I would be remiss if I didn't pass this juicy story along. And here I thought things were bad in the county I formerly worked for in California.

Discretionary review: SF should raise standard

When Kristin Hansen and her husband, Eric, were ready to start a family, they made plans for a 700-square-foot addition to their Noe Valley house. They expected they'd have to carefully follow planning codes, get architectural drawings, and speak to the neighbors.

What they didn't expect was a 2 1/2-year, $150,000 nightmare.

The Hansens fell into the city's residential rabbit hole - a process called "discretionary review."
Anybody work in or has worked in a jurisdiction that would foster this type of horror story? Total abuse of the system in my view.

Full story:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...BA8U1HHUQV.DTL