The Montana legislature may be budging in on the local development and building approval process. The state is facing a housing shortage, and lawmakers are looking to get bureaucracy out of the way of construction. Two bills, one to allow local jurisdictions to combine forces in the planning and approval phase, and another to force local jurisdictions to make a decision on a building/development application within 20 business days working their way through the Montana legislature. Both bills are being met with wide support.
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