A Highlands Center is an area where development and redevelopment is planned and encouraged. Highlands Centers are intended to support balance in the Highlands Region by providing for sustainable economic growth while protecting critical natural and cultural resources.

Highlands Center designation may be incorporated into a municipality’s Petition for Plan Conformance. Municipalities interested in exploring a Highlands Center designation should contact the Highlands Council staff to begin the process. A list of approved Highlands Centers to date is below. Highlands Center mapping is available on the GIS page.


Approved Highlands Centers (as of March 2021)
Bergen Mahwah Township
Hunterdon  Lebanon Borough
Morris Chester Borough, Randolph Township, Washington Township, Wharton Borough
Sussex Byram Township, Hopatcong Borough
Alpha Borough, Hackettstown, Lopatcong Township, Oxford Township, Phillipsburg, Pohatcong Township, Washington Borough