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
Open Spaces & Farmland Preservation Program
Click above image to access the "Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan"
Farmland Preservation Program
Farmland Easement Acquisition
Right to Farm and Other Issues
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.
Open Spaces Program
Open Spaces Program Priorities Grant Program