The Highlands Act establishes the Preservation Area and Planning Area of the Highlands Region. It describes the varied attributes of each and sets forth the major land use planning goals that pertain to the lands located within each. The Act defines the geographic extent of the Highlands Region to include the aggregated land area making up its constituent municipalities. (N.J.S.A. 13:20-7a.) It provides a physical delineation of the Preservation Area by use of a specific metes and bounds description (N.J.S.A. 13:20-7b), designating all remaining lands within the Highlands Region as the Planning Area.
Highlands Area. The Township Master Plan incorporates the Highlands Preservation Area and Planning Area, inclusive of the goals applicable to each, as an integral component of the planning and land use policies of the municipality. For purposes of this chapter, these areas are designated as the Township Highlands Area. A map of the Township Highlands Area appears in Exhibit 1.