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News & Public Notices

Proposed Rules Available for Public Comment - (8/17/2015) Please be advised that the proposed Rules related to a Highlands Open Space Partnership Funding Program and Highlands Development Credit Purchase program were published today in the New Jersey Register – Proposal Number 2015-100. The Rules will be available for public comment through Friday, October 16, 2015. A copy of the proposed Rules is available on this site. See the "Rules and Permits" page for more information. Instructions for comment are provided in the proposal itself. (read)

Public Notice: Rules to be Published - (8/10/2015) The Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council is proposing Rules related to a Highlands Open Space Partnership Funding Program and Highlands Development Credit Purchase program. The complete Rules will be published in the August 17 edition of the New Jersey Register. Complete details are available in the public notice. (read)

Public Notice: Public Meeting Schedule Changes - (8/3/2015) The Highlands Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015 has been cancelled and the meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 10 has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 3. Complete details are available in the public notice. (read)

August 6 Highlands Development Credit Bank Board Meeting Materials Available - (7/31/2015) An agenda and related materials have been posted for the August 5, 2015 HDC Bank Board meeting. (read)

Press Release: Clinton Township Advances Planning Goals with Highlands Petition Approval - (6/18/2015) At its June meeting, the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council approved a Petition for Plan Conformance from Clinton Township in Hunterdon County. The Petition covers the entire municipality, including lands in both the Highlands Preservation Area and the Highlands Planning Area, and authorizes funding to support activities related to Plan Conformance including sustainable economic development planning among others. (read)

Highlands Council Approves Boonton Township Petition, Elects Officers - (4/16/2015) At its most recent meeting, the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council (Highlands Council) approved its 48th Petition for Plan Conformance, adding Boonton Township in Morris County to the list of Highlands municipalities that have aligned local regulatory and planning documents with the land use and resource management requirements of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act and the Highlands Regional Master Plan. (read)

Highlands Council statement on the passing of former Council Member Jack Schrier - (4/7/2015) The Highlands Council today expressed deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Highlands Council Member Jack Schrier, who passed last Thursday. Mr. Schrier was one of the original 15 Highlands Council members appointed by then Governor Jim McGreevey in 2004. (read)

Press Release: Highlands Council Lauds Extension of ‘Dual Appraisal’ for Highlands Property Owners - (2/13/2015) Last week, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill extending the special appraisal process that provides greater equity for Highlands Region property owners seeking to preserve lands under the state’s Green Acres and Farmland Preservation programs. (read)

Press Release: Highlands Council Announces New HDC Purchase Program and Open Space Matching Grant Program - (1/22/2015) At its most recent meeting the Highlands Council provided details regarding a proposed new Land Owner Equity and Land Preservation Program, which includes two components: a Highlands Development Credit (HDC) Purchase Program; and an Open Space Matching Grant program. The Council voted to proceed with a process to have the program formally adopted as an administrative rule within the state. (read)


Photography Credit: All photographs on this website are courtesy of the New Jersey Highlands Council staff or Dwight Hiscano with his permission.