Even if the golf course plans went off without a hitch, financially speaking, the question remains: is this the proper role of government and an appropriate use of taxpayer money? The answer is no.
With no deadline by which a permit decision has to be made, issuing entities can indefinitely postpone consideration of an application, effectively denying it.
Anonymous complaints hinder an objective and just code enforcement process.
Should the government be able to take your property to build a public park? It's quite likely, there's nothing standing in their way.
Should people be able to rent out a portion of their home on a short term basis? There's no reason to prohibit it and coming out of COVID-19, people may need to.