SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Planning Board, Park Commission and Cultural & Heritage Commission are reexamining their preservation plans and want to hear from residents, local planners, farmers and nonprofit organizations at a public meeting being held Tuesday, Jan. 30.

 The interactive meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Somerset County Freeholder Board’s Meeting Room, located on the third floor of the county Administration Building at 20 Grove St. Free parking is available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck adjacent to the county Administration Building; the entrance is located off of East High Street.

“We are asking the public to help us update Somerset County’s goals and objectives for the benefit of future generations,” said Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public works liaison. “County staff will work closely with residents, municipal partners, private landowners and other stakeholders to ensure that this plan comprehensively addresses the unique characteristics, similarities and differences between our communities.

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“Since 1958, Somerset County’s dedication to preserving open space has helped to make our county one of the most desirable places to live, work and raise a family. Preservation not only enhances the beauty of our county, but it also advances economic development, natural resource conservation and tourism,” Gallagher added.

Preservation plans that are being reviewed and updated include the 2000 Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan and the 2008 Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan. The county’s first Historic Preservation Plan will be developed and included in this effort.

For more information, contact Somerset County Planning Director Walter Lane at (908) 231-7021 or PlanningBd@co.somerset.nj.us.

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