Planning and Preservation

We provide staff to the Morris County Planning Board and are responsible for programs that preserve farmland, open space, historic resources, assist in the buyout of flood-prone residential properties and fund trail construction projects. We also:

  • Develop county master plan, review subdivisions of land and site plans, advise commissioners on planning matters, and provide information for individual citizens, industries, public service groups, and government officials
  • Maintain aerial photographs of the county and acts as the depository for U.S. Census data
  • Manage the various and diverse planning related programs conducted by the County


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Latest News

Special Meeting on Diversion Requests – July 14, 2021

The Morris County Open Space Trust Fund Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM remotely via WebEx. Public comment will be permitted at the beginning of the meeting.

The special meeting will be held for:

  1. Formal adoption of a resolution memorializing Committee action on 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. Continued discussion on 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.

 Agenda for the meeting(PDF, 195KB).

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#

Parsippany Water Utility Minor Diversion Information

The following documents and links pertain to the Morris County Preservation Trust Fund diversion for the Smith Road Sheep Farm property in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Water Utility website: “Replacement Well 20 Green Acres Project Notification”


The Greatest Generation – Morris County in WWII

September 2, 2020 was the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the official end to World War II. The Office of Planning and Preservation has released a cultural resources survey, a compilation of the names of our 3,075 WWII veterans. Search the list for your loved ones who served in the Greatest Generation.