on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, in order to be eligible for the program.

Land Development Review

This section is responsible for reviewing all land development applications for conformance with the County Land Development Standards, preparing an annual development report and updating the Official Map of the County.

Open Space

Under the municipal/qualified charitable conservancy category of Morris County’s Preservation Trust Fund, a 15-member committee annually reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on applications submitted by any of the 39 municipalities in the county as well as eligible land conservancies.

Special Projects/Long Range Planning

Responsibilities include developing County Master Plan Elements, filing and review of municipal master plans and zoning ordinances, and disseminating demographic and economic information. This section also provides staff support for Cross-Acceptance of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, Wastewater Management Plan, other regional planning efforts and special projects.