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

Public Hearing for the Draft Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Morris County Master Plan

The Morris County Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the 2022 Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Morris County Master Plan. A public hearing will be held on November 2, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm via WebEx videoconference.

The meeting can be accessed at the web address below:

                                   Access Code/Event Number 2339 407 8337
                                   Password: Planning

The meeting may also be joined by phone 1-408-418-9388 | Access Code/Event Number 2339 407 8337

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

  • Conference Call # 1-901-201-4005
  • Attendee Code # 842856


The Plan may be viewed below: 

Morris County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Element(PDF, 6MB)
Morris County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Element Appendices(PDF, 2MB)

Written comments may be submitted via COMMENT FORM

Comments may also be submitted via email at [email protected] to FARMLAND PRESERVATION PLAN or via regular mail to: Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Element, Morris County Planning Board, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm, November 2, 2022.

Multi-Family Rental Housing Information

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation has released a map depicting the location of known “Multi-family Rental Housing Developments”(PDF, 1MB) of five or more units in Morris County with a corresponding table listing the address of each development and additional information.

This information compliments existing housing maps and data available for “Low & Moderate Income and Inclusionary Housing”(PDF, 1MB) and “Senior and Special Needs Housing”(PDF, 1MB) in Morris County.

Share Your NJ Flood Story

This fall, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts will be kicking off “Rising Together, NJ,” a social media campaign that encourages people to come together to share their experiences with flooding in New Jersey. Ultimately, the goal is to compile these experiences into an archive everyone can use to support flood risk outreach and education efforts.

Learn more and share your story! 

2022 Historic Preservation Grant Awards

On July 13, 2022, the Board of County Commissioners approved $2.65 million in county grants from the county’s 2022 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 29 historic sites in 21 towns across Morris County.

Please see 2022 Funding Summary(PDF, 1MB) .

Project Welcome Home

On March 29, 2022, in honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day, Morris County released a list of Vietnam veterans. If you are a veteran born in Morris County, or lived here for ten years, and would like to be included, please contact Jan Williams [email protected]

2022 Open Space Applications Available

The Morris County Office of Planning and Preservation has released the application form for the 2022 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 2022 open space application and list of other required application materials can be found online.

All application materials are due by 4:30 PM on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

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.

Morris County Miners

On March 2, 2022, the office of Planning and Preservation released a cultural resources survey, a compilation of the names of Miners. Click here to search the list.