On November 5, 2012, the adoption of a new rule, plan release with conditions, was published in the New Jersey Register. It is effective immediately. This article seeks to provide a brief explanation for the development of this rule and then a summary of the changes it makes.

Background: The Department had received complaints about the lack of predictable timeframes in rehabilitation projects, particularly in tenant fit-outs upon a change of tenancy. The lack of predictability in timeframes meant that business owners and project managers could not provide an accurate move-in timeframe for their tenants or clients. In response to the concerns that were expressed, the Department formed a small working group. Serving on it were representatives of the business community, property managers, design professionals, and code enforcement officials. The focus of the small working group was to devise a process to provide predictability in the plan review process for…

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About Kurt M Kalafsky AIA

- One of the original founders and Chief Technology Officer of The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects, LLC. - Twenty five years of practical experience has created breadth of knowledge and performance in the research and development of CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design) in corporate office interiors and base building architecture. - Registered Architect in twenty eight states and the District of Columbia, including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania. - Overall responsibility for the supervision and production of technical and computer aided drafting and design for each client's facility needs. - Researches the latest technology in both hardware and software for new advancements in the CADD/BIM Industry to develop ways to service The Aztec Corporation's clients more effectively and efficiently. Specialties -Helping clients to maximize the use of their space assets to align their physical environment with their short and long term business plans. - Considered an expert in code review and interpretation. Currently serving as the 2nd Vice President and Codes and Standards Chairman for AIA New Jersey (The New Jersey Society of Architects).

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