Property owners as top court to overturn Highlands law

Lawyers representing residents in Hunterdon, Morris and Warren counties have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the New Jersey Highlands Act, calling the 2004 law “a policy initiative of massive scope and utopian ambition that preserves land while unjustly taking away its value,.” The nine plaintiffs say the value of farmland they own in northwestern New Jersey has diminished under restrictions from the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, and say the loss of $15 billion in property value in the region violates their constitutional rights.

Property owners as top court to overturn Highlands law