There are bills in the House and Senate that would extend the life of a development permit for developers that find themselves unable to complete or continue with a project due to the downturn in the real estate market. While this is probably a good idea, I think some of the reasons that the state legislators are considering this, as provided in the text of the bill, are rather amusing and shed light on why our government is so screwed up to begin with! The bills are SB 831 and HB 1490. Here are some of the reasons given for this bill (and I'm not making this up!):
(4) The process of obtaining planning board and zoning board of adjustment approvals for subdivisions, site plans, and variances can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive, both for private applicants and government bodies.