Will Morey, Freeholder
Leslie L. Gimeno, PP, AICP, MPA, Planning Director
Barbara Ernst, Division Director
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On November 9th, 1989, the voters of Cape May County approved by a 2 - 1 margin a ballot question endorsing the establishment of a trust fund to preserve open space and agricultural land. The trust is funded by a County property tax of 1 cent per 100 dollars of assessed valuation and currently generates approximately 1.3 million dollars a year. Since its inception, the program has preserved approximately 4,000 acres of open space and farmland (almost 5 square miles).
Beginning on January 1, 2013, the Open Space Program was expanded to include Park/Recreation Development and Historic Preservation Projects. For more information, click on the links below:
FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM:
Farmland Preservation Brochure
County Planning Incentive Grant Easement Purchase Application for an Individual Farm
For information on the Farmland Easement Acquisition application process and pending applications, contact Brigitte Sherman at 465-1081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other information on Farmland Preservation, including Right to Farm issues and information on existing preserved farms, contact Barbara Ernst at 465-1086 or email@example.com .
Farmland is preserved through the purchase of development rights. All purchases are made by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on recommendations from the County Open Space Board or the County Agricultural Development Board. The County Agricultural Development Board meets every other month on the last Monday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Jury Management Room, 9 N. Main St. Cape May Court House. The current members are:
George Brewer, Jr., Chair
Sue Anne Wheeler
James P. Hand
Jenny Carleo, Ag Agent
To see the latest agenda for the Agricultural Development Board, click on Meeting Schedules.
OPEN SPACE PROGRAM:
2015 Division of Open Space Meeting Schedule
Cape May County Open Space Program - 2015
Cape May County Open Space - Land Acquisition Application 2015
Historic Preservation Application 2015
Cape May County Open Space - Park / Recreation Development Application 2015
Development Payment Request Form
Post Construction Engineer Certificate
The Open Space Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am in the Intermediate Meeting Room of the County Administration Building in Crest Haven in Cape May Court House. For more information on the program, contact Barbara Ernst at 465-1086. The current members are:
Peter Lomax, Chair
David Craig, Vice Chair
Will Morey, Freeholder
Leslie Gimeno, Planning Director
To see the latest agenda for the Open Space Board, click on Meeting Schedules.
Click Here for a current Pdf. Map of County Open Space and Farmland properties.
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Planning Department (Click here)