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News & Public Notices

Washington Borough to Address Downtown Revitalization and Other Priorities through Highlands Plan Conformance - (2/18/2021) At its most recent meeting the Highlands Council approved a petition for Plan Conformance and Highlands Center Designation for Washington Borough, Warren County. The approved petition includes an Implementation Plan and Schedule (ISP) that allocates up to $101,000 in grant funding to address a number of local efforts including Highlands Center planning and downtown redevelopment planning. (read)

February 18 Meeting Materials Available - (2/12/2021) An agenda and related materials have been posted for the February 18 Highlands Council meeting. (read)

JOB POSTING: Resource Management Specialist I - (2/3/2021) The Highlands Council is currently seeking a Resource Management Specialist to assist in the preparation of Project Reviews in the Highlands Region, and in the review and preparation of resource management plans. Significant fieldwork required including but not limited to site evaluation, ecological assessment, easement monitoring and stewardship plan review. Applications are being accepted through Friday March 5, 2021. (read)

Public Notice: February HDC Bank Meeting Cancelled - (1/22/2021) The Highlands Development Credit Bank Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2021 has been cancelled. (read)

RFQ: Special Counsel for Highlands Act Litigation to Serve for a Three-year Period - (1/19/2021) The Highlands Council has issued a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) seeking Special Counsel to handle Highlands Act Litigation. Proposals are being accepted through March 19, 2021. (read)

Highlands Council Funds Watershed Protection Projects in Morris County and Plan Conformance Assessment in Warren County - (1/14/2021) At its most recent meeting, the Highlands Council approved funding to support lake management planning in Rockaway Township, water use and conservation management planning in Randolph Township, and Regional Master Plan (RMP) conformance assessment in Independence Township. (read)

January 14 Meeting Materials Available - (1/8/2021) An agenda and related materials have been posted for the January 14 Highlands Council meeting, which is being held via Zoom. (read)

Request for Proposals: Real Estate Analysis and Development of Municipal Average Value - (1/5/2021) The New Jersey Highlands Development Credit Bank (“HDC Bank”) is soliciting proposals to perform a real estate analysis for the Highlands Region as part of the Highlands Region Transfer of Development Rights (“TDR”) program. Specifically the HDC Bank seeks technical assistance related to the establishment of a “municipal average value,” as referenced at N.J.S.A. 4:1C-31.c and N.J.S.A. 40:55D-159.b. Proposals must be received no later than 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021. Complete details are in the RFP. (read)

Public Notice: 2021 HDC Public Meetings - (12/14/2020) The Highlands Council has published a 2021 schedule of public meetings for the Highlands Development Credit Bank. (read)

Public Notice: 2021 Highlands Council Public Meetings - (12/14/2020) The Highlands Council has published a 2021 schedule of public meetings. (read)

Highlands Council Approves Projects that Advance Economic Sustainability Planning and Wastewater Planning - (12/7/2020) At its most recent meeting, the Highlands Council approved funding to support three projects in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties. The projects include a sewer study in Chester Borough and two economic sustainability planning efforts in Ringwood Borough and Hopatcong Borough. (read)

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Advances Master Plan Goals through Highlands Plan Conformance - (12/3/2020) At its most recent meeting, the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council approved a petition for Plan Conformance for the Morris County Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Approval of the Petition provides the municipality with access to funding and the expertise of the Highlands Council staff in support of efforts to implement priorities in the township’s recently revised Master Plan. (read)

Public Notice: Public Comments Sought on Washington Borough Warren County Petition for Plan Conformance - (11/23/2020) The Highlands Council is currently accepting comments on a Petition for Plan Conformance from Washington Borough, Warren County, through Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Please see the public notice for details. (read)

Highlands RMP Receives State Plan Endorsement - (11/4/2020) On November 4, 2020 the New Jersey State Planning Commission voted to approve endorsement of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. (read)

Press Release: Highlands Council Approves Multiple Projects to Protect Water Resources - (10/15/2020) At its most recent meeting, the Highlands Council approved funding to support six projects in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties. The projects include stormwater mapping, wastewater research, watershed assessment, lake management and transportation planning. (read)

Highlands Council helps preserve nearly 400 acres in Warren County - (7/23/2020) The Highlands Council recently provided critical funding to help preserve a 388-acre farm in Franklin Township, Warren County. The Highlands Council provided nearly $667,000 of the total $1.37 million development rights purchase price, with Warren County providing the remaining funding. (read)

Highlands Council Approves Major Regional Economic Sustainability Study - (6/18/2020) At its most recent meeting, the New Jersey Highlands Council approved a contract to develop an Economic Sustainability Plan for the New Jersey Highlands Region. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, the project will focus sharply on considerations related to the pandemic and its impacts on Highlands economies. (read)

Highlands Council OFFICE CLOSED; Staff working remotely - (3/17/2020) In support of Executive Order 104, the Highlands Council office is currently closed and staff members are working remotely in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. All staff members remain reachable via email, and will return voice messages as soon as possible. Please visit the Highlands Council "Contact" page for a complete list of staff extensions and email addresses. (read)

Highlands Center Designation approved for Chester Borough - (1/16/2020) At its most recent meeting, the Highlands Council voted to designate Chester Borough as a Highlands Center. A Highlands Center is an area within a municipality that the town and the Highlands Council have jointly determined is appropriate for development. Chester Borough’s Highlands Center designation includes the entire municipality. (read)

Highlands Council Awards Grant to Bloomingdale Borough for Sustainable Economic Redevelopment Plan - (12/5/2019) The Highlands Council has approved a grant award of $70,000 to the Borough of Bloomingdale in Passaic County, to complete a Sustainable Economic Redevelopment Plan. The plan will focus on identifying strategies and tactics to stimulate economic activity and growth along the Borough’s Main Street. (read)


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