The Highlands Council does not issue permits, but is statutorily required to review certain proposed projects throughout the Highlands Region for consistency with the Highlands Act and Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP). The Highlands Council shares jurisdiction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which is the permitting agency in the Highlands. Please refer to the links below for additional guidance. If you have any questions, please contact the Highlands Council at (908) 879-6737.

Projects Currently Being Considered

July 2024
Proposed Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation
Phillipsburg Mall Site, Lopatcong and Pohatcong Townships, Warren County
The Highlands Council is currently accepting comments on a proposed Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation located in Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township (Warren County). Comments will be accepted through Friday, August 9, 2024. Complete details are available in the public notice below.

May 2024
Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation: Naughright and Sand Shore Roads, Mount Olive Township, Morris County
Block 8300, Lots 5, 5.02, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 11.01; Block 8100, Lot 38; Block 8400, Lot 1
The Highlands Council is currently considering a proposed redevelopment area designation in Mount Olive Township, Morris County. A review of the proposal along with staff recommendations is available in the report below. A public comment period was held from May 2 through June 2, and announced via the public notice posted below. A public hearing on the designation was originally scheduled for the June 19 regular Highlands Council meeting but has been postponed at the request of the municipality.

Project Review Status and Tracking

Tracking Sheets
A summary of information regarding past and current projects reviewed by Highlands Council staff can be found in the tracking sheets below.

Full-Council Reviews
Details and documents related to projects that have been review by Highlands Council staff and voted on by the full Highlands Council are available on the page below. 

Highlands Project Review Process Resources

Please refer to the Project Review Procedures above and/or speak with a Highlands Council Liaison before using these forms.

Highlands Redevelopment Area Designation Procedures

These procedures outline the process and requirements for receiving Council designation of Highlands Redevelopment Areas. Such designations are necessary for any project that requires a Highlands Preservation Area Approval under N.J.A.C. 7:38 (the NJDEP Preservation Area Rules) with a waiver of provisions regarding a brownfield or a site with existing impervious cover of 70 percent or more.