The price and lack of housing in Utah is a serious problem, and whatever can be done to reduce regulations and therefore increase supply, should be done. Most importantly though, Utahns should have the ability to use their...
Rather than ask Utahns to weave through a patchwork of confusing regulations, Senate Bill 204 would ensure that permitting processes throughout the state meet three simple and common-sense rules.
Limited and Open Government
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.
When the permitting process is too complicated, too expensive, or takes too long to accomplish, it's more than just a headache—it can be downright dangerous.
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.
What happens when the government competes with the free market to provide non essential services? The practice is all too common and it sabotages both the government and the people.
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.