BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

STRATEGIC PARK AND OPEN SPACE PLAN 2018 - Continued Public Hearing scheduled for 12/06/2018 at 8:15 am

OPEN SPACE TRUST FUND PLAN

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

GRANT APPLICATION PROGRAM

PARKS AND OPEN SPACE ADVISORY
COMMITTEE & MEETINGS

RESOURCES

 

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pen Space Trust Fund Program

Route 12 County Complex
Building #1
314 State Route 12
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
908-788-1490
planning@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

2018 Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan

The Planning Board has revised the draft Plan in response to comments and questions received and will hold an additional public hearing regarding the revised plan on December 6th, 2018 at 8:15 am in the Planning Board Conference Room, located at the Route 12 County Complex, Building #1, 314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822.

This comprehensive plan identifies our community’s collective park and recreation needs and enables proactive planning for the future of the County Park System.

You may review the Plan and submit your comments or questions to the County Planning Board by following this link.....

 

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW

Hunterdon County voters have overwhelmingly approved three (3) County Questions (November 1999, 2004, and 2008) authorizing the Board of Chosen Freeholders to implement and continue an Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund pursuant to P.L. 1997, c. 24. (N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.1 et seq.) The proposition authorizes the County of Hunterdon to impose an annual levy for an amount or at a rate deemed appropriate for any or all of the following purposes, or any combination thereof, as determined by the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders;

  1. acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes;
  2. development of lands acquired for recreation and conservation purposes;
  3. maintenance of land acquired for recreation and conservation purposes;
  4. acquisition of farmland for farmland preservation purposes;
  5. historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects for historic preservation purposes; or
  6. payment of debt service or indebtedness issued or incurred by the County of Hunterdon for any of the purposes set forth in (a), (b), (d), or (e) above.

County Ballot Questions:

The 2008 referendum was approved by the voters and authorized Hunterdon County to collect an open space tax on real estate of up to $0.03 per $100 value. The Board of Chosen Freeholders have followed the goals and recommendations of the Open Space Trust Fund Plan to develop and implement various grant programs and allocate specific percentages of the Trust Fund to these purposes.

The following is a breakdown of the Trust Fund allocations, the grant programs offered and their associated revenue collected in 2015:

Current Allocations

%

CY2016 Funding Levels

 

Farmland Preservation Grant Program

30%

 $         1,885,365.30

Cooperative Grant Program

25%

 $         1,571,137.75

Non Profit Grant Program

15%

 $            942,682.65

County Open Space

15%

 $            942,682.65

Municipal Grant Program

10%

 $            628,455.10

Historic Preservation Grant Program

3.5%

 $            219,959.29

County Historic Preservation

1.5%

 $              94,268.26

 

100%

 $         6,284,551.00


2015 Trust Fund Allocation Chart

The Hunterdon Open Space Trust Fund Plan was prepared by the County Planning Board to provide the Freeholder Board with policy guidance on the selection of lands for preservation purposes including administrative and cost-effective ways to advance Hunterdon County ’s open space, farmland and historic preservation goals and objectives. These objectives also appear in the Hunterdon County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan, adopted December 2008; the Hunterdon County Growth Management Plan, adopted December 2007; the Hunterdon County Park and Recreation Master Plan 2000 and the Sites of Historic Interest – an element of the Hunterdon County Master Plan (updates in progress). Moreover, the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted the Open Space, Farmland Preservation and Historic Preservation Policy #:2008-02, on October 7, 2008: Revised October 5, 2010. This Policy (“Policy #:2008-02”) is intended to generally outline the Practices and Procedures of the Board of Chosen Freeholders when selecting, evaluating and acquiring interests in real property for Open Space, Farmland Preservation and Historic Preservation Purposes by the County of Hunterdon, and which is incorporated in the Procedures Manual.

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