Highlands Council Can Support Local Growth Plans
August 1st, 2011 by Peter Kasabach
Five municipalities will be appearing before the Highlands Council on August 3rd to have their center designation plans approved. These plans are the result of a voluntary process between the municipalities and the council to plan for responsible, center-based growth, which directs development away from environmentally sensitive areas. New Jersey Future and the Regional Plan Association have sent a letter to the Highlands Council seeking their favorable review of the plans.
UPDATE Aug. 5: The Highlands Council took a positive step forward on Aug. 3 by approving a number of center-based plans. From the Highlands Coalition:
“The council voted on and approved the petitions for plan conformance for the Boroughs of Alpha and Wharton and the Township of Oxford. The council also voted on a proposed Highlands Redevelopment Area for Givaudan Fragrances Corporation in Mount Olive, which was also approved. The council continued discussing and approved Pohatcong Township’s petition for plan conformance. They also reconsidered the Town of Hackettstown’s petition for plan conformance (previously denied by the council) as well as a Transfer of Development Rights Feasibility Grant for Hackettstown; both were approved.”