Mercer County Open Space Preservation ProgramMercer County has several programs that are funded through the Mercer County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Tax, a voter-approved tax that raises funds to preserve open space and farmland. The following is a brief description of the preservation programs for public open space preservation. See "Farmland" for information on the farmland preservation program.
Countywide Regional Open SpaceLand that provides regional significant open space opportunities for a large majority of the County’s residents is preserved, maintained and operated by the County. The land must be consistent with the goals and criteria of the Open Space and Recreation Plan. There is a priority list of properties proposed for acquisition in the Plan, and conceptual long-range open space areas such as stream corridors, greenbelts and expansions of existing facilities. The preservation of these lands is reviewed by the Mercer County Open Space Preservation Board. The Board recommends proposed properties to the County administration for acquisition. To make a presentation to the Open Space Preservation Board, please contact the Mercer County Planning Department at 609-989-6545.
Mercer County Open Space Assistance Program
Through municipal and nonprofit initiatives, the County will assist nonprofits and municipalities in acquiring County significant projects. Funding preferences for municipal and nonprofit initiated projects will be based on their consistency with the goals and criteria of the Mercer County Open Space and Recreation Plan, the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, and local master plans. Municipal projects being considered for County assistance that are not included in the Mercer County Open Space and Recreation Plan shall be identified for preservation in the local Master Plan or local Open Space Plan. Nonprofit projects shall be included in the county plan or the local plan. Projects should demonstrate efforts to leverage other governmental and private funds while providing regionally significant open space for the residents of Mercer County.
This program is open to all municipalities in Mercer County and qualified non-profit land trusts. If you desire to participate in the program, please send the assistance application below to the Mercer County Planning Department, c/o Emily Blackman, McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad Street, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton, NJ 08650 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application includes a brief narrative of the project, including the full acquisition costs, funding strategy and a site location map; a description of how the project complements or enhances the County and Local Open Space Plans; and a description of the environmental significance and plans for future use of the property.