Homeowner Speaks Out Against Highlands

From the Express Times:

Highlands Act takes property’s value

The Highlands Act is effectively confiscating the value of my property, and I strenuously object. The sanctity of private property is a cherished American principle. It is at the heart of the famous “American Dream” — the house, the home — unquestionably owned and controlled by the family which has earned it, paid for it and protected it. The concept of private property is so universally held by Americans that those unfamiliar with the Highlands Act (because they have not been affected by it) are incredulous when they hear about it. People find it impossible to believe they have lost the rights to their private property. I in no way accept a limitation on my property (67 acres, two historic houses and barn) which would prohibit me from building a new house on open acres. I bought the property in 1964, in full faith that once I had paid for it, I actually owned it. The Highlands Act clearly discriminates against landowners. Many of its “rules” are so extreme as to be ludicrous. If I refuse to allow a DEP representative to enter my property, I can be fined $10,000? Surely, I’m dreaming. The fact that the Highlands Act takes 370 pages to explain itself indicates how scattershot its aim. Its many prohibitions and penalties appear random, disproportionate, capricious. I believe a strong legal case can be and will eventually be made against it. I respectfully urge New Jerseyans to consider its potential for damage and to do all within their power to have it reconsidered. I shall do all within my power to overturn it and, of course, it will be a significant issue when I next vote.

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18 Responses to Homeowner Speaks Out Against Highlands

  1. Anonymous says:

    GSML listings

    3/06/06 24,111

    4/25/06 27,418

    Inventory building realtors and sellers getting depressed…Lots and lots of FSBO signs.

    Much lower prices in 6-12 months



  2. Anonymous says:

    GSML listings

    3/06/06 24,111

    4/25/06 27,418


  3. Michelle says:

    Hey Grim,

    Linkie no workie!

  4. Great clip – Grim. I really loved it.

    Coming to your Highlands post. I don’t have any position on this, but tell me what you all think.

    Both Eminent Domain & Highlands Act allow state/local govt to control the Land owned by individuals. As the article mentioned, American value their property rights. There was lot of Hue & Cry in Media (I am talking specifically NJ media) about Eminent Domain taking properties away from individuals. But I did not see similar expression on Highlands act. After all both of these are taking rights away from individual. The only difference is Eminent Domain is mainly done to develop something on the land while other is to stop any development.

    I am not expert, but if Americans have rights to their property, should both of these laws violate that principal !!!

  5. Metroplexual says:

    Funny. But this guy is waling into a mess. I don’t blame him….Yet.

  6. Anonymous says:


    What a hilarious video!!!

    Thanks for link.

  7. Anonymous says:

    GsML lsitings just jumped again
    Welcome to the new home of Garden State MLS’ public search engine. Currently, there are 27,520 properties advertised for sale in NJ on our site.

    It was 27,418 just about an hour ago now it’s 27,520.


    ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba BOYCOTT Houses

    Prices will tank in next 6-12 months.



  8. Anonymous says:


    I am hoping you are correct with the prices tanking.. I am hopeful that at this time next year prices will continue to be lower than what they have been lately :(

  9. Anonymous says:

    re: the video on post #1

    Er, “stagflate”? Those guys must be having flashbacks to the Jimmy Carter years.

    The video is hysterical, but there’s zero substance to his “message.”

    Bernanke has only been Fed Reserve Chair for 6 months!

    Unemployment is at historic lows at 4.7%.

    The anti-Bush spin is weak, Bush didn’t nominate Alan Greenspan.

    Delusional stuff, but still funny.

  10. Anonymous says:

    GSML site is down again. Not working.

    probably adding some more inventory..

    Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba BOYCOTT HOUSES!!!!!!



  11. grim said…
    7:20 AM

    The video is tragic. They must be marketing majors. Vacuous. I don’t care that it was Follies.

  12. UnRealtor says:

    “The video is tragic. They must be marketing majors. Vacuous.”

    Yes, the auteurs apparently suffer from “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” aka BDS. Clouds the judgement, not that it’s apparent any existed beforehand.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yet another right-wing malcontent who objects that there is any remaining fragment in NJ that hasn’t been manipulated by man and paved over. What does this have to do with the housing bubble?

  14. Anonymous says:


  15. The co-author of the textbook in the video is currently a professor at Wharton. A former co-worker of mine is a first year there, and is in this person’s class. He is forwarding the link to the professor. If I hear anything, I will pass it along.

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