Legislators have discovered the enemy, and it is themselves!

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.
(13) Obtaining an extension of an approval pursuant to existing statutory or regulatory provisions can be both costly in terms of time and financial resources and insufficient to cope with the extent of the present financial conditions ...;
(14) Obtaining extensions of approvals granted by State government is frequently impossible, always difficult, and always expensive (did you guys ever consider that this might be part of the problem in the first place?!)

Hard to argue with the guys when they are basically ripping themselves a new one in the process!

Comments

Heaven forbid they should work on a law

that requires a simplification of the process. Saving time and money may be beyond their comprehension.



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