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This Week in Trenton – January 20, 2010

January 22, 2010

Christie Signs Executive Orders Governor Chris Christie today signed a series of executive orders designed to make budgeting and finances more transparent, halt unfunded mandates on towns, freeze new regulations on business and broaden state pay-to-play prohibitions to limit donations by labor unions. A brief summary of the executive orders follows: Executive Order 1 freezes Read More

ARE 4.0 Courses Scheduled

January 14, 2010

The College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology is offering two evening review courses for the ARE 4.0 this spring in Structural Systems and Building Systems. Classes start on January 25, 2010. For more information or to register, contact the instructor, Rima Taher, at Taher@adm.njit.edu

Construction Jobless Rate Climbs To 19.4% in November

December 5, 2009

12/04/2009 – By Tom Ichniowski (ENR) Construction’s unemployment rate continued to to rise in November, climbing to 19.4% from October’s 18.7%, while the nation’s overall jobless rate declined slightly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. Job creation has become a prime topic in Washington, as congressional Democrats work on new measures aimed at bringing Read More

Legislators to Introduce Bill Overriding Court Decision on Affordable Housing

November 21, 2009

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. Lawmakers have reacted swifty to the Appellate Division’s recent decision that affordable housing must be accorded “inherently beneficial” status when proposed in use variance applications, even if a town has already otherwise met all affordable housing obligations assigned by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). On September 18, two Republican Read More

Appellate Division Holds Affordable Housing Qualifies as "Inherently Beneficial Use" in Use Variance Applications

November 21, 2009

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. On August 24, 2009, the Appellate Division issued a decision in Homes of Hope v. Eastampton Land Use Planning Board that makes it harder for municipal land use boards to deny use variance applications by developers seeking to build affordable housing. At issue in the lawsuit was whether a 100% Read More

Appellate Division Holds Affordable Housing Qualifies as "Inherently Beneficial Use" in Use Variance Applications

November 21, 2009

By: Henry T. Chou, Esq. On August 24, 2009, the Appellate Division issued a decision in Homes of Hope v. Eastampton Land Use Planning Board that makes it harder for municipal land use boards to deny use variance applications by developers seeking to build affordable housing. At issue in the lawsuit was whether a 100% Read More

AIA Releases New Version of AIA Contract Documents Software

November 6, 2009

AIA Contract Documents is excited to announce our new release, which includes innovative solutions that address some of the industry’s latest trends, including Integrated Project Delivery, sustainability and federally funded projects. Current AIA Contract Documents customers are encouraged to attend a webcast on Tuesday, November 10 to learn about what’s new in our latest software Read More

This Week in Trenton by PSI

November 1, 2009

October 30, 2009 Gubernatorial Race Update A new Quinnipiac University poll has Governor Jon Corzine with a five point lead, 43%-38%, over Republican Christopher Christie – with independent Christopher Daggett at 13%.  This is Corzine’s first lead in a Quinnipiac poll and represents a six point swing for the Governor over a poll conducted two Read More

Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates Continues as an AIA/CES Provider

October 29, 2009

A new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools” WHIPPANY, N.J., OCT. 26, 2009 – Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates (LSG&A), one of the top acoustical engineering firms in the country, is pleased to announce that the firm continues as an AIA/CES Registered Provider with a new presentation entitled “Acoustical Designs of Sustainable Schools”. “The Sustainable Read More

Draft of IGCC Green Code

October 26, 2009

Version 3 of the IGCC (International Green Construction Cose) Draft has been posted on the green codes website. This Version 3 will be the new base document for consideration of changes which will occur at the next SBTC meeting (Mtg #4) on December 15 – 17, 2009 in Bonita Springs, FL. Here’s the link: http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/sbtc/pages/firstdraftdevelopment.aspx

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