The Highlands Council is a 15-member appointed body tasked with implementation of the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act of 2004. The Highlands Council is advised in its actions by its Executive Director, who serves as the chief administrative officer of the Council. The Executive Director is assisted by and oversees the operations of a professional staff of planners, science experts, geographic information specialists and administrative personnel, based in Chester, NJ.  

Follow the links to the left for information about current Council and staff members.

Complete details about the make-up of the Council's membership, its powers, duties, and responsibilities can be found in the text of the law (sections C.13:20-4, 5, and 6). A link to Council Bylaws is below.

On occasion, the Highlands Council will establish Committees to examine particular issues but in general meets as a Committee of the whole. Four standing committees address the functions of Audit, Audit Evaluation, Budget & Finance, and Personnel. Meeting dates, times and materials are available via the “Calendar” link to the left.

Highlands Council Overview, Quick Facts and Regional Locator Map (11 x 17 pdf)