Preservation Plan

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Somerset County Preservation Plan

The Somerset County Preservation Plan will update the 2000 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan Update, the 2008 Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan and include the preparation of a new Historic Preservation Plan.  The Preservation Plan will provide land use, funding and partnership strategies for preservation in Somerset County.  This Plan will also identify linkages between the three programs including, economic development, natural resource conservation, and tourism. This planning effort will advance the implementation of the Somerset County Investment Framework and the County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that were adopted as part of the County Master Plan in April of 2014.

The County has contracted with the firm of Heritage Strategies who is working with sub-consultants New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), Barton Ross and Partners, Land Stewardship Solutions, and Washington College GIS Department to update our existing preservation Plans

The County Planning Division and Parks professional staff will work closely with municipal partners, non-government organizations, private landowners, and other stakeholders to ensure that this Plan comprehensively addresses the unique characteristics, similarities and differences between our preservation programs and County regions.

For more information about this project, please email

January 30, 2018 Public Meeting Materials

June 20, 2018 Public Meeting Materials

June 26, 2019 Public Meeting Materials

Somerset County hosted the third public meeting for the Somerset County Preservation Plan on June 26, 2019 at the Somerset County Administration Building.  At this meeting, a summary of the draft recommendations and strategies were presented.  A copy of the presentation is available below.