Highlands Master Plan
“The Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP) guides implementation of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act of 2004. The Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act is a law signed in August 2004 that will preserve open space and protect the state’s greatest diversity of natural resources including the precious water resources that supply drinking water to more than half of New Jersey’s families. The Highlands Act documents the geographical boundary of the Highlands Region and establishes the Highlands Preservation Area and the Highlands Planning Area. It required the department to establish regulations in the Highlands Preservation Area to create a Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council and to develop a regional master plan for the entire Highlands Region.” -NJ Highlands Council
Chester Township has opted in to the Highlands Master Plan.
The current Chester Township Master Plan (2000 Master Plan) was adopted by the Planning Board pursuant to Article 3 of the MLUL (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28) on October 23, 2001. A Reexamination Report was adopted on October 23, 2007. Subsequent to adoption of the 2000 Master Plan, the Planning Board adopted amendments to the Master Plan in April of 2004, April of 2005, April of 2004, November of 2005 and May of 2010, affecting the following Master Plan Elements, respectively: Environmental Plan and Utility Plan; Land Use Plan; Housing Plan and Fair Share Plan; and Housing Plan and Fair Share Plan. The Reexamination Report and amendments are available for review at the Chester Township Municipal Building in the office of the Planning/Zoning Administrator.