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The open space program provides grants to municipalities and non-profits to preserve land or water areas for recreation or conservation purposes, including but not limited to parkland, natural areas, greenways, ecologically sensitive areas, and lands providing passive and active outdoor recreational opportunities. 

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 County Commissioners on applications submitted by any of the 39 municipalities in the county as well as eligible land conservancies.

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Special Meeting on Diversion Requests – May 27, 2021

The Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM remotely via WebEx to address diversion requests as follows:

  1. A presentation by Harding Township for a Major Diversion on a portion of the Glen Alpin property (Block 34, Lot 1) in Harding Township. The Township has posted information on its website under Quick Links Glen Alpin Disposal/Diversion Application - Green Acres.
  2. An application by Parsippany-Troy Hills Township for a Minor Diversion on a portion of the Smith Road Sheep Farm property (Block 736, Lot 9.01) in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township. Information is posted on the Parsippany-Troy Hills Water Utility website.

Both properties were acquired as open space and financed in part utilizing dollars from the Morris County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. 

The meeting can be accessed at the web address and phone number listed below:

Should there be any technical difficulties with the WebEx application, the meeting will be held via conference call at the phone number listed below:

  • 1-201-546-5293
  • Guest Passcode: 842856#

Open Space Grant Applications Available

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation has released the application form for the 2021 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 2021 open space application and list of other required application materials can be found online.

All application materials are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, June 11, 2021

Program rules were recently amended to include costs for demolition and restoration of a property (up to a maximum of 10% of the eligible land cost, or $50,000 whichever is less) as allowable costs under the program.

Please contact Barbara Murray in the Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8120 or [email protected] for further information on the program or application process.