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Geographic Area
The focus area for the study is the region within Passaic County defined as the Morris Canal Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places, as illustrated on the map provided entitled Morris Canal Historic District.

The feasibility study should encompass all municipalities through which the Morris Canal and Pompton feeder traverse, as illustrated on the map provided entitled Morris Canal & Pompton Feeder. These include:
  • Borough of Pompton Lakes
  • Township of Wayne
  • Borough of Little Falls
  • Borough of Woodland Park
  • City of Paterson
  • City of Clifton

The study should identify the following sites in each municipality and assess the feasibility and desirability for use as open space:
  • Existing open space
  • Existing recreational space
  • Vacant Properties
  • Properties in need of floodplain restoration
  • Potential open space

Evaluation of Potential Greenway Sites
All properties Identified as potential sites for the Morris Canal Greenway should be evaluated using the following criteria:

Open Space Preservation
  • Relation to the Passaic County Open Space Master Plan
  • Should abide by the “Environmental Protection and Landscape Preservation Factors” as described in the Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund Application
  • Past and present uses and improvements
  • Public, private, or nonprofit ownership
  • Overall desirability or need for preservation as open space
  • Proximity to existing open space
  • Possible passive recreational uses
  • Integration within the greenway as a whole

Environmental Sensitivity
  • Existing environmental site conditions and sensitivity
  • Potential to protect and improve natural ecosystems, and the human environment
  • Risk of flooding on the site and potential to reduce flooding if preserved as open space
  • Species present on or near the site

Transportation and Connectivity
  • Potential to increase transportation system connectivity and the mobility of Passaic County residents
  • Accessibility of access for low-income, minority, and Passaic County residents of impaired mobility
  • Accessibility to downtown centers, public spaces, or other nodes of interest
  • Potential for intermodal transportation

Heritage Tourism
  • Historic significance
  • Proximity to other sites of historic significance
  • Capacity to generate economic development
  • Overall need for historic preservation