It seems to take forever. It seems labored and tedious; and because of regulations and policies, it does take longer. But the regulations are there for a reason. If we didn’t have them, anyone could just go build a shack in a national forest, or take your water rights, or build in open space.
Regulations protect us all. Some of them are mired in red tape but most of them were created to protect our rights, not infringe on them. Do your best to come up to speed on what the regulations say and why they are in place. People may not like being told they have to wait, but if they understand why, they may find it easier to have patience.