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.
The Township Master Plan incorporates the Highlands Preservation Area, inclusive of the goals applicable to it, as an integral component of the planning and land use policies of the municipality. For purposes of this chapter, this area is designated as the Township Highlands Area. A map of the Township Highlands Area appears in Exhibit 1.