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).
Cape May County Creative Placemaking Plan
The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present you with the "Cape May County Creative Placemaking Plan". This document, the result of a stakeholder-driven visioning process, provides partners in our Open Spaces Program with robust guidelines for use in designing projects for public spaces throughout Cape May County, using materials, patterns, colors, and other aesthetic elements derived from our natural and built environments.
Beginning on January 1, 2013, the Open Space Program was expanded to include Park/Recreation Development and Historic Preservation Projects.
Farmland Easement Acquisition
For information on the Farmland Easement Acquisition application process and pending applications, contact Brigitte Sherman at 609-465-1081 or .
For all other information on Farmland Preservation, including Right to Farm issues and information on existing preserved farms, contact Barbara Ernst at 609-465-1086 or email.
Application Deadline Has Been Postponed to 1/15/2020. The Deadline for the 12/15/2019 Funding Round Has Been Postponed to 1/15/2020.
- Program Guide - November 2019
- Special Funding Round Application - Creative Placemaking Implementation - November 2019
- Special Funding Round Application - Coastal Access - Modified November 2019
- Historic Preservation Program Application Form 2019
- Land Acquisition Application Form 2019
- Parks and Rec Application Form 2019
- 2020 - Open Space Meeting Dates