Please add a feature to a task or a project to mark them as a Draft, as Published or as Archived. This would allow for entire workflows to be built, reviewed and adjusted without sending notifications or appearing as active tasks until they are PUBLISHED.
This would also apply to template projects in DRAFT status. Templates can maintain assignments to people or groups without appearing as ON HOLD since they would still be in DRAFT stage.
Lastly, this could apply to new requests as well since they are not active projects until they are PUBLISHED by the operations or management personnel.