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A bill that would create a practice act for landscape architects is under review by New Jersey's state legislature in Trenton.

New Jersey landscape architects have introduced legislation that would create a practice act law for the profession. Currently, the state is one of eight that operate with a title act only.

Called Assembly Bill 3247, the legislation would transfer the powers of the Landscape Architect Examination and Evaluation Committee to the New Jersey State Board of Architects. But it would do little to loosen the state's restrictive Site Plan Rule, which limits landscape architects' authority to sign off on plans, at least one critic of the new legislation said.

"We're the most restrictive state in the country as far as the practice of landscape architecture," said John Sadlon, a landscape architect with Bohler Engineering in Warren, N.J. "Any plan beyond a pure planting plan requires an engineer to sign it."

Widening landscape architects' scope of responsibility would require the board, not the legislature, to alter the Site Plan Rule, Sadlon said.
Landscape architect Jeffrey A. Tandul provided the following summary of the pending legislation to Tandul is president of the ASLA's New Jersery chapter.

"This bill was initiated by NJASLA and is currently under review and revision based on additional submissions from NJASLA that are not yet public. With these significant revisions the bill will accomplish the following:

  1. When revised, it will change the status of the profession in New Jersey from a "title only act" to a "title and practice act."
  2. It will modify the definition of the practice of landscape architecture in New Jersey to more closely reflect the training and abilities of landscape architects from a national perspective.
  3. The bill is currently being reviewed by the N.J. state legislature. The final revised bill should be released shortly, and available for public comment. Until the review and revisions are completed a more detailed commentary would be premature.

NJASLA supports the upgrade from a title to a title and practice act and the revision of the definition of landscape architecture in New Jersey. The upgrade process was initiated by the NJASLA and is a major strategic initiative of the Association."

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June 18, 2019, 8:43 am PDT

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