The RMP Monitoring Program addresses the periodic RMP update required by the Highlands Act.  The Program evaluates progress toward achieving the goals of the RMP through implementation of policies and programs.  The Monitoring Program is not intended to amend the RMP, but rather develop the factual foundation on which potential amendments to the RMP may be made.

Upcoming Stakeholder Outreach Workshops

The Highlands Council has scheduled three Stakeholder Outreach Workshops to solicit public input on the Highlands RMP as part of the RMP Monitoring Program. Members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about this process and provide input. Workshop dates, times and locations are provided below. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change due to weather conditions will be announced on this website.

December 15, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
County College of Morris
Student Community Center
Davidson Room
214 Center Grove Road
Randolph, NJ
January 12, 2015
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sussex County Technical School
Cafeteria
105 N. Church Road
Sparta, NJ
January 14, 2015
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Oldwick Fire Company Social Hall
(across from Melick’s Town Farm)
163 Oldwick Road (Rts. 523/517)
Oldwick, NJ

These sessions were announced via public notice on November 20, 2014.

Background

The Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP) is continually updated as a result of new or corrected information received from municipalities as part of the Plan Conformance process. 

In addition, the Highlands Act requires a more substantive review take place every six years. The RMP outlined a Monitoring Program to meet this requirement: 

"The RMP Monitoring Program and associated Monitoring Review Report will evaluate the progress in achieving the goals of the RMP through implementation of policies and programs. The implementation of a monitoring program will ensure that the RMP remain effective and current." - Highland Regional Master Plan, pg. 416

The objectives of the Monitoring Program are:

  • Identify indicators and milestones that will allow measurement of progress toward goals outlined in the Highlands Act and RMP.
  • To the extent practical, measure progress to date.
  • Establish process for continued monitoring going forward.

The launch of the 2014 Monitoring Program was announced at the March 2013 Highlands Council Meeting(ppt).