Highlands Act of 2004: P.L. 2004, c.120 (pdf)
Amendments to the Highlands Act:
The Highlands Act includes 17 exemptions from the provisions of Act and Regional Master Plan. In addition, the DEP Highlands Rules include 4 waivers that allow some degree of deviation from the enhanced environmental standards of the Act.
In 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding provided authority to Highlands municipalities to issue 7 of the most common exemptions following completion of a training and certification program with the Highlands Council.
Full text of the exemptions can be found in the Highlands Act at C.13:20-28. Full text of the waivers can be found in the DEP Highlands Rules at 7:38-6.4. The fourth waiver, 7:38-6.9 Waiver for the construction of a 100 percent affordable housing development, was added to Highlands Rules during the 2005 re-adoption with amendments. Full text of the waiver can be found in the New Jersey Register, Volume 37, Issue 24, December 19, 2005.