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The Hunterdon County Planning Board maintains a small library of historic preservation materials, ordinances and lists of registered districts and structures. In addition to its function as a central repository of information, the HCPB is also involved from time to time in other historic preservation projects.

In 1998, the Board administered the Hunterdon County Stone Arch Bridge Inventory, co-sponsored by the County Cultural & Heritage Commission and the County Roads, Bridges and Engineering Department. The Inventory began as a small staff project to research and protect the historic stone arch bridges in the County. After more than 100 bridges were identified, the County found it necessary to consult a stone arch bridge expert to help complete the project. The final inventory and report, prepared by Dr. Thomas Boothby of Penn State University, revealed a variety of bridge styles and features and recommended that the County pursue a preservation plan that protects the best examples of each type and style of bridge. The report further asserted that Hunterdon County has the largest concentration of stone arch bridges remaining in the country. The Inventory won an Award from the New Jersey Planning Officials for Outstanding Planning Publication. Copies are available from the County Planning Board office.

Within the next year, the Board hopes to digitize the boundaries of all registered properties for planning purposes. As of mid-2000, there are 35 districts and 29 individual structures listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Tax maps and USGS maps are available of these properties. Digitizing the districts and structures on a parcel map will allow the County and municipalities to use the data as an overlay map for various planning purposes. For the County, it is important to be able to see the proximity of proposed road and bridge projects to these registered properties. Municipalities are also likely to use the digitized information for similar purposes.

The Hunterdon County Planning Board is expected to become more involved in historic preservation projects as the newly adopted Open Space Preservation Trust gets underway. The Trust is a dedicated County tax of $.03/$100 assessed valuation to fund open space, farmland preservation and historic preservation projects. This is the first time Hunterdon County has ever had a stable source of funding for historic preservation projects. Recommendations for eligible projects will be presented by the Cultural and Heritage Commission in consultant with the County Planning Board and other Departments. The County Board of Chosen Freeholders will approve the final list of projects to be funded.