Exemptions Eligible for Municipal Determination
Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the Highlands Council has developed a program to authorize municipalities with approved Plan Conformance Petitions to issue determinations regarding certain Highlands Act exemptions, following completion of a training and certification program and adoption of an approved Highlands ordinance. Details regarding this program are provided below.
Certification and Tracking
Training Program Materials
Model Highlands Area Exemption Ordinance
Exemptions Eligible for Municipal DeterminationDescriptions below are only summaries of the seven exemptions eligible for municipal decision. The complete list and full text of all exemptions can be found in the Highlands Act. All local zoning, land use ordinances, state and federal regulations still apply.
Materials are provided here for reference only. Attendance at Highlands Council training is required for certification.
CEUs: This training program has been approved for one technical contact hour for individuals holding a Rutgers-issued Board Secretary, Zoning Official, and/or Land Use Administrator certification(s). Attendees will be provided with the proper paperwork and instructions at the training session. Please note that certificate holders may only count their attendance at one Municipal Exemption Determination training session per planning/zoning renewal cycle.
Model Highlands Area Exemption OrdinancePlease note that this ordinance is only for use by municipalities that have completed the training program referenced above. Adoption of this ordinance must occur prior to certification of the municipality.