(This story, in slightly different form, originally appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal.)

More than three years have now passed since the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (the Highlands Law) was approved in the waning days of the McGreevey administration. One of the Highlands Law’s principal requirements was that the Highlands Council prepare and adopt a regional master plan within 18 months of the Council’s first meeting.

On Nov. 30, 2006, several months behind schedule, the council released its initial draft RMP. That effort was soundly criticized by landowner, development and environmental interests. With no allies in sight, the proposal failed to secure sufficient traction and did not proceed to adoption.

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