"State Highlands Bill Threatens Northern New
Jersey Property Owners"
The 100-page Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (S.1,
A. 2635) would establish a regional planning commission, the
Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council, to prepare a
master regional land use plan, to be followed by "stringent"
development regulations by the Department of Environmental Protection.
"Testimony of Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D. before the
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, The Highlands Conservation
Act, 366 Senate Dirksen Office Building,
March 24, 2004"
If the Highlands Conservation Act (H.R. 1964)
is enacted, it will be
harmful for the people in the highlands and their environment.
Areas, Eminent Domain Looms; Gov. Corzine Arrives
Institute for Justice
(a non-profit legal foundation
that defends freedom, is representing property owners in New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other areas where cities
are using eminent domain to take property from small businesses
and homeowners to transfer it to their private businesses, such
as hotels and upscale stores.)
The Patriot of New Jersey
Editors: Ed Smith
& Bruce Siminoff
Covers many property rights issues.
Biosphere Reserves in
New Jersey Pinelands
Interactive map of Unesco biosphere reserves in the
U.S. and the world
New Jersey State Legislature
Presented to William J. Opferman Arrives After His Death"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, reprinted from New York Property Rights
Clearinghouse, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Fall 2008)
At the Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property
Rights, PRFA President Carol W. LaGrasse presented the Seventh
Annual Grassroots Leadership Award to William J. Opferman of
Hamilton, New Jersey, in his absence, in recognition of his ten
years of dedicated leadership defending private property rights
in his local community, the State of New Jersey, and the nation-from
eminent domain, intrusive trails, and federal land designations,
especially major river trails, multi-state trails, and National
Heritage Areas. However, Mr. Opferman, who had been ill, died
a few weeks before the conference.
Rights of Religious Institutions Facing Zoning and Historic Preservation"
- By Roman P. Storzer, Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. Washington,
D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property
Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
In no other area is there as much restriction on religious
exercise, a First Amendment freedom, than in the land use context,
with possibly the exception of prisoners. The federal Religious
Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, RLUIPA, targets landmarking
and land use laws. Zoning boards no longer hold all the power.
Churches, mosques and temples can go to court and get redress
under a relatively strong standard of review.
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By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of
America, Before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and
Public Lands of the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House
of Representatives Regarding H. R. 1286, Washington-Rochambeau
Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Designation Act,
October 30, 2007"
The proposed 600-mile Washington-Rochambeau Historic Trail
through nine states from Rhode Island to Virginia poses a threat
to private property rights because of the National Park Service's
pattern of secrecy, lack of true public participation, piecemeal
development, use of municipalities and non-profit agencies as
false fronts, and use of eminent domain (directly, indirectly
through local municipalities, and later to widen trails). Amendments
to H.R. 1286 are proposed to eliminate these deficiencies.
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Fight Back in the New Jersey Highlands" - By Devlen
Mackey, Owner, Mackey Orchards, Belvidere, New Jersey; Eleventh
Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Farmers, local government, and developers are opposing the
state regional zoning law, the New Jersey Highlands Regional
Planning and Water Protection Act, which imposes 88-acre zoning
and exploits endangered species rules in Hunterdon, Warren, and
other northwestern New Jersey counties to stop the use of land.
The law is said to be intended to protect the watershed for drinking
water, but sewers to keep flow from Lake Hopatcong are prohibited
by the Department of Environmental Protection.
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Species & WildlifeNational
on this topic: Farming IssuesNational
Wildlife Refuge Draft Bill Threatens Trenton, NJ, Area"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, February 2, 2004)
Rep. Christopher H. Smith has a draft bill to create a National
Wildlife Refuge for the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh and Crosswicks
Creek. Sportsmen, boaters, and property owners are angry, because
a lock-out except for biologists, birders, canoers, and hikers
would displace the established uses of the area.
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Rivers & Areas National
would create Highlands Stewardship Area - $25 million fund would
tie up land in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, August 27, 2003)
Wealthy New York interests, non-profits, recreationists, and
preservationists have been working for over ten years on a grandiose
greenway from the Delaware River across northern New Jersey,
southern New York just north of the metropolitan region, and
western Connecticut. A new bill in Congress will direct money
from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy up land.
More on this
Land Ownership & Control National
- Full proposal for New York Metropolitan Region Biosphere