Dude STFU with this build 1,000,000 more new homes every month nonsense. The permitting process is necessary because you don’t want your stupid house on a sinkhole or underground river and they need to determine the environmental and city services impact. Thusly, they need geological studies, seismic studies, nexus studies. Idiots like you obviously don’t work as a city engineer or city planner or code enforcement. Let me give you a quick lesson that doesn’t even cover the full spectrum of the issue. If you want to build a new community you have to decide how much cost is involved in the following:
Additional police and fire needed. Location of Police stations and fire stations to the project and response times. Sewer lines and sewer capacity for addition inflow. How much to add new laterals to the new project and can the current wastewater treatment plants handle the flow. If not, who can the wastewater be treated by? Water lines and water capacity, same as above but for water. Can wells within the city handle the additional water demand and if not, who can water be purchased from and for how much. If new wells are needed, does the groundwater meet CEQA and NEQA drinking water standards and if not, how much are treatment facilities going to cost Stormwater. Same as above but to build stormwater system to handle the new capacity. Parks services, what is the impact on parks and other recreational activities from new families showing up. Are there enough public programs, libraries, pools, etc for these new families. Public facilities impact, these address basically all general services such as the operational capacities of the general government ie billing services, city clerk, city counsel, public outreach, accounting and finance. Streelights and traffic signals same as above Public works impact, building new roads to the new development, how the new traffic flow will effect existing city infrastructure and state and federal highway entrances and exits. Usually this is down in conjunction with CalTRANS etc so that the State and Fed highway system can anticipate the impact on traffic. Impact on local wildlife and protected species. Is the spotted barn owl hunting ground going to be decimated by your shiny new block of townhomes? Yeah, you don’t care but these things matter.
After all these studies and calculations are done and a fee is created for this new development, the cities always have to negotiate with developers not wanting to pay these costs and this goes on for months and months. Then they have to bring these plans to the current residents to decide if they want this new development. Not everyone wants a new main road built within 100 feet of their home or a 10,000 unit apartment overshadowing their backyard. In addition to all this, city planners also have to determine if the developer plans are accurate and within new code. Some cities do allow for crazy new developments by pushing them through planning without taking all this into consideration and then everyone bitches about their houses being too windy, too hot, too close to freeway, the traffic, lack of city services, or crazy high CFD’s.