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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.

Historic Preservation Grant Applications Available

The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 funding round. To be eligible for a matching grant, a historic resource must be listed, or certified as eligible for listing, on the New Jersey and the National Register of Historic Places.  Eligible applicants are municipalities, qualified non-profit organizations and the county.

Application forms, and program rules and regulations are now available online.

Important Deadlines:

  • Friday, February 27, 2015: Deadline for submission of the “Declaration of Intent”.
  • Friday, March 27, 2015: Deadline for submission of the complete application.

For more information about the application process and the Historic Preservation Trust Fund, please contact Ray Chang at the Morris County Division of Planning and Preservation at (973) 829-8138 or rchang@co.morris.nj.us.

New Municipal Level Census Bureau Demographics Now Available

The United States Census Bureau recently released its 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates for all municipalities in the United States.  The 2009-2013 ACS is based on data gathered over a five year period and includes estimates for a wide variety of topics including income, educational attainment, housing and transportation. Updates pertaining to these topics have been posted to the Data page of this website.

New Construction Residential Sales – 2013 Summary Update

The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works has prepared an update to its 2010 New Construction Residential Sales report based on the latest data for 2013. The report details sales of newly constructed for-sale residential units by price, type, size and location in Morris County. This updated analysis shows that sales of new units in Morris County rose by 34.8% from 2012 to 2013, marking the second consecutive annual increase in new home sales. The report also identifies new residential rental approvals, which have surged in recent years.

The report may be downloaded here.

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