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401 Grand St. Paterson, NJ 07505 | (973) 881-4000
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Planning & Economic Development

The Planning and Economic Development Department consists of the following divisions: 
  • Planning
  • Community and Economic Development
  • County Historian
  • Public Housing

The department serves as the staff resource for the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Passaic County Planning Board, Passaic County Agriculture Development Board, and the Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Planning and Economic Development also administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program. 

The department facilitates the development and redevelopment of communities that offer citizens a high quality of life by meeting their needs for employment, affordable housing, efficient transportation, and access to leisure, recreational and cultural opportunities. The department provides a process that assists citizens and community leaders in directing future changes in the county.

County Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders have launched the Passaic County/NJRA Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The grant program will assist suffering businesses with lease payments to help alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.

Grant Application is now live!



NJRA Lease Grant Program (1)

Eligible Expenses
Under the Passaic County Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program, funding can ONLY be used to cover the following business costs/expenses and all grants will be ACH wired directly to landlords or real estate holding companies:

  • Lease payments (September, October, November, December)

Grant Amount
The Passaic County Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program will provide grants up to, and not to exceed $20,000 per company for rent expenses. The grant cannot exceed $20,000 per company.

Eligible Businesses
Companies located in the 16 municipalities of Passaic County are eligible to apply to the NJRA/Passaic County Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.  However, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Businesses must have a physical location in Passaic County;
  • Businesses must be a: Sole-proprietorship, LLC, LLP, Corporation, or S-Corporation
  • (There are no minimum or maximum number of employees by company)

Ineligible Businesses
The following types of businesses are not eligible for the grant:

  • Home-based businesses
  • Franchises with more than one location
  • Companies with sub-leases
  • Companies with shared spaces
  • Businesses with gambling or gaming activities;
  • Businesses that conduct or purveyance of “adult” activities, services, and/or products
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Businesses under any auction or bankruptcy;
  • Businesses that have loss due to fire, “lost-of-lease,” or are “going-out-of-business,”
  • Sales by transient merchants;
  • Liquor stores, bars
  • Vape/tabaco shops
  • Outdoor Storage;
  • Any illegal activity; and
  • County employees and elected officials, as well as their immediate families, are not eligible to apply. 

Grant Program Requirements
The following general requirements must be met to be considered for funding:

  • Businesses must be current with local and NJ Taxes
  • Businesses cannot have received a New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJRA or US Small Business Administration grant for Covid-19 relief for the same use provided under this Passaic County Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to avoid a duplication of benefits
  • Businesses must have been open and operating on or before March 9, 2020 and cannot have been delinquent in rent payments prior to March 9, 2020.
  • If the applicant is also the property owner, property taxes, water, and sewer taxes, must be current at the time of the application.

Department News

August 03, 2020
For the remainder of the year, all Planning Board Meetings have been rescheduled as virtual/remote meetings and will be held via video/teleconference using the Cisco WebEx application. Beginning Monday, August 3, Planning Board submissions must be provided through both physical and digital transmission. For more information, visit passaiccountynj.org/planningboard