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Morris County Receives Record Number of Historic Preservation Grant Applications

For the 2015 grant round, 46 grant applications requesting over $5 million were submitted to Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund program. The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board will review the applications, visit each site and provide recommendations for funding to the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders by June 24, 2015.  The list of applications is provided here. For information on the Historic Preservation Trust Fund program, please see http://morrisplanning.org/divisions/PresTrust/Historic.

FEMA Provides Preliminary Revisions to Flood Insurance Mapping and Studies 

FEMA has recently provided updated flood hazard information to local governments in the form of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS).  This information provides the public an early look at a home or community’s projected risk to flood hazards.  Specific information about these revisions can be found at: www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.  Please note that not all areas in Morris County were revised; there are ten municipalities where there were no revisions and therefore, have no new maps.

Comments will be accepted by FEMA for a 30-day period, beginning on March 11, 2015.  These comments may include corrections to non-technical information, such as corporate limits, road names and stream names and may be sent to the following persons and addresses:

Michael F. Moriarity
Director, Mitigation Division
FEMA Region II
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

John H. Moyle, Coordinator
State National Flood Insurance Program
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
PO Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

After this comment period, FEMA will schedule a formal community coordination meeting with each affected municipality to discuss the revised flood hazard information, ordinance adoption and other frequently asked questions and concerns. Each affected municipality was provided with paper copies of the FIRM and FIS. Please contact your municipality for more information.

To view the maps online, see: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/. To find the maps that cover your town, click here to access the list of maps with the corresponding municipalities.

Open Space Grant Applications Available

The Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation has released the application form for the 2015 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. 

The 2015 application form and list of other required application materials can be found online.

All application materials are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, June 19, 2015

Please contact Barbara Murray in the Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8120 or bmurray@co.morris.nj.us for further information on the program or application process.

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