40:12-15.6 Adoption by county of resolution authorizing distribution of monies.
6. a. The governing body of any county in which the voters of the county have approved a proposition in accordance with P.L.1997, c.24 (C.40:12-15.1 et seq.) may adopt a resolution authorizing the distribution of monies deposited into the "County Open Space, Recreation, Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund" created pursuant to subsection c. of section 2 of P.L.1997, c.24 (C.40:12-15.2), in such portions as deemed appropriate, to municipalities within the county or to charitable conservancies, to be used in the county by those municipalities or charitable conservancies for the purposes of P.L.1997, c.24 in accordance with the provisions, conditions, and requirements thereof, provided that any municipality or charitable conservancy receiving such monies has presented a plan to the county documenting the proposed use of the monies.
b.Lands acquired by a municipality pursuant to this section shall be held in trust and shall be used exclusively for the purposes authorized by P.L.1997, c.24.
c.The governing body of a municipality acquiring lands using monies received pursuant to this section shall have full control of the lands and may adopt an ordinance providing for (1) suitable rules, regulations, and bylaws for use of the lands, (2) the enforcement of those rules, regulations and bylaws, and (3) when appropriate, the charging and collection of reasonable fees for use of the lands or for activities conducted thereon.
d.In order to qualify to receive monies from a county trust fund pursuant to this section, the board of directors, board of trustees, or other governing body, as appropriate, of an applying charitable conservancy shall:
(1)demonstrate to the governing body of the county that it qualifies as a charitable conservancy;
(2)agree to use the monies only in connection with lands located in the county and for the purposes authorized by P.L.1997, c.24;
(3)agree to make and keep the lands accessible to the public, unless the governing body of the county determines that public accessibility would be detrimental to the lands or to any natural or historic resources associated therewith;
(4)agree not to sell, lease, exchange, transfer, or donate the lands for which the monies received were allocated for use pursuant to this section, except upon approval of the governing body of the county under such conditions as the governing body may establish; and
(5)agree to execute and donate to the county at no charge (a) a conservation restriction or historic preservation restriction, as the case may be, pursuant to P.L.1979, c.378 (C.13:8B-1 et seq.), or (b) a development easement, as defined pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1983, c.32 (C.4:1C-13), as appropriate, on the lands for which the monies received were allocated for use pursuant to this section.
L.1997, c.24, s.6; amended 2011, c.173, s.6.
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