In my experience dealing with bureaucrats, older is better.
Youngsters straight from university are empty heads with a need to prove their 'value', so they are quick to deny
Denial is also a form of self-preservation -- if nothing happens, they cannot be blamed.
Fear is their motivation.
Accordingly, I shop my bureaucrats.
If one says 'invest thousands, hire engineers, wait decades', I politely say 'I may need to evaluate the entire project'... and walk away.
If the next says 'that other bureaucrat was clueless', I see the potential for us to work together.
A sense of humor is essential.
Unless you intend to live in one area permanent, you might consider shopping a different state/country.