Will Morey, Freeholder
Barbara Ernst, Division Director
2014 Division of Open Space Meeting Schedule
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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 Program was expanded to include Park/Recreation Development and Historic Preservation Projects. For more information, click on the links below:
Farmland Preservation Brochure
County Planning Incentive Grant Easement Purchase Application for an Individual Farm
Cape May County Open Space Program - 2014
Cape May County Open Space - Land Acquisition Application 2014
Historic Preservation Application 2014
Cape May County Open Space - Park / Recreation Development Application 2014
Click Here for a current Pdf. Map of County Open Space and Farmland properties.
In order to read the Pdf. a free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader is available.
Dealing only with willing sellers, the program purchases open space in fee simple. Beginning on 1/1/13, applications for Park & Recreation Development Projects and Historic Preservation Projects will also be accepted.
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 Division Office is located in the Planning Department in the County Administration Building, Crest Haven, Cape May Court House. For information about the program or to apply, call Barbara Ernst, Division Director, at 609-465-1086.
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. The current members are:
Peter Lomax, Chair
David Craig, Vice Chair
Will Morey, Freeholder
Leslie Gimeno, Planning Director
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 Courthouse. The current members are:
George Brewer, Jr., Chair
Sue Anne Wheeler
James P. Hand
Jenny Carleo, Ag Agent
2013 County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) Meeting Schedule (CLICK HERE)
To see the latest agenda for the Open Space Board, click on Meeting Schedules.
To see the latest agenda for the Agricultural Development Board, click on Meeting Schedules.
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